Yesterday, the governor of Maine vetoed the compromise solar energy bill that the legislature worked so hard to pass. I feel so angry. This one man is destroying thousands of potential new solar installations, all the jobs that go with it, and ultimately, adding to thousands of tons of carbon emissions because of his attack on renewable energy. I read today that even the utility companies supported this compromise bill. It certainly wasn’t a great bill. A great bill would have added incentives and support for increasing our shift to renewable energy. But it did provide a modest way forward.
But one man can veto it all. It makes my blood boil.
Tomorrow there is a rally at the state house, and I know that many people are writing to their legislators to attempt to gain nine more votes from Republicans who previously have voted against the bill. My state rep and state senator were both in favor, and I wrote to thank them. And I am writing this post, because sometimes we just have to rail against the powers of destruction and hope that the fire in our voices will turn the wind.
Signing the contract for our own solar panels has made this political side of the struggle very personal to me. I was just realizing today that it has been almost nine months since we began this journey, our search for greener housing. The length of a human pregnancy: and it has felt like being pregnant. The sheer magnitude of doing it all required a focus and energy that limited the other work I could do for the transformation of our society toward earth community. But now we are here, and the solar panels are about to be installed, and the baby is almost born, and I feel like a mama bear about it. I know that solar panels are not the be-all and end-all of the work we must do. But they have become a sign and symbol of it for me.
I have to remember the vows I took when I gathered with other earth lovers at the Work that Reconnects with Joanna Macy last summer. They give me strength on days like today.
- I vow to myself and to each of you:
- To commit myself daily to the healing of our world and the welfare of all beings.
- To live on Earth more lightly and less violently in the food, products, and energy I consume.
- To draw strength and guidance from the living Earth, the ancestors, the future beings, and my siblings of all species.
- To support others in their work for the world and to ask for help when I feel the need.
- To pursue a daily practice that clarifies my mind, strengthens my heart, and supports me in observing these vows.
I have to remember that we will not complete the work, but neither can we abandon it. This is the next part of this spiritual journey. Whatever the outcome, to be fierce like a mama bear about this earth we love. To be connected to the real Mama Bear, the Earth herself. We are part of a larger Life, larger than one destructive man, larger than the destructive forces that threaten everything we hold dear. I have to remember to lift up my voice and my arms in life and hope with all the green living things who are waking up in this season of new life.