Greetings from your New EcoNews Reporter: Caroline Griffith

Caroline Griffith, EcoNews Journalist

Caroline Griffith, the new EcoNews Coordinator and Journalist, upset about the lack of benches in the Eureka Gazebo.

Martin Luther King said, “It really boils down to this: that all life is interrelated. We are all caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied into a single garment of destiny.” I take these words, from the man who was an inspiration to the environmental justice movement, very much to heart in all that I do and am honored to be able to apply them to my work here at EcoNews.

As an environmental justice advocate, nature lover, cyclist, zero-waste aspirant and public meeting enthusiast, I am excited for the opportunity to bring all of these passions together as your new EcoNews Journalist. Just as all life on earth is interconnected and humanity’s chances for survival are woven together with those of the Pacific fisher and the Salmon Mountains wakerobin, I see the various aspects of the environmental movement not as individual efforts, but as strands of the rope with which we’ll pull ourselves into a just and sustainable future. Individually, none of these strands is strong enough to save us. But, luckily, none of those strands, most of which are represented by the issues and groups found in the pages of this paper, exist independently of the others. Forest policy is connected to transportation. Transportation is connected to energy policy and resource extraction, which are both connected to plastics reduction, which is connected to the health of our bay, all of which are connected to the fight against climate change. We’re all in this together.

The success of all of our efforts is dependant upon a well-informed, educated populace that is ready to take meaningful action. That’s where I come in. My mission is to help educate you about decisions that are being made in our community and inspire you to action. Now more than ever, we need to realize our power and take action to change the trajectory of our culture. I look forward to embarking on this mission with you. You can help by letting me know what is happening in your community at caroline@yournec.org. Like I said, we’re all in this together.