Future generations are not going to ask us what political party were you in. They are going to ask what did you do about it, when you knew the glaciers were melting. - Martin Sheen
I try my best to not be political on this platform, which is only made funnier by the fact that one of my university degrees is in political science. But a few weeks ago I sat around a big wooden table with a group of friends and the question was asked, “what will future generations condemn us for?” I am well aware that my view of the world is dictated by the people I surround myself with. The majority of people in my life find joy in challenging one another to live more environmentally consciously. Our group texts are filled with new initiatives to save the planet and our go-to travel companions are reusable cups, water bottles and utensils. I am aware that this is not the reality of a lot of people. But my musings today bring me to the first time that I stood inside of a glacier. I cried, and I am not a very emotional person to say the least. All of the photos and videos in the world could not have prepared me for the rush of emotion that flooded me in that moment. I remember the following weeks, watching documentaries, reading published journals and yes, knocking on Jeppe’s door, trying to answer all of the questions about things that I didn’t know I didn’t know - I was hooked (for a brief time instagram even allowed me to list glacier as my profession). I think that it is easy to ignore, heck, maybe even easy to deny, that our planet is changing (and maybe not in a way that can sustain human life) from hundreds or thousands of miles away from tangible manifestations such as glaciers receding, coral dying and rising sea levels. But I think we owe it to ourselves, to one another and to our planet to at least entertain the thought. And, of course, I am curious what your answer to the question would be - what do you believe will future generations condemn us for?
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