Recently I was snorkeling in what I thought were calm waters only to find myself caught in a top current unable to swim back to shore no matter how hard I tried. It’s how I feel about our current events, the United States pulling out of the Paris Climate Agreement and our recent elections, sometimes the current is just so strong no matter what there are a series of events that will be forced into play. I’m not saying to not resist, it’s all the more important to resist, but smart resist—otherwise this current will take us out into the open sea. I was able to swim sideways in the top current—I had the choice to swim further into the bay or to the rocky shore. I chose the rocky shore, and was a bit beat up but made it. I chose what I could see, what was familiar.
We have this, because we know history, we know what humanity can do and is capable of, both the good and the bad. We know we don’t want climate chaos, we know we want a future for our children and we know it never was up to a “government” to give us this. The government can make policies favorable to a sustainable future, and they should be doing that, but if they won’t do it then we have to make choices that will push our society in the right direction. It’s up to us, everyone of us to make the choices that guide us to a sustainable future and to do it as if your life and our planet’s future depends on it. Because it does.
As I see it we are faced with the choice of collapse or reform, if we keep on our current path we won’t have a habitable planet. In this current we can swim sideways to collapse or sideways to reform. I would chose reform because we know this, we can control it. Collapse is a harsh and uncontrollable mess.
If you have the means get solar or wind.
If you have the means and need a new car get a hybrid or an electric (I leased the ev Kia Soul and love it.)
Use public transit or skype or zoom for video conferencing.
Buy only what you love and need.
Eat less meat, or better eat a whole foods plant based diet. Educate yourself as to the effect of animal agriculture on the climate and your health. Not to mention the immense suffering the animal goes through because of modern day farm practice. Be brave and kind.
Use native plants.
Don’t use pesticides or herbicides.
Phase plastics out of your life, (this is hard but so important as plastic pollution is a major problem and plastic is an endocrine disruptor.)
Do your best, but do something!
That’s really all I have to say about the United States pulling out of the Paris Climate Agreement.