We huddle together at the bus stops, in the wind and rain. For a moment we feel a common bond as warm-blooded creatures, fragile on this earth.
Headlines are full of the names of the dead--Paris, Beirut, Yemen, South Lawndale--around the world and across the street. Like weather, news is global and local.
Meanwhile, the strongest El Niño in over 20 years is affecting the weather. Another major storm has brought gale-force winds to the Northwest US and Canada--thousands are without power due to downed trees, weakened by the dry summer there. It's blizzard conditions in Colorado, and tornadoes have wreaked havoc across the Great Plains.
Here, there are flight delays and cancellations due to high winds. Gray sky and rain falling on the remaining leaves. It is austere and terribly beautiful. The first snow of the season is predicted for this weekend.
These things are all connected, as we are all connected. Some maintain the first modern disaster was the eruption of Krakatoa. When Krakatoa volcano erupted in 1883, the news reached London halfway across the world in five hours, thanks to the new wired reality of the telegraph.
Now, we are connected, almost instantaneously. The internet has made us more of one world.
On November 30, there will be climate talks in Paris--UN Climate Change Conference 2015 . World leaders, the power elites, are expected to attend. It would be a security challenge anyway, but now in the wake of the attacks in Paris, the climate of these talks has changed. As I write this, the official word is there will be no marches in the streets, no public demonstrations.
The meetings will go on, but there may be a public spirit missing. The Peoples Climate March in September 2014 was an international outpouring of hope and solidarity. You can read more about it here.
This is our world, our future. It is not news that the effects of global warming will impact poor and vulnerable people the most. There will be more refugees. There will be more extremists.
This is a crisis of humanity that goes beyond nations, ideologies and egos. It is going to affect us all.
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