"The thing of it is...we really did have everything, didn't we? ...

"The thing of it is...we really did have everything, didn't we? ...

...I mean, when you think about it."

Those final moments and that last line of the movie "Don't Look Up" had me crying into my popcorn.  If you haven't had the opportunity see the film yet, you can find it streaming on Netflix. Definitely watch from the beginning to truly appreciate it, but if you don't mind a big spoiler, the closing scene is linked is below.

"Don't Look Up" is a satire, and while there are plenty of laughs to lighten the weight of the message, it's pretty disturbing to see the future we're lining up for ourselves if necessary change doesn't happen quickly. The metaphorical planet destroying comet is our own climate change crisis - a crisis which is already causing fires, floods and loss of life, just like Comet Dibiasky. Thankfully, we have more to be hopeful about than the characters of the film. 

What's the good news?

We have time. Not much, but we have more than Leo and Jennifer did in the film. There's still time to change the course of this crisis in our lifetimes. 

We have answers. We don't need to scramble to figure out how to avoid this disaster. Thanks to decades of research by scientists across the globe, we already know how to pump the brakes on the climate crisis.

We have the right moment. I know we all feel how the world has changed in the past two years. Many are still grieving and navigating the long-lasting physical, financial and emotional consequences from the coronavirus pandemic. Normal life was put on pause for most of us - and we as a society showed how we can change, when we have to.

And that willingness to change, for the greater good? That's what we need if we're going to ensure our children and grandchildren survive and thrive.

This past fall, I had the opportunity to participate in the 2021 Climate Reality Leadership Corps training. It was held virtually because of the coronavirus pandemic, but it was still a wonderful experience. We were able to join webinars and hear from environmental activists from around the globe, connect with leaders here in New Jersey and learn directly from the Climate Reality Project co-founder and chairman, Al Gore.

Over the next few months, I'd like to share some of what I learned in that training here, as protecting this planet is a core part of the mission of Mimosa Goods. The climate crisis can be overwhelming, but the most important thing we can do is to keep learning about it and keep talking about it. 

So, let's talk about it. Starting with these final moments of "Don't Look Up". 

For me, they were a reminder of how precious this world is, how beautiful life can be, what a gift even our most mundane moments are -  and how it's all worth fighting for.

I'd love to hear your thoughts on this when you've had time to watch. Feel free to comment below, or let's chat when you're in the shop next. 

 

 

 

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