Monday, October 15--
It's a chilly October day in Chicago. Friday, the sky looked like November, and the first traces of snow fell in LaSalle County. Saturday was bright and sunny for the Women's March downtown to get out the vote in November. The sky was glorious blue.
Last week, the United Nations issued a special climate report. It's over 1000 pages, but the New York Times has a summary. You can read it here. The report shows the world as we know it is at stake if we don’t act now. We as humans have maybe 12 years to avoid catastrophe.
Can we do it? Can we radically transform the way we live? We will have to be resourceful and resilient. We will have to re-think how we live--where we live, how we go from place to place, the coffee we drink, where our food and our clothes come from.
This means more than not eating meat or to stop using plastic bags. It is the whole world, connected--local, and global.
There are also powerful interests invested in the status quo. They would give tax breaks to oil companies, coal companies, relax pollution controls and deregulate pesticides. They know they don't have much time. Their motives are short-term profits, at the expense of the rest of us. Indeed, at the expense of the rest of the world.
There is no time for denial or debate. Even Donald Trump who called climate change a "Chinese hoax" is now admitting after Hurricane Michael hit the Florida panhandle that "something is changing."
Can we do it? Yes, we can, and we are not alone.
Note--The photo above is from the Chicago Tribune, the aftermath of the Ground Hog Day Blizzard of 2011. I decided to use it because it looks apocalyptic, but there is also a determined resilience.
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