February Sun; An Interrogation Light

Today was wonderfully beautiful, in every sense of the word.

I took the long way to class today. All I needed was a t-shirt and a cardigan between my skin and the elements. My heavy winter boots were replaced with laced up Vans, my usual hugging jeans cuffed at the bottoms, letting my ankles breath.

It is 70 degrees in February. I can’t help but to feel happy. As the temperature elevates, so does my ambition and positive outlook. The smile of the sun beaming down on earth is contagious amongst its inhibiters. Everyone is out enjoying the weather and each other’s company.

I drove to the UD landscape design warehouse today to work on the Philadelphia Flower Show display. On my way to the warehouse, windows down, sunroof open, I noticed traffic was dense. How ironic, that I am witnessing the Greenhouse Effect as I am driving to the green house on our University grounds.

This is a satire.

I would love to say that I am fond of the weather outside today. I would love to say that heat makes me happier. After all, summer is my favorite season. However, this illusory connection of love and happiness associated with heat actually contradicts what our reactions, as humans — as occupants of this deteriorating earth — should be.

Now I am in a dark interrogation room. I feel heat. The source is from a lamp over my head beaming hauntingly on my face. THIS is how we should be viewing the change in climate. As a glooming spotlight, convicting us of our crimes, illuminating the need for action and urgency.

I think that we, as individuals, often feel insignificant. Certainly, when I hike up the Appalachian Trail, I always feel so small. When I swim in the Atlantic Ocean, I think about how easily I can be swallowed by its currents. I feel camouflaged in these beautiful, complex crescendos of the world.

As insignificant as we feel individually, as a school of fish we can really make an impact on the world. We see an example of this impact in its negative sense, being global warming, but it’s past due time to reverse this impact in a positive manner.

How? By committing simple, easy changes to our everyday lifestyle. We can reduce our individual usage of fossil fuels, thus decreasing greenhouse gasses in the atmosphere. We can plant trees, which produces carbon dioxide and slows global warming. We can reduce waste, recycle, carpool, and conserve water. These tasks are so simple!

It’s time that we stop treating a 70-degree February day as a gift, and instead start treating it as the call to action that it truly is. We are significant, and, hand-in-hand, we can make a difference.