In the Middle of it

I read the news – catastrophic effects of climate change by 2040 – or maybe 2030 – if we don’t do something right now.

Well, we’re not – we’re building pipelines and starting more fossil fuel projects. And to the south of us the dictator-in-chief is firing up coal plants and dismantling environmental protections. So you can bet humanity will do nothing.

That hope has to be laid to rest.

Hey – its 20 or 30 years out – the election cycle if every 4 years and people want jobs and money – that’s all that counts.

No one seems to give a rat’s ass about air to breathe and food to eat. They do care about refugees and immigrants but only about keeping them out – not about the fact that we are creating them.

Here’s the thing: I listened to an interview with a scientist today on the drive home from Nakusp and he stated it so much better than our watered-down news reported it. We are in it. The mass extinction is well under way. Our floods, fires and storms will get worse every year and there is nothing that we can do about it. We reached the tipping point years ago.

All we can do now is perhaps lessen the impact a tiny bit – but only if we mobilize the way we did for World War 2 – only if we put every effort and every resource behind it.

We are not going to do that.

And it’s no comfort to shrug and say, “Well, I’ll be dead by then so it doesn’t matter to me.”

No – you will not be. You are already in it and next year and the year after and the year after that it will be worse.

And if you really are dead by then? Shame on you for being such a big shit that you don’t give a damn for anyone but yourself. (the biggest shits, it seems, are the people we elected into power). The even more humongous shits are the people who voted for men like Doug Ford and the orange terror south of us.

Shame on you – all of you. It’s called societal homicide – look it up.

Despair is completely understandable. Hopelessness and depression – yes. I get it. I understand. Without a conscious effort and grounding, it would be easy to give up all hope.

And we can’t. If there is to be even the tiniest glimmer of hope, it’s with people who care.

I hope we keep caring.

About goodyniosi

Writer, avid(!!!) hiker - living life to the fullest. Love, life, bliss - getting high on getting high (in the alpine that is)
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