“Our house is on fire. I am here to say, our house is on fire. ... I want you to act as you would in a crisis. I want you to act as if our house is on fire. Because it is.” — Greta Thunberg
First, take it seriously. We've already put way too much carbon into the atmosphere. Like going into debt, the pain comes later. But unlike debt, it's very hard to ever take the carbon out of the air again. The more we fly and drive and buy stuff, the more we create a very dark future for ourselves. Millions if not billions of lives are at stake, much worse than either World War.
So why isn't everybody running out to fight it?
Most people either don't understand how urgent it is — or if they do, they've been frozen by fear. Don't believe there's nothing we can do. We've never before been at this point in history — “it ain't over till it's over”. There's a lot we can do. How can you find that sweet spot between denial and despair?
Take the time to "connect the dots" with your own daily routines. Realize that if you sit back and wait for others to “take care of it”, it's quite possibly going to kill your children. Seriously. If you've been paying attention — not distracted by our head-in-the-sand counterparts — you probably already realize that. What's more important: climate action, or washing your car?
What can you do?
Personal, and political.
By personal, we mean rethinking your personal priorities to create a more people- and planet-friendly lifestyle. First, stop flying gratuitously, it's murderous. Even the Washington Post says so. Reduce your driving as much as possible. Either indiscriminate driving becomes a thing of the past ...or you will. Relocalize.
Your shopping and financial choices are also important. Do you buy factory farmed food any more than necessary? Do you work for a car or oil company — when if you really put your mind to it, you could break away and do something much better with your life?
By political, we mean anything from supporting environmental groups, to forming a local group, volunteering, and supporting positive, genuine political change.
Don't let it feel overwhelming — it's positive and life-affirming. Waking up isn't always easy... but it's better than staying in bed forever. Think about it. Redoing your bathroom isn't going to save your life or your children. But dedicating yourself to the fight against climate change... could do just that. You don't have to “do it all”. Nobody can. But if you care about your loved ones... it's time to act.
Take your pick — but get started now!
“Today we use 100 million barrels of oil every single day...There are no rules to keep that oil in the ground... the rules have to be changed.” — Greta Thunberg
What's this all about? Don't believe the science?
If you're still in denial, or don't see why 1.5C is such a big deal, please take a few hours to educate yourself — from credible, non-complicit sources.
“Global warming, and its fix — decarbonization — touches almost every corner of what we do, and the risks to the economy are enormous, starting now. At stake are our profits, our businesses, our very quality of life.” — Heather Scoffield
“The question is not 'can you make a difference?' You already do make a difference. It's just a matter of what kind of difference you want to make, during your life on this planet.” — Julia Butterfly Hill
“What at first can feel like sacrifice... can end up being the best thing you've done with your life. What will you do with your life, at this crucial time in history?” — Wilfred Bricker
“The future will be what you contribute to and create.” — Greg
Greta Thunberg — TED Talk:
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Current status: Open/apply now. Date posted: Apr 22 2019 ID: 53019