Where will the urgency come from? What can I tell my grandkids about the chaos and misery I’m going to bequeath them?
I see so clearly (or is it fantasy? Hallucination? Alarmism? No!) I see so clearly what is happening. Hurricanes, floods, sea level droughts, wildfires, extinctions, human habitats disappearing under water or being evacuated because of unbearable, uninhabitable heat, the spread of tropical diseases, climate refugees pouring into overcrowded cities, food shortages, food riots, wars, all this and more happening before our eyes.
And it’s getting inexorably worse. Sooner or later, it will reach the point where the grandkids realize what we’ve done, curse us for what we failed to do, what we failed to teach them and for how we kept on taking for ourselves when we knew what that would mean.
And yet, we know how to stop this. The technology exists. We could shut down the coal-fired plants, scrap the gas guzzling cars, retool the manufacturing plants, put up windmills and solar panels, tap geothermal energy as they have in Iceland, quit destroying rain forests, insulate homes and buildings and personally so much more. We can vote the climate and demand that our elected representatives see it as the crisis it is.
Because if we don’t do all this, nothing else we care about is going to matter very much at all.
Some things to do:
- Join the Climate Reality Project (www.climaterealityproject.org) and other organizations committed to solving the climate crisis; be the voice of reality and sign up for an Al Gore training session; Join Climate Reality’s 100% Committed campaign and pledge to help your community, business, or school shift to 100 percent renewable electricity; and/or
- Join the Citizens Climate Lobby (https://citizensclimatelobby.org) which works for a bipartisan bill that would levy a revenue neutral charge on fossil fuels with a fee on carbon at the source and then pay every household a dividend with the proceeds; and/or
- Join a local 350.org group. They work on getting governments and institutions to divest from companies that profit from fossil fuels and on getting cities and institutions to commit to becoming fossil free; and/or
- Join the Sierra Club. Their chapters are running a “Ready for 100” campaign to get cities and towns committed to 100% renewable energy;
- Join Frack Free Illinois (https://www.facebook.com/pg/FrackFreeIllinois/about/?ref=page_internal);
- Make consumer choices that reduce energy use – change to LED bulbs NOW! Don’t wait for current bulbs to wear out. Consider hybrid or electric cars. There are plenty of individual actions you can take https://www.planetvision.com/actions;
- But remember: changing laws is even more important than changing light bulbs;
- Consider the environmental impact of the items you buy;
- Speak up!
- Win the conversation;
- Don’t let denial go unchallenged – this website is a little dated, but still quite useful https://www.skepticalscience.com/argument.php;
- Use social and traditional media to get the word out;
- Use the #ClimateHope and #ActOnClimate hash tags;
- Write to the editors of newspapers and magazines;
- Call TV and radio stations;
- Let elected officials know where you stand.