We have just arrived at a small, calm and beautiful agritourism close to Punat on the island Krk. I should feel great. We have finally arrived at a campground that I like. However, I do not. And I feel that I want to write why.
I was sitting in the shade, chilling, going through my Facebook feed and reading lots of shocking things – today mainly about the burning Amazon. I feel hurt, hopeless and sorry for my kids. I know that I am supposed to focus my attention on the positive in order to create the positive. However, I am not able right now. There are two actions the world needs the most right now: raising consciousness and planting trees!
I want my kids to enjoy nature today as well as in ten years. If we continue the way we are doing now, this will be impossible. It feels ironic for me to think about the feedbacks I often receive, telling people that we travel with the money others save for their retirement. If it comes to that topic, we think about a lot of financial measures to have a life in the future after we will stop working. However, if we do not change our impact on the environment, our biggest concern won’t be our pension fund but enough air to breathe, clean water to drink and fresh food to eat.
No one – neither the rich nor the poor – will be able to breathe, drink or eat money. We will not reach our retirement (if we need to retire at all) – definitely not our kids. In fact, the best investment we can do is to plant trees. If we invest half of our savings in planting trees, this ensures that we can at least use and enjoy the other half.
Let’s go ahead, for our planet, our kids and the generations to come. Let’s inspire, create the new - passing the Trumps and Bolsonaros of this world.
Karin und Marian