It is March and already it is crystal clear that something is very much out-of-order. Last week brought hundreds of tornadoes racing through the heart of the United States, leaving devastation in their wake and entire towns whipped from the face of the mid-west. All the while I see Sandhill cranes winging their way up the Mississippi and Blue birds already in the orchard – all of them early in their migration north – early by almost a month.
But why should that matter to us? Why worry about such things, when there are daily matters to be concerned about? Paul Gilding tells us why we should pay attention to the changes at hand.
And James Hansen explains how our elected officials have kept a lid on climate truth. Jim has tried to get our ear about the truth of climate change for over 30 years, however, without much success. But now, that his predictions are knocking down our doors we may finally stop and listen.
So, the next time you hear a politician talk about the need to open up oil reserves, about strip mining, and about the need for a Tar Sands pipeline, think about how this puts all of us into harm’s way.
Don’t be mislead by slick commercials about the “save” extraction of oil and gas and learn about the true cost of fossil fuels made from fraking, from tar sands and shale.
Think about yourself, your kids and grand kids. And better yet, think about calling your elected officials and demand that they do what is right for us and our planet. Solutions are already here, what is missing is not the technical know how, but rather the political will to put them into action.
Hold your elected officials accountable and force them to change course now, while we still have a change to make a difference.