An Opportunity to Rise
I already have my tickets for an Inconvenient Truth,
which won't arrive in my town for another couple of weeks,
in my wallet. (Oz note: its here early and now)
In the meantime, Rupert Murdock and his gang of thieves
are in the process of Swift Boating Al Gore.
At some point, it seems to me that this continued reckless endangerment,
might also become a Securities violation.
Just as Ken Lay misrepresented the financial state of Enron,
Lee Raymond has misrepresented the financial future of Exxon
by funding industry friendly science while denying the overwhelming
scientific consensus that will impact his revenues.
When will we rise up?
Here is the last part of the introduction of the Inconvenient Truth.
"Last year, the national academies of science in the eleven most influential nations came together to jointly call on every nation to "acknowledge that the threat of climate change is clear and increasing" and declare that the "scientific understanding of climate changes is now sufficiently clear to justify nations taking prompt action."
Today, we are hearing and seeing dire warnings of the worst potential catastrophe in the history of human civilization: a global climate crisis that is deepening and rapidly becoming more dangerous than anything we have ever faced.
And yet these clear warnings are also being met with a "blinding lack of situational awareness" -- in this case, by the Congress, as well as the president.
As Martin Luther King Jr. said in a speech not long before his assassination: "We are now faced with the fact, my friends, that tomorrow is today. We are confronted with the fierce urgency of now. In this unfolding conundrum of life and history, there is such a thing as being too late.
"Procrastination is still the thief of time. Life often leaves us standing bare, naked, and dejected with a lost opportunity. The tide in the affairs of men does not remain at flood -- it ebbs. We may cry out desperately for time to pause in her passage, but time is adamant to every plea and rushes on.
Over the bleached bones and jumbled residues of numerous civilizations are written the pathetic words, 'Too late.' There is an invisible book of life that faithfully records our vigilance in our neglect.
Omar Khayyam is right: 'The moving finger writes, and having writ moves on.'"
But along with the danger we face from global warming, this crisis also brings unprecedented opportunities.
What are the opportunities such a crisis also offers? They include not just new jobs and new profits, though there will be plenty of both, we can build clean engines, we can harness the Sun and the wind; we can stop wasting energy; we can use our planet's plentiful coal resources without heating the planet.
The procrastinators and deniers would have us believe this will be expensive. But in recent years, dozens of companies have cut emissions of heat-trapping gases while saving money. Some of the world's largest companies are moving aggressively to capture the enormous economic opportunities offered by a clean energy future.
But there's something even more precious to be gained if we do the right thing.
The climate crisis also offers us the chance to experience what very few generations in history have had the privilege of knowing: a generational mission; the exhilaration of a compelling moral purpose; a shared and unifying cause; the thrill of being forced by circumstances to put aside the pettiness and conflict that so often stifle the restless human need for transcendence; the opportunity to rise.
When we do rise, it will fill our spirits and bind us together. Those who are now suffocating in cynicism and despair will be able to breathe freely. Those who are now suffering from a loss of meaning in their lives will find hope.
When we rise, we will experience an epiphany as we discover that this crisis is not really about politics at all.
It is a moral and spiritual challenge."
An Opportunity to Rise.
What it is About
Earthfamilyalpha Content II
Reprinted from An Inconvenient Truth: The Planetary Emergency of Global Warming and What We Can Do About It.
"Wheatfield with Rising Sun" Van Gogh