Climate: We have so much to be grateful for


With Thanksgiving season upon us, I decided it was time to generate a list of gratitudes. Once I started, it was hard to stop:

I am grateful to my daughters for teaching me that if you get up earlier than absolutely necessary, life can be more relaxed.

I am grateful for the adult and student leaders at the Two Harbors high school for creating the Civility Project.

I am grateful to Two Harbors Community Radio for answering this community's sore need for connective tissue.

I am grateful to churchgoers everywhere for their belief in the value of showing up, week after week.

I am grateful to the hunters, fishermen, and farmers around here who have provided us with so much of our food, year in and year out.

I am grateful to the Two Harbors Ministerial Association and to Good Will for creating opportunities to buy affordable goods close to home.

I am grateful to the artists of our region who put themselves out there — paintings, sculptures, earrings, bowls, books, cards, quilts, music, furniture, mittens — and trust that we will value beauty, quality, and skill.

I am grateful that Lake Superior's beauty and depth have inspired many of us to give more and work harder than we otherwise would have.

What does this have to do with climate? Albert Einstein said: "We cannot solve our problems with the same level of thinking that created them."

Climate change is a fitting example of this truth. We are going to have to reach higher to solve this one. No longer can we get by with our vision firmly set solely on the welfare of our own immediate families.

If Paul Hawkins, author of "Blessed Unrest," is to be believed, what's happening today in response to "massive ecological degradation and rapid climate change" is nothing less than "coherent, organic, self-organized congregations involving tens of millions of people dedicated to change."

When I take off my "American Media and Politics" lens, and put on my "What are people on the ground doing?" lens; when I stop bemoaning the fact that I didn't walk the earth during the era when square dancing and fiddle music were the norm — then I am grateful. We are here, and now, for a reason, and we have much to be grateful for.

Katya Gordon is a volunteer for the Citizens' Climate Lobby and a resident of Two Harbors.