Tuesday, March 28, 2006

It's Time Now

Not two weeks ago, I posted these words in Break Out,

"When I return, I hope to begin with some new direction on earthfamilyalpha. For anyone paying the least bit of attention, there is no need to communicate the pressing issue of Climate Change,

The truth of it has outed."

Now, Time has outed the truth of it too in their April 3 edition.

And clearly this is no joke, even if we are fools.

Earth Is at The Tipping Point
The climate is crashing and global warming is to blame. Why the crisis hit so soon -- and what we can do about it.
Time Online
By Jeffery Kluger

No one can say exactly what it looks like when a planet takes ill, but it probably looks a lot like Earth. Never mind what you've heard about global warming as a slow-motion emergency that would take decades to play out. Suddenly and unexpectedly, the crisis is upon us.

It certainly looked that way last week as the atmospheric bomb that was Cyclone Larry -- a Category 5 storm with wind bursts that reached 180 m.p.h. -- exploded through northeastern Australia. It certainly looked that way last year as curtains of fire and dust turned the skies of Indonesia orange, thanks to drought-fueled blazes sweeping the island nation.

It certainly looks that way as sections of ice the size of small states calve from the disintegrating Arctic and Antarctic. And it certainly looks that way as the sodden wreckage of New Orleans continues to molder, while the waters of the Atlantic gather themselves for a new hurricane season just two months away.

Disasters have always been with us and surely always will be.

But when they hit this hard and come this fast -- when the emergency becomes commonplace -- something has gone grievously wrong.

That something is global warming."

If you read earthfamilyalpha, none of this is news to you.

And if you read earthfamilyalpha, the coming reality of Peak Oil,

will not be news to you.

But as some readers have pointed out,

If you read earthfamilyalpha, there is no easy solution given,

no single, one stop shopping mall where you can get your solutions

on sale

in a handy gift wrapped package that you can get your hands around.

Yesterday, I showed a bike enthusiast who rides to work everyday,

that there are hundreds of thousands of people, just like him,

who do the same thing in Amsterdam.

Amsterdam may or may not be the future.

But it is clearly "a now" that provides a strong and workable example.

There are electric trams every 2 minutes on their streets.

There are pedestrian highways and roads throughout.

There are even transportation "stops" on the canals.

There is a metro deep down below.

And make no mistake city planners,

Bike lanes are not 3 feet wide afterthoughts

on the sides of car infrastructure.

Bike lanes are serious 8 ft. mini-highways with a specifically designed

surface for bike tires.

Any city, state, or nation serious about climate change and peak oil

needs to send all of their planners to Amsterdam.

And while they are at it,

They should send their law enforcement officers and their legislators.

So they can see what a free society looks like.

I watched as church goers in the hundreds safely walked after midnight

through narrow streets lined with bars and coffee/smart shops.

I watched as young mothers safely rode their bikes in traffic

with their children, cell phones, and their groceries,

while powerful businessmen moved from house to office and back

on a broad matrix of public convenience,

in temperatures that approached 0 C.

On the outskirts of town,

Giant wind turbines were gracefully towering over the oil and industry

complex that lay below them.

In the hotel, the lights only went on after you inserted your card key

into the little slot.

If there was no person there, there was no light there.

It's time now.

It's time to build new inventions of social contract,

to use the tools we have

to change the world we have known.

It's time now.

While we still have it.


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Anonymous Anonymous said...

very nice, glad you are back. I like the positive stuff. MS

8:52 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I went to the TIME website and watched their little video in order to be able to read the entire article about global warming. The video was an ad for framed reproductions of past covers of TIME. As suggested I looked up the cover issued the week of my birth, Feb 5, 1951. It says, "Iran and Oil, Background for war, map and photos in color."

Wish I could have looked inside...

Rosalie O'Leary
Neosho, Missouri

1:12 PM  
Blogger oZ said...

Rosalie, here is a site with the story. I'll also hot link it in the post. http://reference.aol.com/globalwarming/timemagazine?id=20060327120109990001

2:16 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dearest Oz, The time is now. Thank you for your eloquent and compelling words, your tireless service and great heart. And thank you for offering actions and solutions in the same breath. This is the message that I believe needs to be disseminated. A clear eyed call to action. Our only natural right is to choice, no matter how unattainable the right may seem. Thank you

5:13 PM  
Blogger oZ said...

another rosalie note...after re reading your comment, I got it. very ironic and very apropos. thanks for the comment

7:23 AM  

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