Whoa…well, what I need to know about climate change is that the world’s people need to do something about it NOW. Uh duh. Scientists, world leaders, activists and others have been trying to get our attention for many years now. Climate change is now at a crisis point. But, I’m feeling hopeful because there are things I can do to move national policy forward.
According to an interview in Oprah magazine, former Vice President Al Gore believes that in a crisis, people tend to pull together. He notes that during super storm Sandy, “We saw New Jersey governor Chris Christie and President Obama put partisanship aside and act in a powerful and unified way.” I believe that Congress will get the message that teamwork is required for national service. National debate and discussion will occur on this issue, options will be identified, and public policy will be enacted.
It’s not greed. Bankers and corporations do what will advance their interests. They are doing what the economic system is telling them to do. Pressure from citizens is effective when it goes to the power structure and clearly says that unless the system is changed, we all will be facing a very big problem.
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I’ve come to understand that there is a lot of misinformation and confusion in the discussion about what’s happening with the climate. But after watching, reading and listening to diverse voices, I own my belief that the global will experience in the coming years major weather impacts due to changes measured in the increasing carbon in the atmosphere.
I understand the feelings about this issue: it feels frightening, confusing, and hopeless. But with action, I feel that I am working with a team of Americans who understand that it it makes no difference if the climate crisis is manmade or not. What matters is that humans must prepare for the impacts of increased climate volatility, rising oceans, food production disruptions, etc. And, if we can do things now that can slow down the climate change, let’s do it now. To be on a team with esteemed scientists, economists, and world leaders makes me feel joyous, happy, and confident.
What am I doing? I’m participating on the Bill Moyer & Company site at PBS.org following along with the discussion about this issue.
And…I’m loving it! When my family and friends ask me, “Whatcha doing?” I tell them about the books I’m reading, the DVDs and programs I have watched, the petitions I’m supporting and the discussions I’m having with people around the globe who are, like me, passionate about this issue.
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—the Educating Gossip™