“As I see it any individual has two choices; stick your head in the sand or look around and see what reasonable things you can do to help make a difference.”
–Senator Susan Bartlett
I think I must hear about global warming every time I turn on the news these days, and to be honest, after living in a desert, I’ve never really given it much thought (what’s a few degrees warmer when it’s already so hot?).
In reading Martin Keogh’s Hope Beneath Our Feet though, I realized that the importance of “going green” – regardless of whether our efforts are really in vain – is not just found in temperature change, but in a real potential crisis worldwide.
As environmental activist Dr. Vandana Shiva states in her essay, “Earth Rights” in the book, “We need a new paradigm for living on the earth, because the old one is clearly not working.”
Hope Beneath Our Feet features essays from people of all walks of life – from food journalist Michael Pollan to bestselling novelist Alice Walker, to Chameli Ardagh founder of Awakening Women, to Senator Susan Bartlett–answering what is perhaps the most important question to our world right now: “In a time of environmental crisis, how can we live right now?”
For some writers like Michael Ableman, change begins with taking a hard look at how and what we choose to eat; for others, it’s a matter of looking inward first to figure out what means the most to you. This book is both a guide and a source of inspiration in the fight for a greener world, with plenty of practical tips and reminders for how and why we should take steps for change.
I really connected with this book’s incorporation of spiritual essays encouraging people to be hopeful of the future—not to fear it like so many others. It celebrated the different ways we can all come together and work hard to set goals (and follow through on them!), instead of just waiting around for the next Earth Day to do something about it.
After reading Mr. Keogh’s book I was inspired, to comb through my life and really try to focus on the wasteful things I do every day. Don’t get me wrong, I know I’m no Super Woman, but that doesn’t mean that I can’t make a difference by owning up to my actions and challenging myself to change them. The hardest part of any change is sticking to it and finding that thing (or things) that motivates you the most.
What gives you the resolve to make a difference?
Carol Stocks is a recent graduate of Arizona State University dipping her toe into the PR field (and hoping to dive in fully shortly!). An avid reader and true wanderer, when Carol is not reading fantasy books about imaginary lands, she is traveling to real far-off places. A current resident of Fremont, CA, carol is currently looking towards the East Coast for her next adventure.