I haven’t posted this past week and the Ikkatsu Project’s social media activity has been kept to a minimum as well. With the protests and the passion boiling over all around the country, it seemed like a good time to follow the lead of those who are taking time to listen, rather than to speak. It takes effort to try to see the world through the eyes of others, to shut up for a while and notice the things you might never have seen before. Things about the way our society has been constructed to favor some and disadvantage others, about how we as individuals have perpetuated those inequalities. There are a lot of resources online that can help explain some of the ideas around systemic racism and what part you can play in bringing real change to the system. It’s important stuff, and for some in our society, it is literally a matter of life and death.
In the week coming up, there’s another 2-minute meeting on tap, as well as updates on Alaska and the Tacoma Shoreline Survey, along with a look at the upcoming Olympic Rivers Microplastic Study and a word about how you can get involved in the sampling process. There are a couple other adventures in the offing that may or may not get some attention, as well.
Hopefully, you are all staying healthy and safe. Even though we’re all acting like the virus situation is cool now, it’s important to remember that nothing’s really changed. People are still getting sick and some are still dying, regardless of politicized efforts to pretend that it was all a bad dream. There are a few simple things that you can do to improve your odds. Why wouldn’t you?
Meanwhile, if you haven’t seen the 2-Minute Meeting on the Seventy48, 2020 version, here’s a quick link.