Skip to content

People’s Climate March: It’s not over

September 22, 2014

Yesterday’s climate march was the biggest protest so far about the need to take action about climate change: 400,000 people participated in the People’s Climate March in New York City alone. Photo thanks to Mother Jones Magazine; read more from Mother Jones here.

But just because the march is over doesn’t mean we can stop protesting. Until we slow down the amount of carbon we are consuming we need to put pressure on to put on the brakes. With numbers like these mobilized, we have a better chance than ever, because

10639736_10152453227547144_5153064983335417337_nPeople’s Climate Marches happened in other cities, too, including mine, Ventura CA (see photos below).

 

 

 

Hard to say how many people were involved around the world but I’d say easily a million people stood up for

something they believed in: that anthropogenic climate change is a reality and needs to be addressed immediately.

Unfortunately in the US, while we may be in the majority, 25% of our friends and neighbors are skeptical about climate change. In fact, they feel that the problem of climate change and global warming has been exaggerated–that’s it’s not that big of a deal really.

Really?

When 97% of the Earth’s scientists say that CLIMATE CHANGE IS A BIG DEAL  how can 1 in 4 of Americans know so much more? Why are we still debating whether there is climate change instead of what to do about it?

Well for one, you can watch this video to see how PR has manipulated us.

What John Oliver points out in the top video that has gone viral with nearly 4.5 million views is the role of TV pundits and their penchant to “debate” global warming by pitting one scientist against another–one who denies climate change against someone who validates it.

Making it seem like it is one against one.
Instead of 97 against 3.

As a college teacher, I see how the textbooks on writing train students to “look at both sides” of an issue. In this case, is it really necessary when there is so much work to be done to solve the issue? Why do we keep wasting out time trying to convince people?

Yesterday, I moderated a discussion about the documentary film Disruption.

At the event, I encouraged the audience to get to know each other, to form a community, to find out what we know and what we want to know and to work together to name the problem in such a way that we are not overwhelmed by it or feel that it is “one more thing” we have to do but how working together we can make a change and while one person can’t solve all of the issues, we can each take on parts of it with our neighbors, our families and our friends to accomplish our goals–to save the planet from the runaway impact of our consumerist, fossil fuel demanding, wasteful lifestyle.

There is no silver bullet, there is no one thing you can do. It is a million small acts and a few HUGE ones. Do what you can. Don’t give up. Do something.

 

 

 

Advertisements
One Comment leave one →
  1. October 13, 2014 1:23 pm

    Love John Oliver, he is hilarious yet informative!
    letmecleanmymess.wordpress.com

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

foodwineclick

When food and wine click!

The Flavor of Grace

Helene Kremer's The Flavor of Grace

Hot Grieving MILF

I Believe in Magic

The Swirling Dervish

Wine Stories, Food Pairings, and Life Adventures

ENOFYLZ Wine Blog

Living La Vida Vino!

Dracaena Wines

Our Wines + Your Moments = Great Memories

L'OCCASION

a reason for wine

OkieWineGirl

A Wine Drinker Rambling about Wine

Outlaw Soaps: Exciting soaps for adventurous people.

Exciting soaps for adventurous people

Drifting Through

Welcome to the inner workings of my mind

Quartz

Quartz is a digitally native news outlet for the new global economy.

Sonya Huber

books, essays, etc.

THE GRAPE BELT

Drinking, Thinking, Cooking, Eating, Reading, Writing, Traveling, Talking ~ The Essentials of the Wine Life ~

The Weekly Sift

making sense of the news one week at a time

poor mexican gone

Yesterday's stories shed light on the way forward

ROCKIN RED BLOG

A Song in Every Glass

Cindy Ross

Author | Speaker

trailtraveler

Get your copy of Mile 445 today at Amazon.com!

www.KamalaThompson.com

"Where Business Meets Humanity"

Laura Grace Weldon

Free Range Learning, Creative Living, Gentle Encouragement, Big Questions, Poetry, Occasional Drollery

From Insults To Respect

A Guide To Anger And Conflict Resolution

WES CHYRCHEL

Business Coach · Early Stage Advisor

Burners.Me: Me, Burners and The Man

Where our opinions, Burner culture, and Burning Man come together

Traveling Wine Chick

Purveyor and Curator of Travel and Wine Experiences

L'esprit de Vin

A wine blog with food for thought...

The Wine Wankers

G’day, you’re at the best wine blog ever! We're all about wine; without the wankery.

Wine Verbiage

verbiage about wine & life

Small Epiphanies

A BLOG BY G.P. WAYNE

Paul reflects therapeutically

Thoughts about writing about thinking

Myth Girl

"Follow Your Bliss."

the drunken cyclist

I have three passions: wine, cycling, travel, family, and math.

Winehiker Witiculture

Hike. Wine. Repeat! An exploration of life's vinoambulocentricities.

Gabe Feathers McGee

poetry, stories, puffnstuff

New Earth Heartbeat

Breathing with the Heart of the Earth

DEAR HUMAN

These letters are written to remind you just how much you matter, just how important you are, and just how beautiful the gift of life as a human is.

SAHMmelier

Stay at home mom, lover of wine

Talk-A-Vino

Wine, food and life

The Mind's Eye Photo Workshops

Don't just take photos - Make them.

Whole Hog Marvels

Thus, bit by bit, the world is swallow'd

%d bloggers like this: