Recently I visited my wife who started a new job near Geneva, Switzerland. She lives on the French side of the Geneva Airport in a town called Ferney Voltaire, Voltaire being the Eighteenth century French philosopher perhaps most famous for his play Candide, where he writes: “Il faut cultiver notre jardin” or “we must cultivate our garden”.
Voltaire lived in this town toward the end of his very full life, which overlooks Geneva and off in the distance the French Alps to the East. We walked around his chateau and garden wall on a sunny Saturday, when the Ferney outdoor market is in full swing. The southfacing wall is covered in green moss, which stands out in the middle of winter against the brown fields surrounding the town.
Having not posted anything to this blog in weeks, I can’t even begin to summarize what all has happened personally and in the climate literacy world in the past several weeks. The best I can do is to make this small attempt to begin cultivating the soil again, and then maybe plant some seeds.