So what are we going to do about Climate Change?
We’re going to tell the truth about it. Until people hear it. And then join us in doing something about it.
I’m hearing a lot more truth-telling. Calling out of deniers. Naming names.
Three recent links.
1) Bill McKibben and 350.org. This Salon interview about his Climate Change activism captures some of what I’m feeling.
But this [Climate Change] is a systemic problem. It’s going to be solved or not solved by a systemic solution. It’s past the point where we’re going to manage to do it one light bulb at a time.
Right. Climate Change is a systemic, global, planetary, issue. Not one or a million of our individual dollars or works will solve it.
2) The Guardian newspaper has been knocking it out of the park with dead-on Climate Change coverage. Last week, journalist Jo Cofino covered the Carbon Disclosure Project’s surprising move to call out the names of blue-chip non-reporters. See, CDP can only report on global emissions if the business world give them the information. And if they won’t, how can we know if they are really doing what they say they are doing?
There comes a time when naming and shaming is the only way to get some businesses to start taking their responsibilities seriously.
This is why CDP, the respected global NGO, has for the first time compiled and published a list of major companies around the world that are refusing to disclose details of their carbon emissions.
Shame on all of you and the other 90 of the 500 largest listed companies in the world that chose not to give CDP the data it requested.
3) There’s been some terrific individual-action climate change coverage on the Daily Kos site recently, including the outstanding Hummingbird blogathon series.
The “Hummingbirds” Blogathon held this past week was our humble attempt to accentuate the positive and explore what all of us can do as individuals. After all, successful collective efforts are so deemed because the whole ends being greater than the sum of its parts. The diaries posted this week were not only inspiring and uplifting, but based on several diary comments I read, opened many eyes.
Why did the blogathon’s writers, journalists, and activists choose a hummingbird?
On a visit to Japan, Wangari Maathai learned the story of the hummingbird and the forest fire. While the other animals run in fear or hang their heads in despair, the hummingbird flies above the fire time and again, releasing a few drops of water from its tiny beak.
“Why do you bother?” the other animals shout at the hummingbird. “I’m doing the best that I can,” the hummingbird replies.
That’s all, and everything, we each must do.