While the press is agog over the latest GOP candidates who are doing their hardest to say nothing on how to solve Climate Change, the laws of physics march on. And so are our environmental leaders who are calling the rest of us to highlight an impossibly craven attempt to flaunt the warnings of Climate Change and build “a proposed pipeline that would bring tar sands oil, allegedly toxic, from Canada to the United States.” Check it out:
Environmental Leaders Call for Civil Disobedience to Stop the Keystone XL Pipeline by Naomi Klein, Wendell Berry, Maude Barlow, Bill McKibben and Others, Dear Friends, This will be a slightly longer letter than common for the internet age—it’s serious stuff. The short version is we want you to consider doing something hard: coming to Washington in the hottest and stickiest weeks of the summer and engaging in civil disobedience that will likely get you arrested.” (June 23, 2011) Common Dreams
At a recent meeting I had with other folks concerned about Climate Change and the lack of interest by the public, it reminded me that I am not alone in my amazement. At this point in time when humanity is clearly faced with the most incredible crisis of our times, where we are quickly warming up our atmosphere to record heights, hardly anyone besides a relative few seem to notice. That’s odd.
It’s not odd that a few are concerned about a problem that most are ignoring—that goes on all the time. What’s odd is that the information about Climate Change is not only clear and compelling, but our government officials, our transportation authorities, our health departments, and all who are responsible for helping us to adapt to Climate Change are working on that. They are not acting as if Climate Change were a myth that only a few care about. They are considering the increased stress on our public health systems, our transportation corridors, our ecologies where the fish species and forests will change, where our agriculture will be heavily impacted by changes in our growing seasons, and especially our energy suppliers who will have to keep our energy systems going during spikes of a million air conditioners trying to keep millions cool in a very hot world. Our public officials don’t have the luxury of ignoring Climate Change—which, by the way, means you shouldn’t vote for anyone not ready to tackle that.
What came from the meeting was an incredible sense of awe at the state we are in: a state where the most critical problem of our existence is of little interest to the public. As noted in the story above, our environmental leaders are taking that on in a march on Washington. Most of them, I am sure, would rather do as the rest of us do, go to work, take care of our families, and chill out when we can.
But how can you stay down at the carbon trough after you’ve seen the Climate Change figures? Just read this simple straightforward report on Climate Change that explains the situation with no hype, and probably accepted by all your present public officials: Climate Change 101: Understanding and Responding to Global Climate Change | Pew Center on Global Climate Change For any of the ‘lowest emissions scenarios’ to occur, where we have a glimmer of a chance of surviving, a vast major of the public is going to have to be focused on Climate Change and change their behavior. And, we aren’t even close on that.