On Earth Day
Give Back to Mother Nature
As islanders, we understand the fragility of our earth and how it is amplified on our small stretch of land. The threat of receding coastlines or even pieces of trash marring the picturesque landscape is an example of the issues distressing the Earth at large. This planet gives us so much- life, food, entertainment, beauty, and especially, special places such as Nantucket. It is paramount that we give back and take care of Mother Earth. While Earth Day, on April 22nd, is a necessary reminder of the call to preserve our environment, the steps in which to do so are actions we should be mindful of integrating into our everyday lives.
Even if you do not identify with younger generations, there are ways in which to become involved and make a difference. All are welcome to participate in the Youth Climate Committee's Climate Cafes: regular virtual, and hopefully soon in-person, meetings that focus on discussing one specific issue the island is facing. The most recent Climate Cafe discussed the coastline preservation where the students presented jarring facts exemplifying the percentage of the island coastlines that will be potentially impacted by storm flooding by the year 2070. A year that feels frightfully close, even to those so young. Participants of the meeting offered insight into how to find ways in which to present the data to the Town, allowing for a greater awareness of these issues and more mobility and resources for solving them.
The students are also helping to test a new environmental tracking app, Irys. An interactive app where anyone can search the environmental issues specific to their location, participate in discussion boards and post images of the issues they see such as erosion.
We feel inspired with a renewed sense of hope because the younger generation is passionate about tackling these environmental issues. We want to support them as much as we can. Nantucket Looms will promote future climate cafes and encourage everyone to join and learn how we can better protect our beautiful island. We will also be making a donation to the Youth Climate Committee through the Mass Audubon Society. We encourage our clients, vendors, staff, friends and family to also play a role in a way that is meaningful in protecting our Earth. It will take an island to make a difference.