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Monday, May 12, 2008

Meanwhile...

this has got to be the worst May ever for extreme weather.

In the past ten days, a devastating cyclone hit Myanmar (Burma); tornadoes and floods raged across the United States; and a devastating earthquake hit China.

I can't help thinking how lucky I am to be living the life I do. I have a job and so does my husband; I have electricity, food and water; and usually, I don't have to be afraid of the weather.

Still, my relatively blessed state - and that of millions of Americans - will soon evaporate if we don't do something about the environment, and fast. Should a large enough ice shelf melt and collapse, New York and many other coastal cities could be drowned under water. Should the temperature of the earth rise just a few degrees, heat and thirst could kill millions. And if we continue with our short-sighted ethanol production, a massive food shortage could show us all the true meaning of hunger.

This year, all of us activists are very passionate about who is elected President. I agree that it is of paramount importance that the right person leads our country away from the path of reckless consumption and down the path of conservation, sanity and responsibility. But we must never forget that the true issues we are dealing with are not just American, but global.

We can solve it.

We are all citizens of the world now. It's time to start acting like it.

3 comments:

Woody (Tokin' Lib'rul/Rogue Scholar & O'erall Helluvafella!) said...

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Timmy B said...

Not just hunger, but water too. Global warming is making for a very dangerous world. It's shameful that some people are hungry and thirsty, just so others can run their cars.

Woody (Tokin' Lib'rul/Rogue Scholar & O'erall Helluvafella!) said...

"just so others can run their cars."

Hey, why do you hate freedom? doncha watch the teebee? It's not just your car, it's your freedom...remember? jeez...blame murka first, whyoncha?