So as unbelievable as this is, I have two friends, I know crazy, but sometimes strange phenomena occur that cannot be explained easily. But these two people do some pretty great things that I would like to share some of their efforts and my appreciation. So as these people are not shunned by others for befriending me I am going to let them remain nameless (not suspicious at all, but just know I am not creative enough to make this stuff up). Here goes
Friend one: So friend one I noticed the other day while we were at a park was picking up some trash. Now you may say why wasn't I doing that, and honestly there is no excuse, I should have. And most of the time, if I am able, I do. But anyway the point is that she just seemed to do it very naturally, not calling attention to the act, just doing it. What a great habit that is. I knew another wonderful person that did the same thing who is no longer with us which gives the small action even greater meaning to me. Now this small action will not put Antarctica back together or take the big hole out of the ozone, but you know what, it is way better than doing nothing at all. And so for that I commend friend one and say thank you. Makes me feel better to know there are people out there who act rather than not. (Side note do be careful when picking up litter, do it safely).
Friend two: Now friend two lives far away from me. He lives in an area of the world where people like to travel to if they are fortunate enough. And he is lucky enough to say he lives in the awesome country of Zambia. Where he lives he gets to witness what most people only get to see in zoos. There are elephants, zebra, and lions (at least what is left of them) hanging around in his backyard. Maybe not all the time, but it is way better than the squirrels I get to see (no disrespect to squirrels of course). This friend is thousands of miles away from me, but whenever I have called on him to help me with whatever environmental campaign I may be trying to promote he is there, and he helps. Not a lot of people do that. And honestly, even though I do not get to experience elephants in the wild on a daily basis, knowing that he does help to motivate me all the more. This friend knows that conservation is key to being able to keep those animals in his backyard so he does not have to go pay to see them in a zoo or worse yet read about them after it is too late. He really does get to experience first hand what we are all working towards saving. His awareness and dedication about the importance of conservation makes me so thankful to be his friend.
The point that I often try and make with this blog is that these efforts are not wasted, small actions are appreciated and do help. I know that issues such as the environment can seem overwhelming, but doing nothing is not the answer. I am truly grateful to all my friends and all those who work to help protect our very fragile environment.