The high temperature on Wednesday, Dec. 5, was 67 degrees. No real precipitation for about a year. Major fires still burning in Colorado. Texas fires and drought for two full years. Country wide drought of the hundred-year variety — at least of the old variety. Extreme weather events the world over.
Global CO2 concentrations at levels not seen by man, ever. The science is in — scratch that — our communal experience is here. We are in trouble. It’s obvious! Hopefully we will get some benevolent reprieves. But we cannot count on it.
I’ve come to understand that I can live in hope only if I am doing everything I can to bring about the hoped-for result. To not be in action for one’s hopes is to be living in wishes.
Greed, ignorance, pride and denial all contribute to our weather inaction. Don’t point fingers. It is us. It is me. We have a long road to recovery. Personal action is an imperative. Pushing for and demanding community and societal action is our human responsibility. Be ready to sacrifice.
We can overcome this apocalypse. However, we must first acknowledge the situation. Then we must act. I implore those who deny there is a problem with the weather to rethink and look through the lens of your immediate experiences.
The fiscal cliff is a grain of sand compared to the wall of weather we face if we continue on our current path. Begin a new course today.