When I was four, I joined the Shawnee tribe. Thats right. We’d go camping to various places around Texas once a month as part of a YMCA program for girls and their fathers. For the weekend, my dad was only allowed to refer to me as Princess Flying Dove as we met up with other Indian Princess tribes.
The bonfire happened on Saturdays. Young girls would make up skits to act out around the fire and the old braves (our dads) would tell us stories about the Great Spirits that inhabited the earth. One of the stories inevitably took a serious tone as a brave would speak about the crimes Mankind committed against the Great Spirit, and, maybe more importantly, the impact of these crimes against himself, causing the spirits to leave forever.
Over the years, it was probably during these bonfire stories, as I sat captivated by the fire, mesmerized by the truth of these legends, that my respect and appreciation for our changing world began to take hold. The Mom had her own impact on my education, as global warming was the buzzword that immediately led up to her soapbox. At first, I did what I could to avoid any mention of the word, but slowly I accumulated my own research and our dinner discussions about the health of our planet lasted for hours, much to the chagrin of my younger sisters.
Culture is based on habit, and as far as I’ve witnessed, it has been American culture to look out for No. 1, with little concern for consequences. Most of the greenhouse gases in our atmosphere today are byproducts of emissions from decades ago. The gases my Honda CRV releases today will probably be around long enough to clog up the air surrounding my children as walk the stage at their college graduation. While America is slowly opening her eyes to the long-term effects of our own human activity, it’s the longevity of the problem that make it crucial to change our habits today in order to shape our culture for a more sustainable future.
From this point forward, bear witness to the fact that this blog is dedicated to promoting sustainability, to finding everyday ways the average citizen can limit his impact on this planet, our home, and to eat past the scientific jargon to figure out what exactly that impact may be. Here’s to you, Great Spirits. I hope we can do you justice.
– Princess Flying Dove