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 . . .
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 . . .
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.
Sixteen-year-old Greta Thunberg’s school strike against climate change has spread to 71 countries, and this Friday’s action could be one of the largest global climate change protests ever. Now nominated for the Nobel peace prize, she tells The Guardian editor Jonathan Watts how it all began. Listen to Podcast.
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.
“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.
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.