Around this time last year I created this Sad Bear drawing in response to the decision to reduce the Bears Ears National Monument. Anger was all over the internet. I was angry too, but after digesting it for a while, I realized I was much more saddened by it than enraged. Since then, I’ve thought more deeply and sincerely about how we as humans affect the land, use our limited resources, and approach recreation.
Sometimes it seems like a daunting task to think about responsibility, and that can lead to either ignorance or deep depression — but I think more moments of honest expression, even expressions of sadness, are valuable and necessary.
At first I didn’t think anything I did could possibly have any impact. But the drawing kind of took off. I printed them on shirts, and donated the proceeds to the @accessfund
because they know how to do that political thing way better than I do. Corporate donors who have way more money than I do were matching donations and ended up quadrupling the amount. So in total a little drawing I made on a sad morning was able to generate over $1600 for a cause I believed was worth it.
This is not a story I tell because I think I accomplished a great thing. It’s more of a story of how something small can grow with the help of many. A year later, I’m still really proud of what we did as a community. Fighting any kind of big power is hard and feels like there is no end, but I hope we can take the small joys and celebrate them, honestly.
Thank you @ashnm_
for this amazing photo and to everyone who supported that project! ❤️❤️❤️