Tomorrow is the first day of spring. What a relief! This wasn’t the easiest winter to live through. Slow down for a minute to take this moment in. Here’s a poem to set the tone for the change in seasons.
Instructions on Not Giving Up
Ada Limón -1976-
More than the fuchsia funnels breaking out
of the crabapple tree, more than the neighbor’s
almost obscene display of cherry limbs shoving
their cotton candy-colored blossoms to the slate
sky of Spring rains, it’s the greening of the trees
that really gets to me. When all the shock of white
and taffy, the world’s baubles and trinkets, leave
the pavement strewn with the confetti of aftermath,
the leaves come. Patient, plodding, a green skin
growing over whatever winter did to us, a return
to the strange idea of continuous living despite
the mess of us, the hurt, the empty. Fine then,
I’ll take it, the tree seems to say, a new slick leaf
unfurling like a fist to an open palm, I’ll take it all.
Let’s move into spring with our hearts and minds open to all the good that is around us. Please register today for our free Earthline Chat on March 31. And let’s see how many kids we can get on bikes this spring through the “Free Bikes 4 Kidz” program. Information follows below.
From all of us at the Santa Fe Conservation Trust, we send you the very best!
March 31 at 6:30pm
Join these two outspoken NM conservation advocates, activists, and change-makers as they discuss answers to the questions below and to your questions as well! Kevin is Executive Director of the Southwest Environmental Center and Gabe is a city councilor in Las Cruces and the founder of the Nuestra Tierra Conservation Project – providing communities of color with sustainable opportunities for engagement, access and education around public lands and waters (complete bios at https://sfct.org/online-chats/).
- We are facing a global extinction crisis unlike any other time in history. How are humans impacting this loss and what will humankind lose if it continues?
- Specifically, what is the toll on native wildlife due to climate change, human behavior, and loss of habitat? Does protecting more land translate into protecting wildlife biodiversity?
- What is rewilding, how does it fit in the global 30 x 30 initiative, and how important are local conservation efforts to the bigger picture?
- How can local conservation help? And if social change is at the heart of the answers we seek, how does a long overdue focus on diversity and inclusion help protect the environment and all living beings who depend on it?
AARP says that 6 in 10 Americans don’t have a will or an estate plan, yet the coronavirus is also making people realize that anything can happen at any time. If you are working to fill this gap in your life, consider this: Does your connection to the land sustain, enrich and inspire you? Are you concerned about access to nature for your children and grandchildren? Including SFCT in your will is easy to do and will ensure that the land, trails and skies of northern New Mexico will be protected for future generations. More info is in this planned giving guide.
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