A Time for Giving Thanks


There’s a lot of discussion in the media lately regarding climate change, pollution, endangered animal populations, etc.  Most of the coverage on these topics is not very hopeful and, frankly, quite depressing. I considered highlighting some of the online articles here on TheSixth blog, but then I thought, why pass along bad news when it really isn’t even “news” at all?

I don’t want to be the voice of gloom and doom, at least not all the time. I’m not entirely clear on how I do want to use my “voice” as humanity continues its nosedive into mass extinction. But I see no benefit in wringing my hands in dismay and continually proclaiming how everything is “going to Hell in a hand basket” — even though it is.

While considering what my role is/should be in this critical time, I haven’t come up with any great epiphanies as yet, but it is something I will explore and probably address here at some point.

In the meantime, I came across some GOOD NEWS, and wanted to share it. This is a time of year where many cultures pause to acknowledge and give thanks for the blessings we’ve been gifted over the past year (even as we poison the greatest gift of all; but I digress).

And so, in the spirit of Thanksgiving, I am deeply grateful for those who are fighting the good fight to preserve Nature on Earth. Here’s an article that was posted today on Mother Nature Network about how we are seeing a “surge” in ocean sanctuaries around the world. It’s a heartening read, and I encourage you to check it out.

As the author notes:

“… despite our inertia on many terrestrial issues like air pollution or deforestation, we’re actually building some momentum for saving the seas. It’s just a drop in the bucket so far, but the recent pace of ocean protection is promising nonetheless.”

~ Russell McClendon

Be forewarned: the article is awash in puns, so when reading, just go with the flow and see where the tide takes you.

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