There’s something in the air again. I am having that restless feeling that makes my eyebrows pinch and gives me that fuzzy feeling in my head, the same feeling I got when I sat beside the plate of donuts in the Community room at FCS and listened to the scientists from Gulf of Maine Research Institute talk about sea level rise as if it was as ordinary as, say, a king tide on a full moon night in June.
Our Constitution was defective from the start: it allowed for decisions like Dred Scott. Likewise our Ten Commandments were defective, they lacked anything barring selfish behavior, or commanding reverence for non human life. We need to change everything from the bottom up, but I'm afraid time is in very short supply.
a sideways response to your important question:
perhaps the biggest problem is the lack of a personal "to do" list for us individually...we have built a home with solar panels and heat pumps, and we consciously try to recycle and consume less, but really, what else can we do either individually or collectively...concrete steps we all can take will increase buy-in...thanks for sharing your thought with us...best, chuck glassmire, Brunswick.
Here's more on the science behind climate catastrophe for those curious about why many of us support evolving away from fossil fuels but in a more constructive way that doesn't send even more American jobs to Asia due to high energy costs here. https://normanjansen.substack.com/p/climate-catastrophe
I have to say how much I learn from and enjoy reading your publication! You make so many important observations, raise some very interesting and provocative questions that always result in my reflecting on my own choices and activities. I devote many hours a week, doing a variety of activities related to climate change and the overall deterioration of the life forms on our planet. My main focus is on working with youth and teachers in my own community and state, This is a choice and I've been devoting more time and energy to it the last 10+ years. During this time, I have been able to meet and interact with (virtually and in-person) with so many committees and exceptional people of all ages. It enables me to make amends for the environmentally irresponsible choices I have made in my life-and gives me the opportunity to do what I can for the children of today and the future. My heart breaks as I see the beach eroding and learn about all the new development planned throughout my community and the world at large. It does help to listen to and learn from others-especially children- who help me to be able after some time and reflection find my courage and motivation to continue down this path.
All the best and thank-you
Mary Ann Cernak
Definitely a Sisyphean task before us, but we must not “become weary in well doing.” (Gal. 6:9) Keep calling us to accountability, Kathleen!