Sunday, June 11, 2017

Working towards climate change solutions: Why do we do what we do?

I'm at the Citizens' Climate Lobby national meeting in Washington, DC, which runs today (Sunday) through Tuesday, including lobbying our members of Congress on Tuesday. I plan to make a few posts during my stay here, between meetings and presentations.

We were greeted this morning at 9:00 a.m. with a rousing performance by the Howard University Gospel Choir--"When the Saints Go Marching In," and "Hold On, Change is Coming, You Can Make It." A thousand people in attendance stood and clapped, an uplifting beginning, to be sure.

CCL Executive Director Mark Reynolds had the opening remarks. One question he asked us to answer for a neighbor or two was, "Why are you here?" Basically, why are you choosing to work with CCL to affect change?

A few answers from nearby:

  • "The climate deserves the very best we have to give."
  • "For biodiversity ... for all the plants and animals of the world."
  • "For the most vulnerable among us ... for the people of the world who'll not be able to pick up and move if it is too hot or dry or the sea levels rise to far ... who'll not be able to simply crank up the A/C or drive to the supermarket for food. (This was my answer.)
  • "For all the children and our grandchildren across the globe."
Mark showed a video of his two-year-old grandson. Little Elliott was standing seaside, squealing with joy as he ran towards the incoming water. What shear joy he showed! I know that this is how Harper sees the world, and how Claire and Aggie have also seen it, and still do from time to time. THAT'S why we are doing what we are doing.



What do you think? Why is this a worthy cause? Why should we work to engage every member of Congress to implement a carbon fee and dividend plan that will lead to lower emissions and a quicker transition to a zero carbon future? Why talk, write, call about climate change? What do you value most in the world?

Monday, June 5, 2017

Immoral Decisions

President Trump’s decision to withdraw the U.S. from the Paris climate agreement can be summarized in a word: immoral. The affirmation and praise of the President’s actions by some of our Republican leaders is also immoral, allowing our future and the future of our children to be co-opted by the Charles Murrays and the David and Charles Kochs of the world—wealthy fossil fuel magnates who’ll do anything to cling to the dirty, polluting practices of yesterday. The rest of the world—including China, India, the European Union, and even Nicaragua—is working diligently to transition to a cleaner, more stable climate and environment, developing new industries and well-paying jobs along the way. However, the United States, which has produced nearly a third of the world’s planet-warming greenhouse gas emissions with only 4% of the world’s population, remains hostage to a handful of men (yes, men) who want us to believe that everything will work out if we just stick to our dirty old ways of creating energy. Don’t be fooled that this decision is about an unfair agreement tilted against the United States; this is about re-election bids and greed, the opposite of leadership. Sad…and immoral.
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See this New York Times article for more.