As I sit at my sit spot, I can still feel the chilling wind of winter, but spring is certainly coming. This is my favorite time of year. Dead leaves still litter the forest floor, but I can hear the song of the returning birds and smell the faint scent of blooming wild flowers. I can see the  shimmering green leaves reviving the trees from their deep hibernation. This time of year brings hope for the times ahead.

Hope, what a powerful word. Hope that the sun will continue to rise every morning. Hope that the trees will continue to produce air. Hope that someday soon mankind will realize that we depend on nature to survive. Both mankind and nature are ever changing but through our changes our connection holds strong. We must embrace the fact that we will always be connected to nature; no matter how much we try to hide it.

Nature is our teacher. That is what we learn here at Evergreen Community Charter School. We learn to respect nature and to embrace the connection between it and mankind. I wish that everyone was taught that, but it is obvious that many people do understand that for mankind to survive nature must survive. According to Understory.ran.org, around 60,000 kilometers per year of forest are destroyed. That is about the size of Ireland. People do this for wood fuel, paper products, and lumber. Mountaintop removal is also a huge environmental issue. In order to mine coal, our main power resource, we have to blow the tops off of mountains (mountainjusticesummer.org). Other environmental issues include climate change and global warming, consumption of resources, and extinction of animals and plants. What do these all have in common? They all are caused by humans. We need to do something to help fix these environmental issues. We need to better understand our connection with nature.

All of these thoughts run through my head, as I sit contemplating the feeling of hope in the air. This hope is strong; it will never fade as long as there is someone there to encourage it and to feed it. Someone to feed the fire of hope. You could be that person. You can make a difference. Will you choose to feed the fire of hope or leave it to die.


  Olson, Brant . "How many trees are cut down each year?." The Understory all the dirt that’s fit to post. Rainforest action network , 22 Apr. 2008. Web. 12 Mar. 2014. <http://understory.ran.org/2008/04/22/how-many-trees-are-cut-down-every-year/>.