I have been running on the beach early each morning, dodging waves with a Florence and the Machine soundtrack turned down low so that I can hear the throb of the ocean. It's the perfect place for me to run as I rarely encounter people and my tendency to burst into loud spontaneous song isn't disturbing anyone but the gulls.
This morning as I ran, a perfect wave rode in to the shore with the sunlight refracting off the endless blue and i had that heart-stopping moment of beauty. Halted me in my tracks, rare when I've got my running groove on. I am no patriot, i have no love of nationalism when I see the damage these kinds of movements have made throughout history and yet this moment on the sand made me understand I do have a deep and abiding love for this land.
Then I also starting thinking about the balls-up that is the Kyoto Agreement - the Canadians pulling out and the extension of time to reach binding decisions. WTF?? I'm not even sure we should stick with it when it just seems to have reduced to a spin-fest. Should major players pull out? Would this ramp up the moral imperative enough to make us all get our shit together before it's too late? Is Kyoto an excuse to sit on our collective arses and hope that moments like this morning on the beach will be a reality for our children? All I know is that I want to be part of a community that is prepared to make ballsy decisions right here, right now, Kyoto or no Kyoto.
Ps hope my physio isn't reading this as she banned me from running till after Christmas. Will be struck down by lightning when I tell her I have just been doing a spot of brisk walking.