A favorable climate for action

step-it-up_2007.jpgOf all the multifarious challenges facing the global environment, the changing climate is the granddaddy of ‘em all, the one ring to rule them all, the one ring to bind them.  Until recently, the political prospects of doing something about it seemed vanishingly slim.

But the times they are a changin’.  The new IPCC report is hot off the presses and pulls few punches in describing the clear warming trend or in fingering humans as the cause.  Congressional committees have changed leadership, Evangelical Christians have issued a call for climate action, major corporations have called for climate action, our elected Representatives of both parties have called for climate action, mayors of 375 cities nationwide have called for climate action.  The stars appear to be aligning.  At last the climate seems favorable for action, so to speak.

The last remaining missing piece now is an unignorable message from the citizenry to our elected representatives.  What can a Natural Patriot do?  Bill McKibben, author of the classic “The End of Nature“, has the answer: Step it up.  Saturday, April 14th of this year — mere weeks away now — people all over America will hold rallies in every state, in churches, universities, and state capitols, inside and out, with the goal of convincing Congress to enact legislation promptly to cut greenhouse-gas emissions, and to pledge an 80 percent reduction by 2050.  This is not pie in the sky.  With creativity, flexibility, and forward-thinking policy, getting off oil and finding a new way are not only possible but likely to be profitable.

As the Earth Policy Institute’s Lester Brown has said:

“Given the environmental problems that the world is facing, can we make it?  That is, can we avoid economic decline and civilizational collapse? My answer is always the same: it depends on you and me, on what you and I do to reverse these trends. It means becoming politically active. Saving our civilization is not a spectator sport.”

Here is our chance. Join or Organize an action.

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About Emmett Duffy

I am a Natural Patriot and an ecologist with expertise in biodiversity and its importance to human society. My day job is Professor of Marine Science at the College of William and Mary in Virginia.
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