LJ ran steadily through the early morning fog, each step matching his heartbeat. He smiled to himself, “I am in the zone, and this feels so good.” He looked ahead and saw the flock of turkeys and slowed his pace. He eyed the turkeys, and they eyed him. The turkeys spread out as if to encircle him as he got closer; they were blocking the road, making it difficult for him to find a way around them. “Is this the day I get into a fight with wild animals,” he thought as he slipped his pepper can into his hand from his pocket. “I can’t show fear, or they will attack.” LJ slowed his pace again, adjusted his glasses, and put his finger on the nozzle of the pepper spray. The big daddy of the flock raised his tail feathers and began flapping his huge wings. LJ got closer, took aim, and shot him with a steady stream of pepper. The turkey emitted a loud squawk and backpedaled away. The other turkeys scattered. LJ picked up his pace and shot through the flock.
Annie watched him running towards their home from the bedroom window, “Wow, that’s some pace he’s keeping,” she thought.
A few minutes later, LJ walked into the bedroom, “A flock of turkeys surrounded me, and the leader tried to attack me.”
Annie’s eyes were like saucers, “what did you do?
“I shot him with pepper spray, and he backed off. When he did that, the other turkeys did too. They are getting so aggressive. I think it has to do with this being mating season, and some neighbors are feeding them, so now they’re getting used to being around humans. I am going to post a message on Nextdoor alerting our neighbors. I don’t want anyone out walking with their children to run into these turkeys.”
“Yes, and while you’re at it, I know this is a pivot, but getting the neighbor’s attention about aggressive turkeys might also be a good time to offer some sustainable living tips.”
“I’m not following your train of thought, Annie.”
“Well, sustainable living begins with not feeding wild animals, so they begin to get too comfortable around us. That includes birds, feral cats, rabbits, possums, and raccoons.”
“Okay, so we shouldn’t try to sustain the lives of wild animals because that actually reduces their ability to sustain themselves, but what should we humans do to sustain ourselves in a way that doesn’t harm wildlife and thereby earth?”
“Well, first, I’m glad you’re okay, and second, thanks for asking about sustainable living. I read an article today that describes how the Amazon Rainforest is getting closer to a tipping point of no return. If the “lungs of the World” lose their ability to produce oxygen, we will experience ecological Armageddon. We are now at a critical stage to make impactful changes. Everyone can and should participate; after all, Earth is our only home; there is no planet B.
Here’s a great list from Headwaters Charitable Trust, and it’s worth sharing.
“This is a thorough list, Annie. I think it’s too important to tag on my message about the lurky turkeys, so let’s send it separately but do it right away. As you say, there is urgency in what all of us do now to save ourselves from absolute destruction. In the words of Robert Swan,
“The greatest threat to our planet is the belief that someone else will save it.”
Annie and LJ are a fictional couple. Their storyline promotes healthy eating and earth-friendly practices.