Seizing the hurricane Sandy moment to tell it like it is
This is my Sandy statement. It is told in the Up with Chris Hayes video shared below, and I encourage you to see it, share it, and make it yours as well.
It speaks of the perplexing and, as Sandy has made clear, life-threatening inability to launch any sensible discussion about climate change in this country, the country we like to call the greatest on Earth. May I suggest we refrain from claiming such a lofty title as long as we remain stuck in this collective schizophrenia that is putting the entire planet at risk.
When a crisis this real and deep isn't even mentioned in three presidential debates, and one vice presidential, we know we're suffering from a debilitating social and political disease. Perhaps even a terminal one, if we don't awaken from this coma on time.
Chris focused on the duty of our government to do something about climate if only to fulfill its responsibility for our safety. Seeing the wrenching images of the human suffering caused by Sandy, you may also want to view this in far more compassionate terms. And beyond those two levels, look at it as a society of intelligent people who simply listen to the overwhelming consensus among scientists, who are telling us at the top of their voices that things will get unthinkably worse than Sandy unless we halt carbon emissions and start bringing them down sharply after 2020, barely eight years from now.
No matter how you choose to approach climate change, that's the endgame we must produce. It begins by openly acknowledging the science and by rushing vigorously and urgently to the solutions at hand, which by the way, are clearly known and ready to go. No studies needed. Just action.
And not just on climate. On resource and biodiversity depletion as well, a crisis just as daunting and which coincides precisely with the 2020 deadline.
There is no time to waste. Let's seize the Sandy moment to spark the action needed, careful that we not get lost in needless and time consuming debate at this late stage of the game.
So tell it like it is to your friends and neighbors. Persuade, persuade and persuade some more. Do not relent. Become far more a part of the solution, knowing that post-Sandy, passivity and silence are part of the problem.
And as you persuade your inner circle, inspire them as well. Inspire them with the vision of the society we can have courtesy of the solutions to the climate and resource crisis, a society that values truth, that stands up for what is right, that promotes simplicity and sharing over excessive consumerism, renewable energy over fossil fuels, walking and mass transit over needless driving in gas guzzling cars -- in sum, a society that will be sustainable far into the future, not one that is threatened in the not-so-distant future.
The stakes are high. The choice is stark. As Chris says, the time has come to take sides. So which one are you on?