He can say "Hi" and "Bye". He climbs onto tables. He climbs under tables. He climbs onto me. He
smiles with all fifteen of his teeth. He laughs so hard when I tickle him. He is my son and I love
him. Until he was born I did not truly understand the meaning of the words "I would do anything for
you." Now I understand.
For a long time, I've thought about our relationship with our world. But only recently I discovered that we are in a desperate state of crisis when it comes to the environment. The world is changing
dramatically as the result of our actions and will continue to do so unless we make massive and sustained
changes. We have huge challenges ahead of us - the main one being to reduce our global carbon emissions.
But why should you care? Because you have a Jacob in your life. He may be your son, your
grandson, your nephew, your neighbour. What will his life be like in 10 years? In 30? In 50?
We may not be here to see that
world but he will be. What will our legacy be? Will we be the generation that squandered the
remaining time we had to act? Will we be the generation that indulged ourselves with no thought for
the real future of our children? Or will we be the generation that made a difference?
What should you do? This problem requires individual action but more importantly it demands political action.
Take a moment to read the ideas below and to visit the links.
For the sake of all our Jacobs, get involved,
Jessica Westermann (www.jessicawestermann.com)