Paul Nicklen, co-founder of Sea Legacy and wildlife photographer extraordinaire is my hero. I first found him through his wildlife photography on instragram. I bought his photo books and then discovered that he is also an articulate speaker/writer who is passionate about our planet. He has a huge following on social media. Below is a post he wrote on Instagram and I’m sharing it here to spread his wise words. Unlike him I am shy about sharing my convictions, my voice, so this is my attempt to ‘be a messenger.’
“What emotions are you feeling over the fires in the Amazon? Do you ever feel depressed about the state of our planet? Do you ever feel overwhelmed about climate change and the lack of response to the biggest crisis to ever face humanity? Do you ever feel angry about the constant mismanagement of all living resources? Do you ever feel frustrated that industry almost always prevails over sustainability?
If you have answered yes to one or all of these things then please know that you are not alone. So many of us battle with this every day. There have been times in my life when I tried just shutting down nd giving up. I can tell you that it does not make the problem go away and it only makes things worse. It sucks to care but once you start educating yourself, reading, getting informed, and ultimately getting involved, then there is no going back. The only thing we can do is vote, shop responsibly, eat an Earth friendly diet, sign a petition, support causes you believe in, reduce or stop our consumption of meat, drive less, shop less, have fewer kids, donate to causes and charities you believe in, shop locally and the list goes on.
Most of all, don’t be shy to have a voice. Remember, you are not alone. People are terrified of change and they find it easier to attack the messenger than look inwards and reflect on their own personal journey. Find like-minded people and support one another. I often hear vegans attack vegetarians and I hear vegetarians attack people who are greatly reducing their meat consumption. No one person is perfect. Encourage them. Just know that a movement has started and we are in this together. This is our last stand for our one and only home.”
Thank you for all you do Paul Nicklen.
polar bear photo credit: artickingdom.com