I've learned to find hope in the small things.
When a lovely birch-forested corner of Far North Bicentennial Park in Anchorage was threatened with development, an anonymous group of artists began a campaign to tie red ribbons around all the trees that were at risk of being cut down. I joined in, writing the name of family members on each of the ribbons I tied. Well, the development happened, the trees, festooned as they were in red, were cut down...almost all of them. Exactly at the edge of the newly-razed site were some trees still fluttering red, and one of those had the ribbon on which I'd written my eight-year-old son's name.
I was reminded of our red-ribboned trees by this story in September 2012. These Indian artists are painting leaves along the state highway as part of a campaign to protect the environment. According to the Reuters report posted on Planet Ark, "...dozens of artists in the eastern Indian state of Bihar are painting roadside trees and their leaves with colorful stories from Hindu epics, hoping to save the region's already critically sparse greenery. The unusual campaign, using coats of paint and brushes, has been launched in Madhubani, a northern Bihar district known for its religious and cultural awareness, resulting in hundreds of otherwise untended roadside trees covered in elaborate artwork."
Each of us, we do what we can.