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CLIMATE CHANGE, IF WE CONTINUE TO IGNORE IT, WILL LEAD TO OUR EXTINCTION.

Did anybody miss that? Let me say it again.

CLIMATE CHANGE, IF WE CONTINUE TO IGNORE IT, WILL LEAD TO OUR EXTINCTION.

There is no greater threat to humanity. Not ISIS. Not illegal immigrants. Not even delusional, despotic Presidents.

None of them are a match for Mother Nature.

If you’re still a Denier, well, pardon me but, pull your head out. This is real, it is urgent, and denying it won’t keep it away.

It’s not a Democratic issue, a Republican issue, or even an American issue. It is a human issue, and it demands all our attention.

If we fail to give it, we’re done for. Period.

 

Are you all with me? Good, listen up:

Last week, a resolution was introduced to Congress declaring a Climate Change Emergency. The resolution, H.Con.Res.52, sponsored by Senator Bernie Sanders, and Representatives Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Earl Blumenauer, and co-sponsored by several other Representatives reads, in part,

Expressing the sense of Congress that there is a climate emergency which demands a massive-scale mobilization to halt, reverse, and address its consequences and causes.

The resolution lays out several reasons for this urgency. Here’s just a few of them:

“…in 2018, the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change projected that the Earth could warm 1.5 degrees Celsius above preindustrial levels as early as 2030;

“…the climatic changes resulting from global warming above 1.5 degrees Celsius above preindustrial levels, including changes resulting from global warming of more than 2 degrees Celsius above preindustrial levels, are projected to result in irreversible, catastrophic changes to public health, livelihoods, quality of life, food security, water supplies, human security, and economic growth;

“…in 2019, the United Nations Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on
Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services found that human-induced climate change is pushing the planet toward the sixth mass species extinction and thus threatening the food security, water supply, and the wellbeing of billions of people;

 
“…even with global warming up to 1.5 degrees Celsius above preindustrial levels, the planet is projected to experience—
(1) a significant rise in sea levels;
(2) extraordinary loss of biodiversity; and
(3) intensifying droughts, prodigious floods, devastating wildfires, and other extreme weather events;

 
“…in the United States, massive, comprehensive, and urgent governmental action is required immediately to achieve the transitions of those systems in response to the severe existing and projected economic, social, public health, and national security threats posed by the climate crisis;

 
“…the massive scope and scale of action necessary to stabilize the climate will require unprecedented levels of public awareness, engagement, and deliberation to develop and implement effective, just, and equitable policies to address the climate crisis…”

There’s plenty more. Google climate emergency resolution to read the rest.

You get the picture? We’re in deep you-know-what. And it’s gonna take a large-scale course correction to avoid a total catastrophe that wipes us clean off the face of the earth.

It’s that serious, friends. It needs our attention right now.

So, what can I do?, you ask. Glad you asked.

One thing you can do is educate yourself on the issue. I know, it’s boring as hell to read about, but we need to have a good idea of what we’re up against. https://www.acciona.com/climate-change/ is an excellent website where you can learn about the causes and consequences of climate change, as well as ways to cope with and adapt to it.

Recycle more, use less energy, plant a tree or two, talk to your friends about it, get everyone’s mind on climate change. Because it’s gonna take all of us.

Support this resolution. Tell your folks in Congress to support it. No matter what The Man in the Orange Head thinks, climate change is the real thing, and nothing less than our survival as a species depends on how we deal with it.

Oh, and don’t do it for me. Do it for the children. They’re going to need someplace to live.