Cowgirls, Climate Change, and Hope

Heidi Redd of the Dugout Ranch -- a partner with Nature Conservancy

Good Morning, God!

How many billion of us are there, now? And except for a few who are “off the grid” most of us are driving our cars and turning on our lights — those of us who have cars and lights. And sure enough, the world is warming

I must say, God, I find the melting of Planet Earth depressing. I remember steaming into Glacier Bay up in Alaska and seeing very small glaciers. In the 1700s the whole bay was solid ice. I told Kit, we’re too late. What is especially painful, God, is that change “snowballs.” In the Arctic, melting permafrost releases methane gas — which is even worse than carbon dioxide.

So, finding even a bit of good news makes me want to share it. Heidi Redd and her family are partnering with Nature Conservancy. The family cattle ranch will continue on. But because of the partnership the cowboys and the scientists are working together — trying to figure out how to respond to the warming weather.

The article says they “have come up with a number of ideas about how ranching might change in these parts: further reducing herd numbers; switching to different breeds of cattle; planting drought-adapted grasses; grazing on fragile lands only in the winter, when the soil is frozen and less vulnerable. Everything is on the table. Things will look different, says Baker, but the point is that there are solutions — there are ways to adapt.

I really love that spirit, God! That is the spirit of hope — Your Hope. Please, God, we need Your Hope and Your Help!

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