Local connections take part in NYC Climate March PDF Print E-mail
Our Blue Earth - Our Blue Earth
Written by Mike Snyder   
Wednesday, 24 September 2014 13:27
Climate MarchMy wife, Helena, and I were 2 of nearly 400,000 people marching for action on climate change in New York City this past weekend: the largest such rally in history.
After years of study into this issue, I have come to the following conclusions:
1. Despite on-going and healthy debate on the details, the core science of this issue is resolved: the planet is heating largely due to rising green house gases and the primary source of those gases is from human activity (in particular the burning of fossil fuels). This heating is giving rise to a rapidly changing climate, far outside of our planet's 'normal range'.
2. Despite any 'unknowns', there is a clear call to action.  We have to move beyond our unsustainable addiction to fossil fuels.  In my estimation, this is the single most pressing issue we face today because it has the potential to worsen all of the following concerns: economic stability, global development, habitat and species loss, health issues, land disputes and resource wars, natural disasters (and so on).
3. 'Belief' in this issue is not isolated to a political, cultural, or geographical identity. People of all walks of life care deeply about this because it directly effects them, their children and their planet. Don't buy the party line: Liberal and Conservative political values are both met in tackling this issue. (note that just today Rockefeller Fund is divesting from fossil fuels)
4. A better future is entirely possible. It won't be simple as marching around New York or even installing a few wind turbines. It will take time, energy, compromise and hard decisions. Climate change is a symptom of the way that we operate economically and socially; so we need to tackle some deep issues. But, if we do it right, we can build a better, more sustainable, more just future.
I recommend the following actions:
1. Do what you can to educate yourself on this issue. News sources (on both sides of the political spectrum) and television in general is incomplete and misleading at best. Reach for books, scientific journals, periodicals and scholarly reports. Talk about it with other people.
2. Vote for political leaders who understand this is a core issue, have a plan and a proven track record for following it. Demand change.
3. Invest in and support your community and build local resilience.
4. Do what you can to lower your personal carbon footprint.
5. Fall in love with this planet and all its inhabitants. Take joy in their wellbeing.
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