Native Americans have long held that in every deliberation, we must consider the impact on the seventh generation, “even if it requires having skin as thick as the bark of the pine.” We firmly believe that we must appreciate what we have been given, live sustainably, and deeply consider any action on nature in terms of 140 years and beyond.
Here is just one example of why we must act now. Each year New Hampshire alone loses nearly 13,000 acres of forests, about half the land area of an average size town. A researcher at the state’s university predicts that if aver- age temperatures rise another 6oF, then New England will no longer have any sugar maples at all. Imagine New England without the brilliant foliage of fall and the sweet drip of maple sap at the end of winter. Under even the EPA’s own climate-change scenarios, that could hap- pen before the turn of the next century. For us, that is in our grandchildren’s lifetimes.
Be an Example.
Saving the earth can sometimes seem like pie- in-the-sky idealism. Some people say it just can’t be done. They say there are too many people, too much corporate greed, the dam- age is already done–that it is just too difficult a task all around. We cannot let these naysayers control the conversation. When words aren’t getting through, we must model sustainability and conservation through our own actions. It isn’t difficult. Just turn out some lights. Help save a park. Buy local. Go solar. When people see our good example, their thoughts and actions may follow.