These past many weeks I have been following the climate summit in Copenhagen. We seem resolved to talk this thing into the ground without actually doing much about it. I am a bit cynical about the process. The hope and need for a radical change in our relationship to the Earth seems clouded with petty ambition, greed, fear and apathy. Mostly I hear each leader with broad nonspecific goals. Each person representing his people seems to have a box full of intentions and hopes for future outcomes.
A few nights ago, My wife and I put our baby daughter to bed and cuddled to watch It’s a Wonderful Life. There is a part that stuck me. After George and Mary get all wet in the dance pool, walking home, George picks up a stone and throws a wish with it into the old Granville house. mary asks him what he wished for. As if waiting to be asked, he says “well not just one wish but a whole boxfull of them” while he is talking about all he wants to do with his life, Mary picks up a stone, closes her eyes and throws her own wish. She doesn’t say but she just makes one wish, for a life with him.
Now, nothing wrong with a box full of wishes. Indeed, we all admire a broad scope and big heart. But there is a great power in just one wish. There is great power in single resolution.
We hear politics and conferences a series of binding and nonbindng resolutions that make affirmations and declarations etc…
There is weak power in the watered down. There is a lack of change in a declaration. Eve this past week some seek to argue that climate change does not exist. Do we really need science to tell us what we feel in our hearts? That our planet is sick and we can be the healers. I pray we make one wish and resolve to see it a reality. To save our grandchildren from living hell.