For the Children

Leap of Faith
Leap of Faith

Today our efforts in Floyd County and all over the globe lift global climate into the public and political radar. (The 350 kite event at Hollins is still ON, hoping for the partial clearing and adequate winds after this front passes through early afternoon).

All our silliness, our planning, our energies and our hopes are directed to our children who inherit the earth in the condition we leave it.

Are we certain collective focus on 350 can have any significant impact on CO2 levels a century from now? Or must we, at some point, having reached the edge of the known, make an educated leap for the children?

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Fred First holds masters degrees in Vertebrate Zoology and physical therapy, and has been a biology teacher and physical therapist by profession. He moved to southwest Virginia in 1975 and to Floyd County in 1997. He maintains a daily photo-blog, broadcasts essays on the Roanoke NPR station, and contributes regular columns for the Floyd Press and Roanoke's Star Sentinel. His two non-fiction books, Slow Road Home and his recent What We Hold in Our Hands, celebrate the riches that we possess in our families and communities, our natural bounty, social capital and Appalachian cultures old and new. He has served on the Jacksonville Center Board of Directors and is newly active in the Sustain Floyd organization. He lives in northeastern Floyd County on the headwaters of the Roanoke River.

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