Dear Friends: In its last issue, Western Friend published a letter to grandchildren everywhere talking about the environmental conditions we are leaving to our grandchildren. While I am grateful to WF for publishing that letter, I am concerned about editorial changes that were made that I was not given the opportunity to review before it went to press.
On this earth at daybreak I step outside to find that all the trees have hollows, all the birds face east, and the bells all swing their open mouths into the sky. Kling klang they shout! The sound breaks out of belfries, arcs its way across the sky to fall into the wild beastly trees that sing along behind the leaves
Shelley Tanenbaum serves as clerk of Quaker Earthcare Witness and Quaker Institute for the Future. She is a member of Strawberry Creek Meeting in Berkeley, CA. Shelley and her husband run a consulting company, ENVAIR, which conducts research on regional air quality trends, with an emphasis on ozone and particulates.
When I was a child I loved the cuddliness and innocence of animals, and I wished they could talk. A grownup and activist now, I look for ways to use art to awaken our empathy with the natural world and to increase our climate-change consciousness. As an artist and writer, I know what fun it can be to combine pictures and text.