Many of you will have already read Al Gore’s latest piece for the Rolling Stone, but I thought it was worth calling attention to the following passage. (For those who haven’t had the chance yet, the full article is available here: “Climate of Denial“)
Finally, and above all, don’t give up on the political system. Even though it is rigged by special interests, it is not so far gone that candidates and elected officials don’t have to pay attention to persistent, engaged and committed individuals. President Franklin Roosevelt once told civil rights leaders who were pressing him for change that he agreed with them about the need for greater equality for black Americans. Then, as the story goes, he added with a wry smile, “Now go out and make me do it.”
To make our elected leaders take action to solve the climate crisis, we must forcefully communicate the following message: “I care a lot about global warming; I am paying very careful attention to the way you vote and what you say about it; if you are on the wrong side, I am not only going to vote against you, I will work hard to defeat you — regardless of party. If you are on the right side, I will work hard to elect you.”
You have to take notice when a former vice president suggests an issue has become bigger than party. I’m with him. It’s time to get serious about protecting the planet. From a climate change perspective it wouldn’t matter which party won future elections. Wouldn’t that shake things up a bit?
Here’s another passage which speaks to the paradigm shift which has to take place. Scientific knowledge has progressed to the point where it has proven that the norm has changed.
But in this case, the President has reality on his side. The scientific consensus is far stronger today than at any time in the past. Here is the truth: The Earth is round; Saddam Hussein did not attack us on 9/11; Elvis is dead; Obama was born in the United States; and the climate crisis is real. It is time to act.
The whole climate change argument reminds of Mahatma Ghandi’s famous quote on social change.
“First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.”
We’re firmly rooted in stage three of that process. It’s time to go for the win.
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