THINK BIG POTATO, ACT SMALL FRY
It’s an awesome time to be alive! Each of us has in her own way accepted the vexation of big environmental questions because we are Ecowomen, actively creating kinship, to face the challenge of our time: survival.
I propose that in contemplation of the big deal we draw our response to scale. Let’s take ownership of the future with our present day decisions. As engaged Ecowomen, it behooves us to link grand efforts to ground level actions that support the nearest and most immediate form of power available to us, community.
WHO ARE THE PEOPLE IN YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD?
Community is a combination of persons with shared aims, interests, or ends.
COMMUNITY AS A CREATURE OF PROXIMITY
Last year, I heard Bryan Stevenson speak on the subject of pursuing justice. In his conclusion, he issued a challenge that struck me as an entirely elegant mode of approaching problems. He dared the audience to get into proximity with the things we find most uncomfortable. In discussing the tragic folly of mass incarceration, he implored us to “find our way to justice" by avoiding the temptation to sidestep problems that seem too big or scary to handle.
MAKE YOURSELF AT HOME
In the District we don’t need to look too far to find the makings of community. There are truly local environmental concerns of every stripe within the 68.25 square miles we call home.
• In recent years, the Capitol Power Plant was at the heart of local debate on coal fired plant conversions and the changeover to natural gas.
COMMUNITY AS A CREATURE OF NECESSITY
The national news is flush with stories about communities of necessity. Groups who may be friends or neighbors who transcend those associations when faced with out-sized danger, from ecological events or man-made forces.