Young Republicans are breaking with Trump on climate change

In the Guardian today: “Now, younger Republicans are breaking with Trump in an attempt to haul their party towards scientific reality.”

“There’s disagreement there with Donald Trump,” said Tex Fischer, a 22-year-old conservative Ohioan with a head of unruly hair. “I don’t personally know anyone involved in young, right-of-center politics that doesn’t believe climate change is an issue. Read more . . .

Why you’ll never meet a white supremacist who cares about climate change

Rebecca Solnit: “As the news of the Christchurch mosque massacre broke and I scoured the news, I came across a map showing that the Friday morning climate strike in Christchurch was close to the bloodbath.

Climate action has been and must be nonviolent. It is a movement to protect life.

I felt terrible for the young people who showed up with hope and idealism, wondered whether the killer or killers chose this particular day to undermine the impact of this global climate action. It was a shocking pairing and also a perfectly coherent one, a clash of opposing ideologies. Behind the urgency of climate action is the understanding that everything is connected; behind white supremacy is an ideology of separation.” Read more . . .

Greta Thunberg’s most powerful TED talk

The following TED talk is Greta’s most powerful and moving speech. In fact, it is the most powerful TED talk I have ever experienced. She understands that many TED talks are little more than intelligent and highly finessed pep talks, and she will have none of it. Watch her expressions, her facial expressions and her body language. Is there any word or bodily expression that is not sincere and deeply felt. There is simply nothing superficial about her. Everything is direct and up front. She seems utterly free of the cultural and ego baggage that concern most of us most of the time. Listen, watch, and weep – and then ACT!

Thanks to Lynette McCain for pointing me to this talk.

On March 15, the Climate Kids Are Coming

I predict that our children will be the most powerful political force for climate action over the next few years. We would be foolish to underestimate them, for we do not yet know the power they may exert. I believe they will be a force to be reckoned with. Needless to say, there are any number of adults, individuals, groups and organizations, that will try to take advantage of them.

An article published in The Nation today, says:

“Beware the Ides of March, all you climate wreckers out there. The Climate Kids are coming, in massive and growing numbers, and they are not in the mood to negotiate. They know that you—whether you’re a fossil-fuel executive, a politician who takes fossil-fuel money, or a Fox News hack who recycles fossil-fuel lies—have put their future in grave danger, and they are rising up to take it back.

On March 15, tens of thousands of high-school and middle-school students in more than 30 countries plan to skip school to demand that politicians treat the global climate crisis as the emergency it is. Shakespeare made the Ides of March famous with his soothsayer’s warning in Julius Caesar, but . . . Read more . . .

Thanks to Nick Garland for pointing me to this article.