Marjory Stoneman Douglas, (1890 - 1998), was a feminist, an activist, a journalist and an environmentalist, known especially for her defense of the Everglades, when developers wanted to drain it. Her book "The Everglades: River of Glass", drew attention to the degrading quality of life in the Everglades, and is an influential book on nature conservation.
The site of the latest school shooting in Florida was the high school named after her.
I am inspired by the young people, who are rising and speaking out in response to this tragic event, apparently the seventeenth school shooting in 2018, and we are just barely in March. I suspect Ms. Stoneman Douglas would be standing with them. I am especially impressed with emerging leader 17 year old Emma Gonzalez, who is "calling B.S." on the current stance on gun control. If you have not listened to her passionate speech, it is here on CNN. She is amazing. She says, "We will be the change we wish to see."
Students plan a March For Our Lives on March 24th. They will march on Washington, and students across the nation plan marches in support.
Setting aside the highly charged issue of gun control, which we cannot solve in this forum, what words of encouragement or support can we offer the young people of today? What words of love and sorrow, inspiration and hope? How can we, together, Be the Change that we so need?
or, if you prefer,
Write a poem about the Everglades. Take a serene ride down the river and experience a time out of time. Either poem will be good for the soul.