I would never shower like before…

Showering was a funny conversation the last two weeks among the members of our group,

Newtak, Alaska, 2014, by Tony Homsy S.J
Newtok, Alaska, 2014, by Tony Homsy S.J

we had limited resource of water in Bethel, (it coasts approximately 350$ per week to fill your tank). With kind of respectful and mindful attitude, we economize the using of water in good way. We weren’t neither anxious nor careless, and the whole group has a kind of agreement that it is more authentically of we do that, since our documentary has being oriented more and more toward environment and global warming issues…

It was an intense experience in terms of dealing with the subject, from subsistence to climate change, etc. It helped us to focus with this severe problem, not only by living with a culture that has an intimate and personal relation with the universe, I mean the land and the sky, but also with people who are suffering from our misuse our resources in our daily life.

Today, we start kind of vacation in Seward at a lovely motel surrounded by marvelous mountains. Vacations used to be sort of days-off for me, out of all regular roles that I have been trying to live, like the diet I follow; more food, and more easy life style… At the motel I rejoined the normal life again, running water with nice bath tub. We all felt the urgency of shower, it is legitimate even we all smelled the same, fresh fish with smoked woods. 

Suddenly, I remembered the people of Bethel and Newtok, those who are suffering of the misbehaviors of the lower world, the way we waste our resources while their poverty is getting much worse. How I could forget the tears of our friend Nelson? the young man from Bethel who is fighting to rescue his land. How I could forget the despair live in Newtok and their anxiety of their future as they see their village drowning?

And I asked myself again: would I do something for people of Alaska? would I care about our future? Because what the Alaskans face of critical problems due to the climate change now, is nothing but our future in the next twenty years. What I can do now?

I ask forgiveness for each time I mocked someone who tried to economize in water, while I pretended that it is sort of exaggeration. I ask forgiveness for each time I shared indirectly with killing an innocent child he couldn’t survive because the severe winter that getting colder each year in Alaska. 

From now on, the military shower will by my new resolution and I don’t need to wait for tomorrow to start. Yes, at least I will be in solidarity with Alaskan’s children by this symbolic gesture, and try to keep their lovely land alive.

Tony Homsy S.J.

About Tony Homsy S.J.

Tony is a Syrian Jesuit from the Middle East Province, he is 29 years old and is the webmaster for his Province's website. After he graduated from University of Aleppo in Bio-chemistry department, he joined the Society, spending two years Cairo, Egypt, after which he studied philosophy and Arab Civilization in Beirut, Lebanon. He is currently a student at Creighton University in Omaha where he studies Digital Journalism and Computer Science. Besides studying, Tony spends time on photography translating to and from Arabic.

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