by Kathie England


116 degrees is the temperature reached in Portland, Oregon on June 28, 2021!

116 is the number of people who died in Oregon during this extreme heat wave!

At the end of that extreme heat wave I watched “A Life on Our Planet” by David Attenborough, a documentary film available on Netflix.  Attenborough refers to this documentary as “My Witness Statement and A Vision for the Future.”

I was so moved and troubled after watching the film that I took the following steps:

  • I became a monthly sponsor with The Nature Conservancy.
  • I bought the book, A Life on Our Planet at my local Powell’s Books.

I invite you to watch the trailer to “A Life on Our Planet” and hopefully it will inspire you to watch the entire documentary.

I also invite you to watch the short video thank-you that I received from The Nature Conservancy after my donation earned me the title Conservation Champion.

 “Thank you for becoming a Conservation Champion!
Your dedication to nature means so much. By pledging to donate $25.75 as an ongoing donation, you are joining a group of nature’s most loyal and generous supporters.”

Watch this video to see the big difference you’re already making.”

Who We Can Be

If Attenborough’s film wasn’t persuasive enough for you to become a Conservation Champion, perhaps these articles I read in The New York Times on July 16, 2021 before writing this post will motivate you to take that one small step.

Hundreds Missing and Scores Dead as Raging Floods Strike Western Europe

 Drought and Heat Fuel Dozens of Wildfires

“Over 60 active fires are burning across the Western United States, displacing hundreds of people and burning over 900,000 acres, with hot, dry conditions expected to continue.”

Parts of the Amazon Go From Absorbing Carbon Dioxide to Emitting It

It Seems Odd That We Would Just Let the World Burn

By Ezra Klein

“Where is the urgency on climate change? June 2021 was the hottest June ever recorded on land. Portland, Oregon saw temperatures of 116 degrees, a sentence that doesn’t make sense to me even as I know it to be true. In Lytton, British Columbia, temperatures reached 121 degrees, and the city simply ignited. ‘You can’t even comprehend it,’ one resident told CBC Radio. ‘Our entire town is gone.’ “

I hope you are inspired and motivated to become a Conservation Champion as one small step for the future of our planet.