In Trudy’s own words:
“To live in a way that shows respect for all life on earth, we must be open to questioning the impact of our choices. One of my environmental heroes, Chief Oren Lyons of the Iroquois Confederacy, described to me the tradition of tribal leaders in making decisions. Not only do they consider the impact on the next generation, they also examine the consequences all the way to the seventh generation.
How we furnish our homes, what we choose to eat, what we buy to wear, and what we throw away can no longer take only our own comfort and happiness into consideration. More information is available to us every day about the state of climate change, what causes environmental damage, and what resources are dwindling. Our task is not to be overwhelmed or disheartened, but to do what we can, with what we have, where we are, as Theodore Roosevelt said.
Ultimately, a sustainable future is ours to create. We have the opportunity to make a difference, to choose to leave the earth a healthier, cleaner place for the seventh generation. In that way, each of us becomes the leader that our children, family, and friends may look to for inspiration and guidance. It’s not up to someone else to save the earth. It’s up to us.”
Photo: Michael Partenio