Photo taken through a window, car moving ~65mph, thus low quality
This past weekend we had a wirlwind trip to Virginia for a visit with a friend. Unfortunately most of the pictures from said trip were taken by the kids in the newer Air & Space Museum as they ran about like crazed beings. The one above was taken on our drive down. It is an absolutely beautiful drive through NYS’s southern tier, then western PA and a bit of MD and finally VA. There are green, rolling hills, free range cows and horses and even some goats! Amidst all of that natural beauty we saw this wind farm in south-western NYS. While it is obviously not part of the natural landscape, there was still something beautiful and graceful as we watched the turbines turn round and round with the power of air. I wondered if these were the turbines that provide us with 200kwh/month. I know there are pros and cons for wind turbines, but in those moments as we drove swiftly past in our petroleum-powered car, I felt hopeful for the future. There are changes for the better happening. In the metropolitan DC area we saw a newly constructed building with a sign on it that read, “This building is 100% powered by wind.”
I’ve read about how we’re going to have to change so many things about our life in the future, depending on how much change comes with global warming and depletion of resources. Sometimes I feel very scared and overwhelmed by this thought. This past weekend I felt hopeful for our ability as a species to adapt. I think that our individual actions are starting to make a difference because so many people are adopting actions that are healthier for the planet and ourselves. Just for today, at least, I’m going to wear some blinders to all of the inaction around me and bask in the glow of hope. Pessimism can wait.