At Riding4Creation we firmly believe that the next few decades are crucial to future of the American West and that the fate of the American West is inextricably linked to the fate of our planet. We have a responsibility and an opportunity to respond to the reality of a changing climate.
The increased incidence of droughts, famines, wildfires, hurricanes, flooding and regional conflicts are directly related to climate change. It is the poor, the vulnerable and the children that will pay the highest price for climate change with enormous environmental, economic and political consequences. As individuals and as a nation we can not afford to look away from human suffering and loss caused either directly or indirectly by temperature fluctuations and extreme weather events. We have a responsibility to ”love your neighbor as yourself.”
An opportunity lies in positive action. By taking practical steps, We can adapt to a changing planet. In the future, Together we can diversify our economies, build stronger communities, create vibrant opportunities and protect natural resources. Eating together, riding together, growing food together, creating energy together will all be valuable steps toward a sustainable future.
For those willing to step up to the challenge the best is yet to come. As we form more cohesive communities, innovation builds and we inspire one another. Humans seek a sense of belonging. The isolation, loneliness and depression that has become a hallmark of our consumer culture could become a historical footnote. As communities thrive, people get healthier, the environment gets cleaner, and we are collectively happier! So what’s not to love about rising to this challenge? In addressing climate change we can shape a better and brighter future.
Beginning in May of 2014 Don Funke will be making a horseback Trek through the American West as both a personal, spiritual journey and a call to action. You are invited to follow the Trek on this blog and on Facebook.