You think climate change is not real? Watch this and think again!

#Walrus #thinice #Ourplanet #endangered #climatechange
The walrus is not an animal that shows up in our everyday lives that often. When they do, it is usually in passing. The walrus is our friend in a passing sort of way – a neighbor that we see every once in a while. We don’t know all of that neighbor’s business. We do know that neighbor is a generally good person. She always has a good morning wave for us and perhaps a bit of uplifting chatter.
One day, you pass in front of this neighbor’s house. You notice that the lawn is disheveled, the window is broken in and the car is on blocks. What happened? You feel a pang of curious sympathy, but you pass on. You have stuff to do, and your relationship doesn’t really call for you asking about the situation. It’s none of your business.
Word gets around. You find out that the family is in mourning. One of the children has died, and no one knows how it happened.
The next day, they are all gone.
Your former neighbor is now the center of conversation around the block. “I never really knew them, but everything looked ok.” “We never really talked to them; I just assumed they were busy.”
Well, this video is what is happening to our neighbors as we assume that everything is ok.
The truth is that every piece of plastic we use and every molecule of CO2 we emit is killing our neighbor. We say hello to them in passing and feel as though we have done our neighborly duty. We cannot see the connection between our apathy and their bad fortune. Worse, we are actively causing their pain and completely ignorant of our role.
This does not relieve us of our responsibility. It can be a shock to the system to have our eyes opened, but it must be done. Our neighbors are dying because of us. Our share of the blame is ugly to watch.
Read Sarah’s post and watch the video.
Credit Photo of Walruses: Pixabay

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polar bears Polar bears – they are at risk too, just like the rest of us. (water color 2019)

I’m working hard to keep my blog a place where you can find happiness and maybe some distraction from your hectic everyday life by sharing my art which is mostly inspired by my love for nature and animals.

I don’t often talk politics or religion – both of which can present a lot of conflict.

That doesn’t mean that I don’t think or talk about it in private. I do, and rather a lot.

But as I said, I try to steer away from these subjects as much as I can when it comes to my blog.

But I no longer can.

A dear blogging friend of mine, Gill Morris from over at Talking Thailand, shared a couple of video clips in her latest The Changing Seasons post, one of which made…

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  1. Really like how you brought our attention to climate change, Dominique, Also lovely to see you linked us to a post on Sarah’s blog (I really love Sarah’s blog!). Climate change is so real yet so many of us are ignorant to this issue until it’s too late or when it is affecting lives in a drastic way. Wishing you well across the miles and let’s do our bit in keeping this world safe ❤

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    1. Hello Mabel. I agree with you. Sarah’s blog is wonderful, but then again how could it not be? SHE is such an amazing lady and artist. I truly admire her. Thank you so much for stopping by my site and taking the time to write me a beautiful comment. Keep well.

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  2. I realize how you feel about holding back on your blog concerning certain topics. To an extent, I curb my fingers from typing out posts surrounding particular topics, too. Yet, there are times when YOUR heart overflows due to an issue which moves your very core. In those times, I believe it is healthy to break format & themes. During those moments we see your heart’s 360 view. I for one am grateful you did this. Hugs, dear lady. -Alan

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    1. You are so right Alan. I am glad Sarah did not hold back on this topic. She is the one that inspired me to compare the walruses to human neighbors. Thank you so much for your beautiful comment. I truly appreciate it. Sending hugs from Montreal.

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    1. Thanks for reading my post and your positive feedback. I know that you also actively do your part in order to help save our planet. From what I see and read on your blog you seem to have a sustainable lifestyle. Your beautiful home decor DIY are a testimony of that. Keep well.

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  3. Thank you very much for this reblog, dear Dominique! You’ve found the perfect words, my friend, and expressed exactly my thoughts to this topic. I know that you are also one of those wonderful people who actively do their part in order to safe this beautiful planet of ours, especially since your scientific background allows you to have a deeper insight into the issue than most people have. I’m so proud to call you my friend! Thanks again! Much love! xoxo

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    1. Aww… sweet Sarah. You are so kind and inspiring. I am proud to call you my friend too -and delighted that you liked my introduction to your post. I don’t think I have a deeper insight into the issue. The words just came straight from my heart. Much love and hugs dear friend! ❤️

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  4. Dominique, I left a message at Sarah’s blog but want to be sure you realize the impact you left on me. Of course this situation is heart breaking in all respects. Your allegorical tale describes the awfulness of for these walruses. The awfulness for all of us. And as I said at Sarah’s, we are the problem. Thank you.

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    1. Thank you so much for your kinds words. I appreciate a lot -and sorry for my late reply. Like Ines Vieira said… Life gets in the way sometimes.

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  5. I couldn’t even bring myself to watch because I knew what I would see. It’s like watching kittens being drowned and puppies being beaten, I just can’t do it. However, I can recycle my plastic bags and think twice about what goes into the trash bin. I can make sure to take reusable bags to the grocery store or any other store, for that matter. I can choose products that are packaged in recyclable materials. I can make sure that my lawn is pesticide free and so is my food. I can make sure the products I buy are cruelty-free.

    There are so many things we can do. Recently, I saw that Proctor and Gamble is offering a ‘plant-based’ form of Tide detergent. Obviously, they have realized that there are a lot of people out there who don’t want products that are made using animal ingredients or are made after testing them on animals. If a big company like that can change its products to catch a bigger share of the market, it is obvious that individual choices add up to facilitate change. Sorry, I’m soapboxing here, but I can’t stand the thought of what we are doing to wild animals. Plastics are killing our planet. But we are also being horribly cruel to domestic animals, too. If each of us made some small changes, we could make a big difference. Just ask Proctor and Gamble.

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    1. Hello Linda, Darren here! Sitting with Dominique who has just read your comment and has suggested that we both respond to you despite having plied me with alcohol today. This is very trusting but possibly also very unwise 😉
      Seriously, thank you for this comment. We knew, of course, that you would feel the same way we do.
      Dominique here! Agreed – even some huge companies are trying to offer more sustainable products and the Proctor and Gamble example is a good one. (Darren tells me that the sandwich shop chain Greggs in the UK introduced a vegan sausage roll recently and literally could not keep up with the demand.)
      Plastics are indeed a huge problem and we can all do something about this through personal choice as alternatives are often available to many products usually made from plastics. Big hug from both of us. xxx

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    2. Sorry that I am just now getting to this. I’ve let my WP posts/comments lapse! I am so glad you are together this week. I wish I could be there but tomorrow will be important and there will always be next time, right? Hugs to you both!

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    1. Thank you Cris for this wonderful comment. We should indeed do lots more about it and I hope more people will be inspired to play their part.

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  6. Such a powerful post and message Dominique and one that can’t be ignored. Despite the fact that we sometimes tip toe around certain issues Sarah’s video is heartbreaking yet important for us all to be aware of. Thank you for this important message and share.

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    1. You always find a way to make me smile. Your writing skills, positive approach to life and generosity are a breath of fresh air to me. Thanks. Hope things will get better for you Rory. You deserve it.

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    1. Thank you Rory! I am so please to hear you will be doing a project with Lisa. Can’t wait to see what you will come up with. Your gift goes straight to my heart. Hug.

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