This evening I had the crazy honour of listening to David Suzuki speak about his newest book, Letters to my Grandchildren. I was brought to tears listening to a man of such fierce purpose and drive share what he hopes his legacy to be. Suzuki talked about the importance of family, social activism, and connectedness to the planet. He reminded me of the importance of listening to the indigenous communities and the redistribution of our national priorities toward social good and away from profit. He spoke about community. But most of all, he spoke about health and love.
For me, his most profound statement was that the efforts of the environmental movement have failed. He said the same battles they had already won decades ago are raging again. He says they focused so much on shifting society's perspective on specific events (this pipeline, that dam, this logging issue) that they failed to shift society's perspective on the values that would actually shape the future (health, family, love, more experiences, less stuff).
I knew I was going to be inspired but I didn't totally know why. Now I do. I hope that when I die, the letters I write to my grandchildren are half as rich with hope, kindness, wisdom, and respect for the tenacity of the human spirit. Good night.