TIME TO CHANGE – Bill Kucha, Depoe Bay
With the world going through cataclysmic changes around me it’s time to take stock of my actions. I need to wake up from the slumber of living unconsciously and become a conscious participant in my community and partake in the democracy that governs it. Being an angry helpless by-stander doesn’t help repair what’s been broken. What I absolutely can’t keep doing is to continuing doing what I’ve done in the past which has put me and the rest of the world in jeopardy.
I understand the hesitation to change and the need to deny the cold hard facts of the reality climate change is. I would love to return to the good old days and business as usual; however that is proving to be impossible lest I risk all that I hold precious. Since the Industrial Revolution began humanity became subject to the notion that everything boils down to money and the fallacious idea of the possibility of infinite growth on a finite planet. For example because of my/our excessive life-style coupled with the use of fossil fuels the oceans have warmed as well as been over fished. This has led to the decline since 1980 of all sea life to half the numbers it was since 1980 according the WWF and ABC News. If we continue our business as usual by 2050 the oceans will be rendered mostly dead. And this is only one sad fact of a thousand others that are going toward degrading our Earth.
Now in comes Covid 19 to bring me squarely to attention of the consequences of careless action. I, along with most of the rest of my community, have become much more careful. Caring for each other has become more important. I see Lincoln County citizens reaching out to one and other like never before with color- blindness and generosity. I now recognize the sanctity, privilege and preciousness of life; mine and others. Another gift Covid has brought me is the understanding of how rapidly the Earth can heal itself if given the chance. Just from one week to the next I have notices clearer skies, less noise, less pollution and the sound of song birds.
Seems that the reasonable thing to do is to encourage what Mother Nature has thrust me – that is – to care. As it has been clearly proven we humans have been the perpetrators and designers of the mess we are in. Therefore, we might very well redesign our way back to a more healthy and happy life-style. I want to work together with others regardless of their affiliations, race and beliefs. Putting care and love back into the equation of our governance seems like a good starting point.
There will soon be an election. To my mind those who might best deliver these qualities are; Cynthia Jacobi, Beatrize Bottelo and Ditmar Gobbel for Newport City Council as well as Mellissa Cribbens for State Senate Seat #5.
Don’t be fooled by the myth that voting doesn’t count. It does and never so much as today. Please vote
Bill Kucha Depoe Bay, Or.