I used to think that the best strategy for dealing with climate change was to keep it at a safe distance. My own happy life over here, thank you very much, and all the other depressing stuff over there. A clear line. Order. No interfering. That was the plan.
I can understand why I felt that way. Climate change is like an entire kingdom filled with conflicting opinions, doomsday predictions, voices, and frustrated people. Venturing into that realm reeks of trouble, like stepping over to the wrong side of the tracks. What would be the point of that?
Also, if I suddenly took a keen interest in tar sands and rising sea levels, where would it end? What would happen to me? What would happen to Fun-Loving Inger, Book Store Inger, and Movies Inger? I'll tell you what would happen. Climate Change Inger would take over the entire scene and bring all the other Ingers down, like an annoying, out of control house guest. I honestly feared that if I allowed anything bigger than a commitment to recycling to infiltrate my world, my life as I knew it would be over.
Not that I was a totally lame. Correct. I did my part, sometimes. Also correct.
And in my defense, wasn't there a ton of other people out there, talented people, sustainable magicians, who were dying to come up with green solutions? If they were so gung-ho about saving the rainforest, who was I to stand in their way? Plus, I had a lot of other things to think about. 'Why should I have to do everything?' I thought, winningly.
Was I being close minded? Maybe. Maybe operating from a place of maximum denial wasn't such a great plan. Hmmm. Maybe I was going about it all wrong. Maybe there was another way.
In enters cCHALLENGE.
The trick when dealing with climate change is to stop believing that you have to do everything. You don't. Start where you're at. Find something that drives you. Think outside the box. Ask questions. Experiment. That's what cCHALLENGE is all about. It's a low-key, relaxed, and fresh approach to saving the planet. And best of all, it's only for thirty days. Here we choose our own missions and we share our experiences. Everyone is welcome.
Thinking that only scientists, experts, or hippies can save the planet is an outdated idea, like faded clothes on an old mannequin. I see that now. Now I want to do my part. To tell you the truth, I'm actually quite excited about it. I'm ALL IN.
Every morning I stroll over to my kitchen window and look at the gorgeous view. I really, really like this planet, and I'm grateful that I get to protect it in a way that feels meaningful to me. Thank you cCHALLENGE. Participating in the cCHALLENGE is almost like writing a little love note from me to Mother Earth. She needs all the love she can get.
That's all for now. I just wanted to say HI and get this column up and running. We'll get to know each other more as the weeks move along.
I hope every remaining hour of this week is sweet and beautiful. Take a walk. Call a friend. Read a book. Go dancing. Save the rain forest. The options are endless.
Until next time, Inger
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Inger D. Kenobi is a life coach and the author of the book, 'How Do I Look? The Year I Stopped Shopping?'