What was the meaning of Sea Change 2016? Sometimes things happen that feel so profound that it takes the heart and mind days to digest it, to reach the surface of the mind where it can be expressed. This is how I feel about this trip.
Cedar Holden: I've learned that until you start pursuing your dreams, they will remain really far away.
Zander: I've learned what is my niche in this world.
Lamar: I've learned to look for the rainbow.
How about me? I've learned that if you have a good vision, and you keep "doing" the vision, you don't have to worry if it's not always fun, or meaningful, or even feels worth it. Meaning will be found on the other end.
I've learned that kids listen much better to other kids than to us. Kids also have much better solutions than us. I guess I've learned that however we continue Sea Change, it will involve kids learning how to talk to each other about the things they really care about--especially climate change. I've learned that it's okay if those who didn't create the problem are the ones solving it.
And I've learned, once again, that we are living in a world changed by climate chaos. We began this trip with a crazy 90-degree day, wildfires starting near and far. We ended the trip with an official "heavy-weather event"--2-inches of rain in a 24-hour period. Extremes truly have become the norm.
I've learned that the more we talk to people who either remember the north shore more than 30 years ago, or who have been away for more than 30 years, we learn how astoundingly quickly things have changed.
I've learned that this Lake is just as sacred as it ever was in the minds of the few of us who are lucky enough to call it home, and that as our crew said, we need to each do our part to keep it how it should be--CLEAN, CLEAR, AND COLD.