A poster is worth…
WHO KNOWS? Let’s find out. Copy this JPEG. Pass it on. If you’d like a higher res version, let me know. Ideas. Slogans. Graphics. This is something I can offer.
Will it solve the climate crisis? No. But it might help just a little bit. Please think about what you do well and enjoy doing and find a way to contribute. Everything helps.
Is climate the only crisis that matters? Of course not. Income inequality matters. Systemic racial injustice matters. Gun violence, caging children at the border, access to health care, rampant political corruption matters. Every social justice issue matters. But if we don’t solve the climate crisis in the next few years, none of the other issues will matter—because they, along with everything else, will cease to exist.
IS IT just me? My “intuit-o-meter” seems to be tuning into an unspoken “hope” by many people out there—who do not talk about it—that:
- Climate change is real but we can only accept incremental change that someone else pays for.
- We can probably consume our way out of this with smarter, greener purchases anyway.
- And besides, “technology” will solve this by either vacuuming out 250 years worth of atmospheric carbon overnight, scattering a gazillion “reflectors” in the sky (what could possibly go wrong?), or some other scientific marvel soon to be conceived.
These “hopes” are utterly delusional.
We’re down to the wire. We’ve long since blown past the possibility of incremental change. It’s now all or nothing. Either we willingly sacrifice some comforts today or, instead, we mercilessly sacrifice our grandchildren—their hopes and their dreams—on the altar of our inaction. It is still our choice—but not for long.
Greta Thunberg at the UN Climate Summit.
Something I’ve found to do
AS mentioned last week, I’ve just become involved with the Citizens’ Climate Lobby—a national group of citizen volunteers who lobby their representatives to support a Carbon Tax. If enacted, it will allow people free choice while dramatically driving down fossil fuel consumption and creating millions of new, green jobs. However, even though the concept is “revenue neutral”—it periodically refunds all the tax collected directly to the people—it nonetheless inflicts short term economic pain. Because…
There will be no progress without pain.
CCL works for me. Maybe it works for you too. Or not. Doesn’t matter. What matters is to get involved. Find your own place to engage, one that fits you. I’ve made a list of organizations. Check it out. Hope is not going to help. If you want hope, earn it with action. Please.