I might look back on today as the day I became a Democrat. Or a member of the Green Party. It’s too close to call just yet. It is already the Day I Became Less Stupid.
I do not mean to imply that Republicans are stupid. Far from it. But they collectively have a strong track record for being stupid about the environment, just like me.
I have paid lip service to protecting Earth. I’m the first one to stick up for the environment in conversation with my arch-conservative friends. I love walking in the sun, under the leaves, feeling the life in trees. I recycle. My garden is lush. But why do I have a garden?
Because I moved out to the country, traded my Starbucks for a Waffle House, and became co-owner of a house. “A wise investment,” Dad said.
But my professional life remains in the city and, now that I’m commuting 40 minutes each way three to four days a week, I wonder if it’s worth it. Translation: I burn 60 gallons of unleaded every month. I don’t carpool. I don’t drive a hybrid. I didn’t think that I could afford to.
Now I don’t know if I can afford not to. I just finished watching An Inconvenient Truth. Global warming is happening, and it is my fault. What am I going to do about it?
I’m going to pray: for myself, for you reading this, especially if you’ve been like me, and for Al Gore, that people would listen. This is bigger that politics. This is about moral responsibility and justice for future generations.
I’m going to start car shopping, which will involve some creative financial manuoevering. The big purchase might be years out, but I can hasten the day.
I’m going to educate myself about the candidates in the next election. I’m going to pray for the candidates.
And I’m going to ask God for forgiveness. This is our planet, but He gave it to us to take care of. We can squander it, like I’ve been doing, or we can be good stewards. What could be a better investment than that?