A deadly virus is attacking young children in China. A tidal wave has killed thousands in Myanmar/Burma. A woman held prisoner by her own father is finally free of her basement prison after 30 years and several children . . .
As if that isn’t enough, gas prices are skyrocketing to a point I never imagined for our country. I cringe at the pump every time I have to fill my small, fuel-efficient car that barely fits two car seats for the kids. I don’t know what I will do when gas gets more expensive . . . and we all know it will.
It’s a scary world we live in. As a mother with two young children, I can’t help but wonder what kind of a life I have birthed my babies into. Move over, I am scared.
I am scared that my children won’t have fresh water when they grow up. I am scared that our advanced society has out-priced itself so it can no longer prosper. I am scared that food prices could soar suddenly the way gas prices have. I am scared that one day we will wake up with no electricity, no gas and only the food in our pantry to sustain us because the country has overused everything.
What can we do? What can I do?
Those are questions I ask myself a lot.
I don’t have the answers. I wish I could say I did, but I don’t. All I know is that in the past year, and particularly in the past few months, I have been more and more driven to leaving less of a carbon footprint. I can’t stand the thought that I might contribute to my kids having a less-than-perfect world.
In some ways, I feel like we should all watch Monsters Inc. and take notice of an important underlying message: in the movie, the monsters pursue the source of energy they know — screams. But the screams are running out and becoming harder to come by. There is an energy shortage. Pressure is on at the plant. The owner of the big Monsters Incorporated company works with one of the less savory employees to find a better way to get screams. But their way poaches little children and sucks them dry. Meanwhile, there is a far more powerful source of energy out there: laughter. And better yet, it doesn’t run in short supply.
Ultimately, I think we need to find our laughter and harness it so that we no longer have to live in a world of short supply. Can you see the parallels to the situation we face right now with skyrocketing oil prices and a post-peak oil supply?
All I know for sure, is that something has to change. For me, that means less driving, more homegrown and local food and watching the budget with a keener eye. To make change, we need to be the change.
What do you think? What kind of a world are we leaving for our kids? What can we do about it?
Sarah Walker Caron is a cookbook author, freelance writer and founder of Sarah’s Cucina Bella. She is the author of several cookbooks including The Super Easy 5-Ingredient Cookbook and One-Pot Pasta, both from Rockridge Press. A single mother to two kids in middle school, Sarah loves nightly family dinners, juicy tomatoes plucked fresh from the vine and lazy days on the beach. She also adores reading and traveling.