Tuesday, December 6, 2016 is also Colorado Gives Day.
What gives me positive inspiration in these difficult times?
I worry that so many people do not respect people who are not like them. When we don’t respect people, when we don’t recognize human dignity, we can justify so much selfishness. We justify hate crimes, we justify denying people housing, food, healthcare, we justify destroying the environment.
But I have found hope. My work for Rocky Mountain Wild gives me hope. I know we are not giving up. We work with many other conservation groups around the region. I know our community is fighting harder than ever to protect our environment for the plants, animals, and humans that live here.
I know that organizations working against hate and working to help people are also working hard.
I have pre-scheduled donations for Colorado Gives Day to support organizations like Rocky Mountain Wild and Wild Connections to help support conservation; organizations like Anti-Defamation League to fight hate; organizations like Colorado Coalition for the Homeless and Foodbank of the Rockies to help people.
I believe our hard work will be enough. I believe most people still value respect. I am inspired.