Recently Bill McKibben visited Oklahoma Christian University to discuss the subject of global warming. I was surprised that he was a part of the McBride lectureship, but it was such a thought-provoking topic that I really became interested in it. My involvement in the environment goes back much farther than that though. For some reason, I just feel like it is in my blood. I can specifically remember when my parents cut down a few trees when we first moved into our house. I was three years old at the time, and I was devastated. It only got worse in second grade, when I saw Pocahontas for the first time. You have to admit, “Colors of the Wind” is a pretty powerful song when you are eight. From there, I would just get really upset when things were mistreated and beauty was destroyed. This is the first year that I have actually taken steps to educate myself about how much power that humans have over the environment. It really annoys me that people have harmed something that is necessary to our futures. Even if you don’t believe in global warming, it is hard to argue that there are not injustices in this world, and most of those have a root in greed. That is why I want to change the way I live. It is unnecessary for people to have so much when other people have so little.
Bill McKibben’s lecture really addressed so much more that just the technical aspects of global warming. He presented the idea that although Americans have so much, it is not as satisfying because people always want more. That is human nature, but seeing so many people in pain because of it is enough to make me want to change. Everyone deserves respect, right? It all starts with respect for yourself, and for those around you. And that is why I want to be different.
For more information on Bill McKibben, visit his website. It contains his information, exerpts of his books, and ways to contact him. McKibben is also involved in the 350 initiative, which raises awareness about the levels of carbon in our atmosphere. Both of these websites provide ample motivation for raising awareness about the green initiative. At the least, they are food for thought.