Seeing 2020. A reality check.
RESOLUTIONS in hand, time to check our good intentions against reality.
- All climate crisis talk notwithstanding, global consumption of fossil fuels increased again last year. This is because of us, all of us—especially in America, which as a nation still consumes the most carbon per capita. And, this escalating consumption is nothing less than negligent homicide on a global scale.
- The planet got hotter. Last September was the hottest on record—1.02 degrees F warmer than the average from 1981-2010.
Although the application of renewables is increasing, nearly exponentially, and electric car sales are set to explode, these trends alone are not enough to stave off an irreversible climate apocalypse in the near future. We have to change. Fundamentally.
And while change brings tremendous opportunities for economic growth and renewal, it also brings emotional pain—a lot of pain. When luxury becomes necessity and indulgence becomes the norm, it is hard—even painful—to embrace restraint, to cut back. And even personal sacrifice, while helpful, will not be enough. The problem is systemic, global. Yet it is all but impossible for governments, particularly democracies, to inflict this kind of pain without an overwhelming demand (France, anyone?). Even then, it’s not guaranteed, but without it, the system—and life as we know it—is doomed. We are not going to consume our way out of this.
Some good news.
- Kids are waking up and demanding change. The Student Climate Strike last fall attracted more than a million protesters worldwide. More strikes are planned for 2020. A million is a start, but not nearly enough. If you are not joining them, why? Really. Why?
- And from the Bodhi Bill Department of Shameless Self-Promotion comes this teaser: my upbeat, Pete-Seeger-style, we can solve this climate crisis singalong recording and video is nearing completion. Near as I can tell, it’s the first of its kind; maybe it will inspire more? And better!? Anyway, standby for the “Release Newsletter & Party Planner” in the next few weeks. I hope you will be inspired to share it with others. Can’t beat the price: free.
P O S T S C R I P T
AUSTRALIA is on fire. All of it. Nineteen people have died so far, burned to death. Half a billion animals have perished. And, it is still out of control. Meanwhile, their Prime Minister, Scott Morrison, claims there is no direct evidence climate change impacted this unprecedented conflagration. That, in a nutshell, is the ignorance and intransigence—at the highest levels of power—our world is facing. It is not supported by a single scientific fact or assessment. Instead, it is based on complacency, convenience and expediency. And, it will not change unless we force it to.
“It’s up to me and it’s up to you…”