Weather: Started sunny, short rain shower, got sunny again.
Number of people: 11 stoppers, 6 walk-bys
Number of hecklers: 0!
Pages of notes: 8
Conversations between people previously unknown to one another: 1
Business cards proffered and received: 1
Packets of Small State Seeds given away: 2 (we still have some left, come tomorrow!)
People who took a picture without permission: 1
People who recognized and commented on the Peanuts reference: 1
Money raised for Environmental Justice League of RI: $0.25
A family of 4 walks by, and I can tell they’re chatting and laughing about me, the way my family and I do when we see something particular and delightful that we want to share with each other. I hadn’t imagined that way of being seen, until today.
When my mom goes into a store for more than 5 minutes, I turn her car off.
It seems like all these cataclysmic events have been happening, it seems like it’s a triangle coming to a point. It seems like the earth is responding to what we’re doing to it, all the pressure we’re putting on it. Obviously people see it, because look at all these disaster movies they’re making these days.
I’ve been wondering what the strategic plan is — is there one for storms? I’ve been looking around for some sort of strategic solutions.
There aren’t enough green areas. Near Cranston Street, where I live, there’s only one park, and it’s not properly maintained. I go running there, and I see a lot of garbage. It’s not healthy — if I had kids, I wouldn’t want them running around there.
Do you pick it up when you see it?
Yes. At RIC, we have to do a certain amount of volunteering hours. But you can clean it up, it stays nice for two, three days, then it comes back again. I think what we need is more education. All the green areas, they’re nice, but they need to be maintained. I think if we had the help of people in the neighborhood, maybe just for thirty minutes a week, but thirty minutes times a bunch of people —
[I suggested that he get in touch with the WBNA.]
Climate change is pretty important, climate change does worry me, but I’m most worried — well, what’s also worrying me is the eternal bottleneck that seems to be happening in Washington.
They spend a billion dollars over there, but here, they got the homeless. It was told to me the U.S. was like a bully. My mother always told me, take care of home.
I’m 22 years old. My entire life climate change has been in my awareness, it’s been on my mind. We don’t have too much longer of the weather patterns being the way they’ve been. My grandfather was a meteorologist, and he taught me how to read the signs of what weather was coming next, up to a month in advance sometimes. Those signs are no longer as predictable. Everything is changing. 3000 years of human writings that talk about weather patterns, and they’ve never shown it changing as fast as this. It’s going too fast for a natural evolution cycle. We’re acidifying the oceans, we’re leaking oxygen as well as letting in cosmic radiation, we’re building up this giant carbon layer. Rainwater used to be — you could drink it. Now if you drink rainwater, people look at you like you’re crazy.
You clearly know a lot about this. Does it worry you?
Yes, and I think it should worry everyone. We’ve forgotten that we’re just a creature. We’re changing the earth and making it unsustainable, not only unsustainable for us, but unsustainable for everything. We’re doing nothing but the things that are damaging.
You’re very much not
alone says someone
about whom I know
a lot more than he knows
about me as a plant
knows that greater carbon
dioxide is near or shadow
the knowing we do
in our tenderest shoots
that hides or grows
and can be wrong
and can be fooled
by an altered light
by a source of heat
our ability to trick
processes into happening
we took such pride in
colluding in ruin
isn’t it counting
doesn’t it keep
the outcome, the downfall
coming a little
further away or more
slowly or off-loaded
onto an island
a world full of islands
the world is close
a running horizon
to find a way out
our greatest treasure
we cracked with our teeth
I’m not motionless
I can’t be motionless
I must be restless
there is no big limb
pinning my neck