And there was no slowing Harriet down! Always a go-getter with lucky breaks often falling her way, Harriet led a comfortable, some would say “privileged”, life. Now as they began their walk home, Harriet could hardly contain her enthusiasm. She rattled off all the things she planned to do as a responsible resident of planet Earth. “Once the energy audit is completed on my warren I’ll replace all my appliances with Energy Star certified models. Tomorrow I’m going to start calling solar contractors for bids on my place. I can’t wait to be the first hare in the neighborhood to be generating my own electricity. Hey, maybe I’ll see about getting an EV (electric vehicle),” Harriet went on and on.
Eventually Harriet hopped off, and Truman plodded his way home. It was great that Harriet was able to take all those important steps. But Truman knew that many of those kinds of measures were out of his reach; he just didn’t have the resources.
At home, Truman told his wife, Tillie, about all he’d learned at the meeting and how Harriet was able to be a real ACTor. “But there are things we can do too,” Tillie said. So Truman and Tillie sat at the kitchen table and made up a list: turn down the thermostat, walk instead of riding when possible, the 3 R’s (reduce, re-use, recycle), be conscious of electricity and water use, eat less meat (no problem there for tortoises!) and on and on!
The next morning, Truman woke up knowing he could be a real ACTor too. Last night with all of Harriet’s talk, he’d felt that being a responsible Earth steward was some sort of race to see who could be the most “green.” But now he realized it’s not a competition, but an opportunity to be in harmony with everything around us. Each of us in our own way can foster and embrace a respectful relationship with the natural world and then demonstrate that respect through how we live our life. It’s up to each of us because we’re here forever… Earthbound.