by Dominique Browning, Senior Director of Moms Clean Air Force
I just stumbled on this gift of a link from a friend, having just gotten home from seeing the latest Batman movie, which I loved though it nearly made me crazy with anxiety. (I am a Batman freak from childhood, he was always my favorite superhero.)
I was in a mood of wonder, at how apocalyptic the world can get, and yet how people always have hope. What with drought, floods, blow outs of electric grids, searing heat waves, the fate of the world has been weighing on my mind–as it has on anyone who thinks about global warming.
Then I opened this video of scenes (above) from the International Space Station. It moved me to tears. The stunning beauty of this planet of ours. How vulnerable we are, how tiny in that infinitely spangled sky– and how large this world is, at the same time; our only home, containing everything we know and love. And how ingenious, how brilliant, how unnervingly ambitious, that humankind was able to send up a space ship that looks like a brittle, gangly dragonfly, unfolding its wings, rolling around its eyes–so that we can see, through it, how we look, from way out there. I don’t know which is the most miraculous creation–the planet, the human, the space ship … all of it.
The gorgeous majesty of this movie should remind us all of what we are capable of achieving: the impossible. We can do this. We can take care of our world, and of each other. And we must. So that our children can one day gaze at the stars and wonder at the miracle of life here.