‘No one’s an exception’: toll of climate change, from US to the Marshall Islands
August 28, 2019
Most people have no idea where the Marshall Islands are or that they even exist. My second wildflower is Marshalleese. It is my responsibility to her and her culture -and to my heart- to share the crisis facing this island nation. Please, plant as many trees as you can. Mother Earth needs us to act.
This week, as the Amazon burns out of control and I am helping steer the research on my daughters’ country culture reports for their homeschool presentations, my heart hurts for our world in so many ways. The report that I am helping to create is not one of usual statistics and geographical data. It is a cry for help.
If global temperatures rise more than 1.5C, the Marshall Islands are likely to disappear. The thin atolls scattered across the Pacific Ocean are already seeing regular flooding and droughts directly related to climate change. More Marshallese are leaving in search of dry land, with nearly one-third of the population currently in the US. Many fear that with the exodus, their culture will be lost to a country that has already taken so much from them. –Source: The Guardian
My 7 year old and I play “I love you more than…” daily. One day her replies included the usual – more than the stars, more than chocolate, etc. Then she surprised me with “Mama, I don’t love you more than the Earth because without the Earth, I’d have nowhere to go. And I don’t love you more than trees because without trees I couldn’t breath.”
This 7 year old gets it. She understands it better than most adults.
For her birthday this year, we requested donations in her honor to support the planting of mangrove trees from Seatrees.com. It’s much more important to me for my children to have a healthy planet to live on than having a few days of fun with more plastic toys. Thank you to everyone that planted trees!!!
Next, I’m having a rainbow eucalyptus planted in the Philippines by One Tree Planted for my rainbow girls. (We just planted one in our yard as well).
Plant trees to sequester carbon. Floridians have a very special opportunity/advantage/responsibility because our state wants to help us grow beneficial plants and be covered in forest, not grass and annuals. Even those without green thumbs can succeed with many Florida native trees.