April 2024 Editor's Fix

Five years ago, I was sitting in a Board Directed Session with the Columbia Basin Trust (CBT) on Climate Change Impacts and Implications. I sat in silence, hanging on every word and feeling my core temperature rise alongside the trajectory of the global temperature on the chart before us. I swore everyone in the room could hear my heart beating and see the level of anxiety I was experiencing. It was a pivotal moment in my life. While I have always been environmentally conscious, I was now determined to be environmentally active. 

Francis Bacon is known for saying, “knowledge itself is power” and who can argue with that? I am so grateful for the opportunity to learn from experts regularly through my role with the CBT, experts who are so well-versed and have spent decades studying, analyzing, publishing and educating people on the facts. Can you imagine how much time it would take us if we attempted to aggregate all this information on our own? How fortunate we are to be able to utilize specialists, and how amazing to be able to so effortlessly find information… but this has also become extremely problematic. 

I am not sure what the answer is, but I do think educating ourselves and our children on how to find accurate sources of information is so important. We are living in a time when we are faced with more information than ever, and unless we learn how to navigate it, are at risk of being misled. As someone who is deeply concerned about our climate crisis, and the world our children and grandchildren (if they choose to even have children) will be left with, the threat of misinformation has become even more pronounced. 

This month, as we celebrate earth, let’s also look within. Less can be more. Local can be better. And knowledge is always power. 

Happy Earth Day.