Millions of people came out today (Sunday) to march to tell the elected officials in WA DC, that we demand real change on the environment. Real progress to move the needle from imminent human ecological disaster to at least a plan to get us headed a right way. Maybe something minor, like Germany has done, actually moving themselves to well over 30% of their energy being generated by non fossil fuels. Can you imagine if we got that far? We are less than 3% now! Oh sorry, I didn’t include all the fracked energy that our elected officials pretend is “renewable”. Or the food products that we are turning into fuel for our cars. Get real!
But as we saw during Viet Nam, one march isn’t going to change the world. It took years of marches. Let me repeat. Years of marches.
But wait, it was an egomaniac point of view to think that we, here in the US, stopped the Viet Nam War. Nope. We significantly influenced our politicians, but the real people who stopped it, were the Viet Cong and North Viet Namese. The people who went out there and fought the battles on the ground. While we certainly aren’t advocating that kind of warfare, the issue here is that someone has to actually get out and do something more than march. Today’s analogy is to get the right folks elected, and the wrong folks voted out. That includes Democrats upholding the status quo, that pretend they are for environment regs when they only say that to get elected.
We have to educate and help the Chinese and Indians (in India) to figure out better ways to get modern than burn the remaining fossil fuels on the planet. That’s called *environmental education* and maybe paying for ads on Chinese TV is a start. But wait! They are leading the way in solar installations! Where is the US? Far down the pack. Who really needs the education? Them or us?
Here in the US, we have to stop pretending we are leaders in anything, other than great ideas. We are trailing across the board on climate change issues, but remember, we are what the rest of much of the world wants to emulate. If we can’t clean up our own house, we can’t expect them to follow suit. Unless, sorry to say, it’s us following them.
But I’m hopeful! Why? Because if there is anything we humans can brag about to the rest of the animal kingdom, it’s that we are supremely clever. When we want something, we will figure out a way to get it. So let’s just take 100 years and say we need to fix the planet, rather than go to another one. That we will stop fighting long enough to fix what is broken here. Now.
As the kids say, “If wishes were fishes.” We can’t wish ourselves out of this. We have to do the heavy lifting. And now that you have your walking shoes on for the march, it’s time to keep moving. You don’t need to get on a boat to head off the arctic whalers with Greenpeace. You have experience, or at least a lot of stamina if you are young and without a specific talent. You know your strengths. Play to them. You know the things to do in your community. You live there. Do what you are good at to do good. Change your own community first. Hell, write your own blog. Produce your own movie. Don’t wait for me or anyone else. But most of all, change the status quo.
If you are going to march, you can’t stop there. You have to do a long walk. You’ll need more than one pair of shoes to get to where we are going. You’ll need hip boots to wade through all the bs you will encounter in the way. You’ll need fast shoes to outrun the ones trying to stop you. It’s a long way to the end of that road. But the real fun in is in the travels. Now that we’ve seen that you can march, let’s see if you can travel. See you on the road.
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