the pronoun they is used so often for who needs to ‘fix things’. Chris Jordan, artist, has a body of work called Running the Numbers. http://www.chrisjordan.com/gallery/rtn/#silent-spring

I used his pictures of the Wake Island Albatrosses for a couple of my poems.

His work highlights the sheer volume/mass/weight…. our own individual habits and behaviors add up to. I have shared it with students at school as one way of shifting the pronoun from they to I and we.

Your article provides some clear and clear practical steps we can take to become responsible. When I was a kid my favorite record was a reading of ‘Aunt Jemima Puddleduck’ . it featured a song that said, “Don’t rely on anyone, do it yourself, do it yourself…” . That advice has stuck with me. It is so critical that the next generations learn to be active and are empowered to take action individually and collectively and that they learn the ethos of responsibility in solving greater problems. There is a lot of lip service paid to not having ‘big’ government… but having that dictum proclaimed from the gangplanks of private jets just doesn’t fly.

thank you for this. b

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