in uncertain times

I’m feeling increasingly unnerved.

I’m trying to be a good national and global citizen and keep up with the news, but things just seem more and more unmoored.

It’s not as though I haven’t felt this way, albeit to a lesser degree, before; it just feels now that there is no certainty left anywhere.

I heard someone say recently that people who are living with the stress of uncertainty just want to know what is going to happen.

Of course, this is impossible.

Because the international climate strike is coming in a few days, on September 20th, perhaps I can muster a little comfort in the energy and resilience of youth committed to positive change in the world. The world’s youth are proving that they are not only the planet’s future but also its present. They are rallying people of all ages to their cause.

I sincerely wish I could be an active participant in the events being held around the world that day, but there are no events in my immediate area. It would be great to travel a few hours to New York City, where the largest gathering is likely to be, in recognition of the UN climate summit which begins soon after the strike. However, an all-day event with hundreds of thousands of people is an impossibility for me. People who have a school or workplace can show solidarity by walking out, but I don’t have either of those.

I will try to do some advocacy work that day and follow the coverage of the NYC event. I can, at least, take a moment to recognize the work I have done both as an advocate and as a consumer over the last several years to bring attention to climate change and try to reduce my own environmental impact.

And re-commit to working in a positive way, moving forward through uncertainty.

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Author: Joanne Corey

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9 thoughts on “in uncertain times”

    1. Thank you, Linda. I guess because my climate action email lists have been talking about it for months, it hadn’t occurred to me that it wasn’t being covered extensively. Greta Thurnberg, the Swedish teenager who has energized climate crisis action among youth and who has been outspoken about the responsibilities of the older generations, crossed the Atlantic via a zero emissions boat in order to be in New York City for the climate strike rally and to attend the UN climate action summit. I’m hoping that media coverage of the climate strike and rallies around the world will help people to pressure their governments for more and faster climate action.

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  1. I keep thinking of the Serenity Prayer lately and this post brings that to the forefront of my mind. We can’t know the future, but we can have the courage to do some positive action, however small it might seem. You are right on target.

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