Letter from Publisher: What a Wonderful World
I see trees of green, red roses too I see them bloom for me and you And I think to myself, what a wonderful world. ~ Louis Armstrong
I often associate this song—one of my all-time favorites—with happy occasions celebrating life and love. This month, it reminds me of the natural beauty that surrounds us and how vital it is for each of us to be a good steward in protecting Mother Earth.
Our April issue embraces this vision and fulfills the magazine’s tagline: “Healthy Living, Healthy Planet.” The two dimensions go hand-in-hand, each significantly impacting the other. While I often feel discouraged by environmental desecration, there are spots of progress and good news to report, and actionable steps to be taken.
In our feature article, “Healthy Climate, Healthy People: Why a Warming Planet is Harming Our Health,” writer Lisa Marshall updates us on growing health concerns, tempered with ideas to help us feel empowered and optimistic about protecting Earth’s climate and our health. One attention grabber is that since 2000, the number of natural disasters has increased 46 percent.
We’ve all been exposed to the drama surrounding major climatic events, whether close to home or close to our heart. The devastating double punch of last fall’s Hurricanes Irma and Maria on Puerto Rico caused our local island publishers to suspend operations. Then in the first 20 days of March, four nor’easters along the East Coast left millions without power, schools closed, flights cancelled. Everyday life impacted, and the effects linger.
We find a heartening counterpoint to these sobering statistics and happenings in Linda Sechrist’s Wise Words interview, “Paul Hawken Shares a Plan to Reverse Global Warming.” His insight offers a practical solutions-oriented approach to a drawdown of gas emissions sufficient to reverse global warming. His statement that “Diagnosis is not prognosis unless we give up,” struck me as relevant not only to the environment, but to other hard news that hits our lives.
We also find encouragement in local writer Jenn Willhite’s article, “Many Facets of the Hoosier Environmental Council,” highlighting the work of our state’s strong advocate and leading educator on behalf of environmental needs. Natural Awakenings Indy is a proud member of this organization, wholly aligned with its mission and initiatives to make Indiana a better place to live, work, play and breathe.
In pulling together this month’s editorial, the synchronicity of our national and local feature articles struck me as an informative illustration of how the pieces and parts of our everyday actions fit together in a complex puzzle aimed to ensure we live an ever more eco-friendly, sustainable lifestyle. Every step we take toward conscientious living and consumption makes a difference; our actions plant the seeds for each of us to be advocates for our precious environment.
It feels good to be green,
Teona Wright, Publisher