The latest – as expected, Donald Trump pulled America out of the Paris Agreement. Right Well, that makes the US one of three countries that has not signed on. It also makes America a pariah. It’s time for every American child to sue the government that is taking away their future. I want to swear, blaspheme, rant and rage over the orange monster that Putin helped place in a position of power. But really, it has all been said. My heart goes out to the Americans I know who are good people and who are far more frustrated, angry and sick at heart than I am. They have to live in that country. I don’t.
However, countries are no longer as separate as they once were. This is a small planet. What America, the Earth’s second largest producer of greenhouse gasses does, deeply affects every person on this planet. We need to unite and change what is going on.
Turning to more hopeful news – a coming together of the BC NDP and the BC Greens is good news indeed. On this level we are going to see some climate action. It won’t be as drastic as I would like it to be but compared to what the BC Liberals have been doing, it is going to be a massive turning point for this beautiful province. I have hope.
Much as I want to ignore what is going on for much of the time because it’s too depressing to read every ghastly news item that comes along, I also know that as a citizen of Earth, I must stay informed and involved. Sometimes – most of the time – I don’t know what that looks like. Certainly, I wouldn’t dream of not voting. But when the opportunity comes to do more than that, I shall.
In the end, we can’t put the burden of responsibility on to others. We must each, in our own way, strive to make the Earth a better place for all creatures. We must strive to stop the terrible inequality that grips our politics – government by the wealthy for the wealthy. We must care about the children of Honduras and Libya as much as we care about our own – and we don’t even do that very well. We must care about the education and the health of our Native population just as much as we do that of the children of our major cities.
Today someone posted a grad picture of students at an exclusive Vancouver Island private school and truthfully, I almost flew into a rage. I want to see graduation pictures of students in Nunavut – not some privileged elite who have had everything handed to them since the day they were born.
I am tired – fed up with inequality across all sorts of lines. I want people of colour to have the same rights and privileges as white people. I want women and gay people and transgender people to all have the same freedoms and opportunities as white men.
I want creatures with four legs who can’t speak to have the right to live without being enslaved or murdered by greedy, stupid humans.
And meanwhile, all I can do is what I can effect in my small corner of the world – until a bigger opportunity comes along.