• DanaAlexandraSargent


Updated: Nov 30, 2020

December 15, 2016

Some of my family members have a habit of staring off into space, mouths gaping wide, lost to the world and lost to time. My older brother – the hilarious one in the family – would take these opportunities to mock, “she’s … thinkin.'” I didn’t post in the month leading up to the election, nor did I post during election month. I was thinkin’.

Usually a ravenous reader, I found that during the past couple of months, I needed some space. I grew tired of other people’s reflections, and I certainly didn’t want to add to the clutter. But, now that December has arrived, and the world is still spinning, I’m ready to close my gaping ‘thinkin’ mouth and get back to the land of the living.

But, I’ll spare you my thoughts on what happened, why it happened, what’s going to happen now, what it means, etc., and just say this: voices carry. (You don’t have to read anything else if you click to that epic 80’s video – reminding us that rat tails are indeed hideous, but men in suits do not rule our lives!)

Speaking of the 80’s, if we could only go back in time and sabotage the beginning of the end of truth in journalism, when, on June 1, 1980 CNN aired the first 24-hour news station – (6 months later, John Lennon died — coincidence? I bet someone somewhere online can prove otherwise!). But alas, here we are – relying on comedians for ‘truthiness’ and sharing fake ‘news’ stories to win arguments with strangers online.

Ah the 80’s, when it was “tacky” to talk about who you were voting for; nowadays, we know EVERYTHING about EVERYONE’S opinions. Maybe it’s time we just shut up and venture inward a little to find our own truths and then, instead of arguing about it on social media – actually get out and DO something. Yikes – talk about soap box – so, back to environmental news…

While the truth is hard to find, we, in the environmental conservation camp have one amazing reporter of truth in our corner – it’s called science. And the recent success of those who took a stand at that rock in the middle of our country has proven the primary lesson of environmental policy – change ONLY happens when collective voices are loud enough – and it works!!! (It’s debatable that rerouting the pipeline is a ‘win’ for the environment, but that’s for another post.)

I said it before and I’ll say it again: VOICES CARRY!!

Now, go out and, as my teen says: “You do you.”

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