Overwhelmed by how you feel about the climate crisis? Well, to paraphrase the Talmud: "It is not on you to complete the task of repairing the world, neither are you free to desist from it."
Mark Bohrer is the current Poet Laureate of North Andover, Mass.
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Friday, January 11, 2013
James Cameron's statement on climate change
James Cameron spoke at the American Geophysical Union meeting last month in San Francisco. Here's some of what he had to say. There's more at the link below, but how's this for a sobering statement:
going to be like when the number of wildland fires doubles or triples
over the next half century? What’s it going to be like when we have
these droughts? What’s it going to be like when the 100-year event
becomes the every-year event, which is what we’re right on track for.
"The scientists have been consistently wrong about climate change in the
following way: They’ve always been too conservative. The things that
are really happening are happening faster than the predictions, than
even some of the most pessimistic predictions. Scientists are human.
They’re going to have a denial mechanism. They’re, in a way, almost
hesitant to say how bad it could be because they don’t want to be
considered alarmists. But it’s consistently coming out worse than even
their dire case predictions. So when you’ve got the rightwing
demagogues saying that the scientists are wrong? Yeah, they’re wrong.
They’re wrong the other way. It’s much worse than they’re saying."
this is me now, not James Cameron: Can you believe that there are STILL
people who say that climate change is not happening (have they stepped outside lately?), or it's not us, or
even worse - that it's it's too big and hard to do anything about? It's
time to move past these people, and make some big bold changes. Let's
make policies and elect officials and choose energy providers and everything else we need to do individually and as a nation to go from
fossil fuels to all renewables. That's it. That's what we need to do.
We will need a full-on combination of government, industry and the free
market to make this change work. The alternative is much much worse, so
let's enjoy life, and let's get to work!