Hello, I’m Carol and this is the Green Village Green blog!
Driving back from my final SM class (Social Media, not the other SM – although sometimes it feels rather similar) with the terrific Mark Schaefer (I’ve done the course twice now – it takes time to fit it all together to even begin to do it!), Gustav Holst’s the Planet Suite was playing on NPR. Any two bars and I instinctively recognize the piece. Parts of it are so lovely that it almost hurts.
This is music I was weaned on and it brought to mind other ‘achingly beautiful’ inspirations: a ‘warm’ rain-laden wind and heavy grey skies on a November afternoon in England, which would make my teenage soul sing as my border collie and I would head into it, hair and fur swirling; gazing on almost anywhere in my beloved Yorkshire Dales in almost any weather.
And now I’m thrilled by the distant Smokey Mountains shimmering above a particular stretch of early morning lake near my home.
I don’t often watch television – no time and not a lot of interest – but when I do it’s almost always PBS. Last Sunday, switching on unusually early at 7pm, I stumbled upon “Celtic Pilgrimage” and was instantly riveted. That familiar wonderful aching of the soul swept me up for the whole hour and paralyzed me with the joy of it. The presenter, John O’Donohue, an Irish writer, philosopher and retired priest, shared why his corner of rural Ireland and its people moved him and I related completely. The open, wild landscape reminded me of home. The Welsh have a word for it, hiraedd (pronounced hirayth), which I’ve always understood to mean a delicious yearning for the sights, smells, feelings of the home-country, experienced even when you’re there. I immediately went online and bought the DVD and am longing to watch it again.
This visceral, gut-wrenching beauty which I experience with many senses has connected me at a primeval level with the incredible world we live on. Environmental issues have, since childhood, been my main concern. Why are so many petty matters of such contention when our very existence is threatened by our thoughtlessness? But now I realize, heck, we’re still here! Our planet is a lot more forgiving than I thought.
These days I see hope instead of doom. Change is coming, but we can affect how that change happens, and remarkably quickly if we choose to. So when Green Village Green came into my brain with a thunk, practically complete in its conception, I had to make it happen. Green Village Green seeks to spread that hope, instigate personal engagement, and inspire change.
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What sparks your passion for the environment, sustainability, green, our beautiful planet? Whatever you want to call it?