It’s Earth Day, so I found myself thinking about the first official Earth Day in 1970 (I still have my decal…somewhere). I went to an Earth Day program on campus, my baby daughter in a carrier on my front, and all I could think about was how different the future would be for her. Much has changed since 1970. Now that baby girl is over 40 years old and has two daughters of her own. People are finally taking climate science seriously.
It seems to me that the earth is a much more troubled place now, politically, climate- and ecology-wise, and economically, but my daughter and her family are rising to the occasion. It gives me hope. She and her husband started Key West’s first community garden, which was such a success that they are in the process of starting another garden there.
She and her husband grow bananas, papayas, and pineapples in their yard, which is across the street from the first community garden, where they grow veggies and flowers. Life in paradise! Here in the Northeast, we have our own local food movement, for which I am grateful. But alas, no locally grown bananas!