The Story of the Hummingbird

Photo by Bob Clark, Bowen Island

One day a terrible fire broke out in a forest - a huge woodlands was suddenly engulfed by a raging wild fire.
Frightened, all the animals fled their homes and ran out of the forest. As they came to the edge of a stream they stopped to watch the fire and they were feeling, very discouraged and powerless. They were all bemoaning the destruction of their homes. Every one of them thought there was nothing they could do about the fire, except for one little hummingbird..
This particular hummingbird decided it would do something. It swooped into the stream and picked up a few drops of water and went into the forest and put them on the fire. Then it went back to the stream and did it again, and it kept going back, again and again and again.
All the other animals watched in disbelief; some tried to discourage the hummingbird with comments like, "Don't bother, it is too much, you are too little, your wings will burn, your beak is too tiny, it's only a drop, you can't put out this fire."
And as the animals stood around disparaging the little bird's efforts, the bird noticed how hopeless and forlorn they looked. Then one of the animals shouted out and challenged the hummingbird in a mocking voice, "What do you think you are doing?" And the hummingbird, without wasting time or losing a beat, looked back and said, "I am doing what I can."
This inspirational story, is an excerpt as told by Noble Peace Laureate Wangari Maathai in an address to international educators who had gathered in Montreal for NAFSA's 58th annual conference in 2006.
Like the hummingbird, if we do what we can, together we can have a positive impact on the environmental health of our province; in more ways than one. Imagine, if we had 20,000 micro solar generation facilities in the province shipping electricity into the grid instead of 1235 which we have today.. Imagine if we were able to progressively replace fossil fuel generation with renewable energy. It will not happen without you and our children and grandchildren will be the ones that benefit.
Green Alberta Energy has created a simple solution and made the concept of greening the grid affordable. Do what you can. The percentage of green energy you purchase is not important. Just do what you can afford. Even if it is just a little bit of energy that is greened, every little bit helps. Remember the hummingbird and never ever give up.