Jen Snekser

Learning about the complex way that all organisms are connected on this planet made me realize
both that I am merely a grain of sand yet I have the power to change things.  Such opposite but true feelings. 
I am just a blink of an eye in time, but the actions that I choose can change the world.

Two scenes play over in my mind again and again. 
 The first is of a pod of killer whales, swimming along the shore, piercing the surface with each breath. 
The second is of 300 year-old Douglas Fir trees, standing covered in moss and lichens, next to a cold, clear stream. 
You may think that these things are unrelated, but they aren't.  As with many things on our amazing planet,
the two are connected in so many ways.  Which is why to conserve one thing, we must work to conserve many. 
Saving the whales isn't just saving whales, it is also saving our forests, the salmon that reside in those forest
streams that feed the whales, and saving the oceans that the whales need to live.  Understanding these
connections is the first step, you must look inside yourself for the second.

Jen Snekser

 

 

 

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