Recently I’ve been reading, Uprising For The Earth, by Osprey Orielle Lake. This is a wonderfully inspiring book, with a subtitle: Reconnecting Culture With Nature. It’s not so easy these days, as the two have grown apart.
I am fortunate to live on the Pacific North Coast of California, surrounded by rivers, ocean and woods, where my children were also raised. Frequently though, I think about the issues that Lake brings up in these quotes:
“What happens to us, TO OUR CHILDREN, in our urban centers when we experience primarily the smells of industry, smog, petroleum and chemicals? What happens to our native ears when left only with the sounds of cars, telephones, freeways and mechanization? What happens when our hands and eyes rest only upon human made things?…….Our human experience is dependent upon what influences our daily lives, and we are only beginning to take into account the consequences of depriving our children of direct communion with the Earth, and all the plant life and creatures.”
Uprising For The Earth
I know that we can’t all run from our lives in the cities, and it’s no longer just our locale that keeps kids indoors. City dwellers, or country folk, I would love to hear about your plans to compete this summer with your child/grandchild’s electronic tablet, i-Phone, and television. Thank you in advance for sharing on “comments.”