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On Climate Change and our Amazing Lack of Imagination

Jane I’ve been having trouble sleeping lately thinking about climate change.  My friend Gloria has talked to me about it for years, but, up to now , I’ve been able to push her message down into the deep recesses of my consciousness.  What has moved it up lately to the top of my list of “Worries about the World We are Passing on to Our Children” is 1) all the horrible natural disasters that have been happening and 2) President Obama’s commissioned study.  But here’s the interesting thing:  no matter how many bleak facts and predictions I hear, I am not out in the streets protesting or on the phone calling my representatives.  There is still a little part of my brain that says, “That information is too horrible even to imagine.”  And, since I can’t take it in, I don’t take action.  I just lie awake at night, worrying.

End Climate Silence

Here’s what worries me most:  I know I am not the only one out there choosing this course.

I’m starting to think that we humans have an amazing ability to “live for today,” despite all the advertising campaigns that seem to believe otherwise.  In fact, living in the present moment and not envisioning long-term future consequences of our actions may be what we do best.  I’m beginning to wonder if we are even capable, as a species, of living in anything but the present.  Maybe this trait got embedded in our DNA from the earliest homo sapiens who had no choice but to live in the present because they had such short tenures on earth,  what with all those predators lurking around every corner!  Maybe evolutionary biology equipped them with the ability to keep telling themselves that everything will be okay because if, for instance, they actually stopped to imagine their chances of surviving an encounter with a saber-toothed tiger, they would fall into despair and choose not to reproduce.  Maybe survival of the fittest actually means survival of the most oblivious.

I have to admit, I go back and forth on whether this is a good or bad human characteristic. There are times when obliviousness is the only sane choice.  But I know that chosen obliviousness  in relation to climate change will lead to disaster, and this time the stakes are not individual lives but the lives of everyone living on this planet.

Stupid

Think about this:  in the earliest days of Nazi Germany, there were a lot of people, many of them even in positions of power, who could see the writing on the wall about Hitler but who still could not imagine that the boot on the stair would ever really come for their country, so, as a result, they couldn’t take action early enough to stop it.  Or, closer to home, there were even, apparently, a few people at places like the FBI or the CIA who saw 9/11 coming but couldn’t themselves imagine, on a gut level,  the real possibility of it happening fast enough to motivate others to take action.

(I wonder if the heart of our obliviousness is a lack of imagination or a belief in a higher power who can work miracles.  I sometimes think the former, but when I see all the mess we get into as a result of strong, individual religious beliefs, I lean toward the latter.)

All I know is this:  if we cannot imagine the real possibility of climate change quickly enough to realize that it is truly up to us, and not our grandchildren or great grandchildren, to take action, it doesn’t bode well for our planet.

Yes We Can

We still have a chance,  so we have a choice.  Are we going to keep sitting happily and mindlessly on “this pretty planet, ” (to quote one of my favorite children’s songs), using it up until there is nothing left of it and the ground falls away beneath us?   Are we going to keep living in our so-called safe houses,  hearing the boot on the stair, and thinking it is never coming for us?  Or are we going to open our collective eyes, see the reality that is right in front of our noses ,and have the courage and the will and the energy it will take to turn things around?

I worry that, in this case, since we are all only human,  it’s not hard to imagine what choice we will make.

Oops50 Humor: My answer to this unbearable heat!

Sadhvi

I know this one has been around for a while, but, I love to watch this ad for Evian. And since it is so damned hot where I live, I can’t help but think this is going to be how I dress when I have to go out. I think diapers with a little t-shirt might be the only way I can survive this heat wave if it continues!

SadhviSez “It’s “Blog Action Day” October 15th 2009!

 

Sadhvi

Today is the annual Blog Action Day www.blogactionday.org held every October 15th uniting the world’s bloggers and their posts on the same issue,  the same day, with the aim of sparking discussion of global importance.  Blog Action Day 2009 will be one of the largest-ever social change events on the web.  This year, it’s all about Climate Change.  And this is what I have to say about it:

Yes the climate is changing.  But really, so is everyone and everything including me.  Every second really.  I think the climate was always changing…and the whole planet, since the beginning of time, for that matter.  But these days there seems to be not only a question, but a movement regarding how to stop it.  The changes happening are pretty apparent to me, and I do believe that by 2012 things will be even more so.  There are lots of opinions and of course very strong feelings on both sides.  I have family members who don’t think there is any climate change happening.  I have other friends who are stock piling again (remember Y2K?) so that when the end comes, they will have food.  I don’t want to get into who is right and who is not, because there is no right or wrong.  You have some things that, if easy, might be something that you want to have some fun with.  After all, life is for learning and as a human being who has a certain awareness level that is more than a slug, these 3 things might be something to try, and will actually help to emit less carbon omissions in the process!

1.  GROW SOME OF YOUR OWN FOOD!!!  If you have some dirt, or some space for  pots on your balcony, you should try gardening. It’s actually more addicting and satisfying than FaceBook.

 2.  EAT 3 MEALS AND DO NOT EAT AT ANY FAST FOOD PLACES!!! Ok, you have to work 2 jobs, you’re having a hard time making ends meet, and you think you have to eat fast food because you have no time to cook. Wrong! Fast Food is not good food for your body, it is expensive, and it will not be satisfying. So eat a breakfast, pack a lunch, and sit down and eat some dinner, hopefully cooked by someone who loves you.

 3.) And the last is easy, if you are lucky enough to be in a town that has access to local organic farms and food like I do: BUY LOCAL and become a LOCOVORE!!!

Annice’s Angle

Annice
Annice

In honor of Blog Action Day 2009, www.blogactionday.org  I’m writing in solidarity with this on-line event that unites bloggers worldwide around one topic.  This year’s topic is Climate Change.  Why?  Because it not only threatens our environment now, it threatens our environment for generations to come.

I’m not an expert on climate change, nor is my life free of environmental sins.  I’m still evolving.  Being aware is always the first step.  Several weeks ago, I attended the Southeast Women’s Herbal Conference www.sewisewoman.com where over 500 women came together in the exquisite mountains of Western North Carolina to practice and preserve the Wise Woman Tradition through simple living, earth-based healing, and local plants.  I want to take this space to salute the woman who founded the conference, Corinna Wood, herbalist, teacher, and friend.  The SEWHC is a place where women can celebrate an entire week-end honoring Mother Earth, and there’s always 2010.

corinna-and-annice

 There were many take aways from the conference, and I’d like to share one that is healing and easy.  Susun Weed, the herbal guru for women, was the keynote speaker, and she impressed on us menopausal and post menopausal women the importance of drinking herbal infusions.  I’d like to share two infusions that I am preparing routinely.  So, throw away those teabags and start drinking fresh herbal teas.  My favroite two are:

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Betty’s Beat: Climate Change Moves Millions

Betty
Betty

In Honor of Blog Action Day 2009  

www.blogactionday.org

Although my own prospects for evaluating events in 2050 are slim, I am already witnessing the suffering the United Nations and the World Bank are warning will affect more than 250 million people who will be displaced by the year 2050.  Climate change is not the only factor but certainly a major one in the displacement of 4.9 million people in Sudan and in Bangladesh and the Mekong Delta of Southeast Asia, more than 5 million people are living with the constant threat of life-altering floods.  In the United States, coastal land is disappearing at a rate faster than predicted only a few years ago; an entire Indian tribe is planning to abandon its shrinking ancestral Louisiana island for higher ground inland.

This displacement of people is one of many foreboding events forecast for the coming decades due to climate change.  It is thus more imperative than ever that we create good government to ensure a civil society.  We do not have the space – nor the time – to revert to the “wild west” strategy of “every man for himself.”  We really are in this together.  Lots of hard choices need to be made now.  Become a leader and support leaders who face climate change and its consequences with resolve.