Open Spaces Coalition: An Origin Story
“Motherfucking cocksucker. Motherfucking shit fucker! What am I doing? What am I doing? I don't know what I'm doing. I'm doing the best that I can. I know that's all I can ask of myself. But is that good enough? Is my work doing any good? Is anybody paying attention? Is it hopeless to try and change things? I'm fucked. Maybe I should quit.
Maybe I should just fucking quit.
Don't fucking quit.
I don't know what the fuck I'm supposed to fucking do anymore.
I'm glad we saved a piece of this marsh. I know it's small, but at least it's something.” –Albert Markovski, I Heart Huckabees. (photo below courtesy of pinterest)
If you are a conservationist, activist, or anyone who has stood up against the masses to fight for change and fight for what you believe in, you have probably had a similar inner dialogue as Albert Markovski. I know there are days when I read news about climate change, see a trash bin full of recyclables in the alley, and open my Facebook to another horrific poaching incident in Africa; and I feel hopeless. I wonder if anything will change or if anything I try to do will make a difference, I wonder if any of this effort matters, and if I should just give up. Then I realize, I can’t quit. I won’t quit. That is how the Open Spaces Coalition was started.
I realize that origin stories usually don’t happen until later on in the franchise, after the hype; still, I decided to introduce the Open Spaces Coalition to the world with a little bit of information around how it all got started. First, I am a conservationist. Certainly not the best one. I live in an apartment building that, against city ordinance, does not recycle forcing us to dump our recycling at the neighbor’s house, and I am guilty of forgetting my reusable Starbucks cup on more than one occasion, but I care about the planet and all that call it home.
I am currently enrolled in a Master’s Degree program built around creating citizen conservationists and formal educators that will go out into the community and develop armies of do-gooders and create change, one person at a time. Sounds easy right? Just talk to people, spread the good word about our planet and voila! Planet saved. Wrong. People are busy, they have hectic lives, and the thought of adding the burden of our planet on top of our daily stress is too much to conceive. So how can we start to make a difference? My solution is in small doses. It is my goal to build a social media platform and website aimed at educating others around the issues in our community and communities around the world, share insights, recipes, eco-friendly business information and more. I hope to inspire others the way that I was inspired, and one by one, encourage others to think about the choices they make and make decisions that will benefit our planet and our survival for generations to come.
What about the name, you ask? The Open Spaces Coalition can be credited to the film, I Heart Huckabees. The character, Albert Markovski, played by Jason Schwartzman founded an environmental group called the Open Spaces Coalition dedicated to saving open space. I am inspired by the film, the character, the movement, and I want to carry on the name in the hopes of saving even more open spaces.