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Crying and Frightened Mother Earth

Published September 30, 2022 by Nan Mykel

 

 

Along with political lies and stone-deafness to her tears. our Mother Earth has become frantic.  We speak of the oceans being our mother, but they’re our step-mother.  Nature, personified by the Mother Earth metaphor, is our real mother.  She’s so sad and frightened  (like the fecund women in abortion-prohibited states) that she doesn’t know what to do (like the old woman who lived in a shoe with so many children…).

Her first responders are brave, but so far unable to rouse the Emergency Rescue Squads needed to keep her alive. (The head of the World Bank,  recently asked whether the burning of oil, gas and coal was driving climate change, refused to answer.)

Current heartaches:  At this very minute, extremely destructive hurricane Ian is roaring north across the United States.  “Hurricane Ian is going to be a storm that we talk about for decades,” administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency Deanne Criswell said yesterday.  [If Mother Earth is still alive in decades.]

Earlier in the month Pakistan’s climate minister called the flooding in his country “Biblical.”   Greenpeace  shared videos in which a central Pakistani hotel crumbled in the duration of a  “TikTok.”  

U.N. Secretary-General, António Guterres visited Pakistan and called the climate crisis a “code red for humanity,”  He said that he hadn’t seen this scale of climate change  in his life (he is 76.)  The areas underwater in Pakistan are larger than Britain

Keep your eyes open on the current destruction by hurricane Ian.

The nine planetary boundaries:  In addition to the causes of climate change, a planetary boundary framework originated in 2009 to define required limits on human activities to prevent collapse of vital Earth operating systems. They include biodiversity loss, freshwater, air pollution, climate change, high phosphorus and nitrogen levels, ocean acidity, land use changes, ozone layer decay, and contamination by human-made chemicals.

 

Deaf to Suffering

Published September 28, 2022 by Nan Mykel

There’s so much suffering in the world–it outweighs joy by a longshot.  It seems everywhere we look there is anguish.  It is difficult to admit that the horizon has turned so dark.  I cannot find a hint of a solution.  Are we forced to pretend a return to the oldest fairytale of religion?  I wonder how the Buddhists are faring.  Don’t read the following if you’re not ready to suck it in, from the New Yorker, by Zoha Tunio in Undark:

We have tried, in various ways, to convey to the world the scale of destruction caused by recent floods in Pakistan, because, apparently, a third of the country underwater and thirty-three million lives upended doesn’t cut it. Pakistan’s climate minister has called it Biblical. We have shot and shared videos in which the landmark New Honeymoon Hotel crumbles in the duration of a TikTok. The U.N. Secretary-General, António Guterres, who is seventy-three and has called the climate crisis a “code red for humanity,” visited Pakistan and said that he hadn’t seen this scale of climate carnage in his life. Some of us have created maps showing that the areas underwater are larger than Britain. We have shown pictures of dead and starving cattle to appeal to animal-lovers. We have posted videos of puppies being heroically rescued from rushing waters.

Maybe when the world seems to be ending, it needs poets. A poet in Khairpur, in southern Pakistan, one of the worst-affected areas, was asked by a journalist if he had received a tent to shelter his family. He found the idea so improbable that he asked, “Why are you making fun of me? Why would anyone give me a tent?”

More here.

I STAND CORRECTED

Published September 24, 2022 by Nan Mykel

A comment to my post Shut My Mouth from Ned Hamson is sterling:

Two thoughts:
1. Too many groups… they need to learn how to work together. Just think if there were just two or at most three mega-groups – greater impact and use of resources. With this many groups, they all compete with each other for money and split their ability to impact people and governments.
2. Even though too many groups here’s another – Jane Fonda’s efforts – https://firedrillfridays.org

Thanks, Ned!

 

Shut My Mouth!

Published September 23, 2022 by Nan Mykel

Big deal, I was going to “do some good” by publishing a weekly climate change update on my blog.  I did a little research on Google and found that large groups are covering the world climate change and their blogs are free, too.  I quit my original plan but will give you an idea of what’s elsewhere in much greater coverage than I could offer.  I may, however, post a few entries while not pretending they are comprehensive.  At the end of the following please note the essay by good friend Alexa Abercrombie Ross  

KEY CLIMATE CHANGE MEDIA OUTLETS

https://climatechangeresources.org › key-climate-chang…
 

Just as Mainstream Media outlets are joining forces to create stronger climate change resources, so are these specialized outlets. Take a look at Collateral, a series on climate, data and science, which is a collaboration between Inside Climate News and The Weather Channel. And, if you are interested in how the media understood and covered how the world warmed in 2021, take a look at this piece by Carbon Brief, one of our best sources of climate news from around the world.

Most miraculous are the outlets which are taking shape in the form of newsletters, blogs and podcasts. We call a few to your attention:

 

  • Sammy Roth’s newsletter, The Boiling Point for the Los Angeles Times, wrote a riveting piece as he drove across the American West in May 2022. “Standing on the Continental Divide, where wind energy could shape the West” was the first of his utterly fascinating series.
  • Climate Nexus writes both in-depth stories and disseminates, through its newsletter, some of the best media sources every few days. This particular story on the latest IPCC report in the spring of 2022 is typical of how deeply intelligent its thinking is. 
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    350.org

    Founded by Bill McKibben, 350 uses online campaigns, grassroots organizing, and mass public actions to oppose new coal, oil and gas projects, take money out of the companies that are heating up the planet, and build 100% clean energy solutions that work for all. 350’s network extends to 188 countries.

    Above the Fold by Environmental Health News

    We are a publication of Environmental Health Sciences, a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to driving science into public discussion and policy on environmental health issues, including climate change.

    Axios Newsletters

    News, scoops & expert analysis by award-winning Axios journalists.

    Boiling Point, a L.A. Times newsletter with Sammy Roth

    Boiling Point is a newsletter for people who care about the environment and climate across California, the American West and the globe. If you’re a hiker or a surfer, if you’re worried about losing your home in a wildfire, or if you just want new reasons to stay hopeful, this newsletter is for you.

    Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists

    The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists bridges the technology divide between research, foreign policy, and public engagement. Their award-winning Doomsday Clock also has fascinating information.

    Canary Media

    They are an independent nonprofit journalism outlet powered by RMI dedicated to chronicling the transition to a decarbonized economy and society, with a particular focus on the transformation of the energy, transportation, industrial and building sectors.

    Carbon 180

    We bring together scientists, policymakers, and businesses to fundamentally rethink carbon.

    Carbon Brief

    Carbon Brief is UK-based and covers the latest developments in climate science, climate policy and energy policy. 

    CCL Weekly Briefing (from Citizen’s Climate Lobby)

    Citizens’ Climate Lobby is a non-profit, nonpartisan, grassroots advocacy organization focused on national policies to address climate change.

    CDP

    CDP has been putting critical environmental data at the heart of business decisions since 2002. Their latest report, based upon the growing demand for climate-related information was released in 2018. Understanding that inadequate information can lead to the mispricing of assets and a misallocation of capital, more and more financial decision makers are demanding information on the business risks and opportunities associated with climate change.

    Civil Notion

    Joel Stronberg, Esq., of The JBS Group is a veteran clean energy policy analyst with over 30 years’ experience, based in Washington, DC. He writes about climate politics and has a podcast, Zero Net Fifty with co-host Jennifer Delony.

    Climate Cast (newsletter from Natural Climate Solutions)

    ClimateCast is Climate Solutions’ curated, weekly collectio

    EcoRI news

    ecoRI News is dedicated to reporting on environmental and social justice issues in southern New England. Through our reporting, we create a more informed public and provide individuals with the information they need to be better stewards of their environment.

    EcoWatch

    EcoWatch provides original content from a team of reporters and features insights from prominent environmental and business leaders.

    Energy News Network

    The Energy News Network is a nonprofit dedicated to keeping stakeholders, policymakers, and citizens informed of the important changes taking place in the transition to a clean energy system.

    Environment New York

    Environment New York protects the places we love, advancing the environmental values we share, and winning real results for our environment. What’s our key to winning? People like you. Stand up for clean air, clean water and the open spaces you care about by making a donation today.

    Environmental Defense Fund

    Guided by science and economics, we tackle urgent threats with practical solutions. We address today’s most urgent environmental challenges. Working in partnership with others, we focus where we’re best positioned to help, based on our strengths.

    Environmental Voter Project

    The Environmental Voter Project aims to significantly increase voter demand for progressive environmental policy by identifying inactive environmentalists and then turning them into consistent activists and voters.

    Food & Water Watch

    Food & Water Watch mobilizes regular people to build political power to move bold & uncompromised solutions to the most pressing food, water, and climate problems of our time. We work to protect people’s health, communities, and democracy from the growing destructive power of the most powerful economic interests.

    Friends of the Earth

    Together we speak truth to power and expose those who endanger the health of people and the planet for corporate profit. We organize to build long-term political power and campaign to change the rules of our economic and political systems that create injustice and destroy nature.

    Green Buzz

    Greenbuzz is GreenBiz’s newsletter. GreenBiz provides intelligent, focused content on business, technology and sustainability for people from every industry and discipline.

    Green Tech Media

    Greentech Media delivers market analysis, business-to-business news and conferences that inform and connect players in the global clean energy market. Coverage extends across the clean energy industry with a focus on solar power and the electric utility market’s evolution.

    Greenpeace

    Greenpeace is a global, independent campaigning organization that uses peaceful protest and creative communication to expose global environmental problems and promote solutions that are essential to a green and peaceful future.

    Heated, a newsletter with Emily Atkin

    It is not your fault that the planet is burning. Your air conditioner, your hamburger, your gas-powered car—these aren’t the reasons we only have about a decade to prevent irreversible climate catastrophe.

     

     

     

     

     

    Hot Take, Podcast and newsletter by Mary Annaïse Heglar and Amy Westervelt

    Hot Take started as a podcast, from climate essayist Mary Annaïse Heglar and climate reporter Amy Westervelt. In 2020, we added a newsletter as a place to curate the great climate content we were seeing.

    Inside Climate News

    The weekly newsletter from Inside Climate News, an independent, not-for-profit, non-partisan news organization that covers clean energy, carbon energy, nuclear energy and environmental science—plus the territory in between where law, policy and public opinion are shaped. 

    Living On Earth

    Living on Earth with Steve Curwood is the weekly environmental news and information program distributed by Public Radio International. Every week approximately 250 Public Radio stations broadcast Living on Earth’s news, features, interviews and commentary on a broad range of ecological issues. 

    Mother Nature Network

    With sites that generate more than 10 million sessions per month from more than 200 countries, Mother Nature Network is the world’s most visited online network for news and information related to the environment and responsible living.

    NASA: Global Climate Change

    Provides approachable information and resources on climate change science, its effects, and current efforts to intervene.

    NRDC

    Fighting climate change by cutting carbon pollution and expanding clean energy is the best way to build a better future for our children. NRDC is tackling the climate crisis at its source: pollution from fossil fuels. We work to reduce our dependence on these dirty sources by expanding clean energy across cities, states, and nations. We win court cases that allow the federal government to limit carbon pollution from cars and power plants. We help implement practical clean energy solutions. And we fight oil and gas projects that would pump out even more pollution.

    Oceana

    Oceana is dedicated to protecting and restoring the world’s oceans on a global scale.

    Our Daily Planet

    Our Daily Planet is the leading independent environmental news platform covering the climate crisis, conservation, and beyond. Monica & Miro started ODP because they saw a need…

    Our Energy Policy

    Energy headlines, resources, and expert dialogue.

    Sea Level Now (John Englander’s newsletter)

    John Englander is an oceanographer, consultant and leading expert on sea level rise.

    Sierra Club Insider

    Insider is Sierra Club’s twice-monthly e-newsletter on the latest environmental news, green living tips, urgent action alerts on important environmental issues, great outdoor trips, new books and movies to check out, special offers, and more.

    Skeptical Science

    The goal of Skeptical Science is to explain what peer reviewed science has to say about global warming. When you peruse the many arguments of global warming skeptics, a pattern emerges. Skeptic arguments tend to focus on narrow pieces of the puzzle while neglecting the broader picture. For example, focus on Climategate emails neglects the full weight of scientific evidence for man-made global warming. Concentrating on a few growing glaciers ignores the world wide trend of accelerating glacier shrinkage. Claims of global cooling fail to realise the planet as a whole is still accumulating heat. This website presents the broader picture by explaining the peer reviewed scientific literature.

    State of the Planet by the Earth Institute at Columbia

    News from the Earth Institute. Comprehensive coverage of climate, agriculture, ecology, energy, health, sustainability, water, and more. 

    The Climate Beat

    If you’re covering the climate story, you need to be reading The Climate Beat, a resource for journalists by journalists. On The Climate Beat, we spotlight the week’s best climate stories, announce new collaborations and events, and share insights on how best to cover the climate crisis.

    The Climate Web

    The Climate Web is the product of >20,000 hours of crowd-sourcing and curating knowledge from thousands of experts to support understanding of and responding to climate change. It is a collective climate change intelligence.

    The Crucial Years, a newsletter with Bill McKibben

    After thirty years of ignoring warnings about climate change—we have a few scant years to slash emissions, and also to prepare ourselves and our societies for coping with the fact that we’ve already done irreversible damage. If a soft landing is still possible, it will require slowing emissions way down fast, and also a runway with as few potholes as possible: and in turn that will require a mix of science, politics, economics, and movement-building. Salvation, such as it is, lies in solidarity: in working together to meet the most dangerous, and most interesting, challenge of our lifetimes.

    The Daily Climate

    The Daily Climate is a nonprofit publication focused on policy and environmental health issues. 

    The Nature Conservancy

    The Nature Conservancy’s magazine combines reporting with world-class photography, covering their work to conserve the lands and waters on which all life depends.

    The Regeneration Weekly

    The Regeneration Weekly mission is to empower readers to advocate for a more resilient food chain while celebrating the farmers, figures, and organizations fueling the regenerative movement.

    The Years Project

    The YEARS Project is a multimedia storytelling and education effort designed to inform, empower, and unite the world in the face of climate change. 

    This Spaceship Earth

    Founded by David Houle and Tim Rumage. This Spaceship Earth’s part in facing Climate Change is to get up to a billion people to start to think and act as crew members.

    Union of Concerned Scientists

    The Union of Concerned Scientists are a group of nearly 250 scientists, analysts, policy and communication experts dedicated to finding practical solutions for a healthy, safe, and sustainable future.

    WaterBear Network

    WaterBear, the first interactive streaming platform dedicated to the future of our planet. Whatever you feel passionately about in the world of climate action, biodiversity, sustainability, community, diversity and more, WaterBear provides access to award-winning and inspirational content that empowers members to dive deeper, learn more and take action.

    World Wildlife Fund

    The world’s leading conservation organization, WWF works in 100 countries and is supported by more than one million members in the United States and close to five million globally. WWF’s unique way of working combines global reach with a foundation in science, involves action at every level from local to global, and ensures the delivery of innovative solutions that meet the needs of both people and nature.

     

     

     

     

     
    “What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make.”— Dr Jane Goodall, Scientist & Activist 

     

     

    State of the Planet by the Earth Institute at Columbia

    News from the Earth Institute. Comprehensive coverage of climate, agriculture, ecology, energy, health, sustainability, water, and more. 

    The Climate Beat

    If you’re covering the climate story, you need to be reading The Climate Beat, a resource for journalists by journalists. On The Climate Beat, we spotlight the week’s best climate stories, announce new collaborations and events, and share insights on how best to cover the climate crisis.

    The Climate Web

    The Climate Web is the product of >20,000 hours of crowd-sourcing and curating knowledge from thousands of experts to support understanding of and responding to climate change. It is a collective climate change intelligence.

    The Crucial Years, a newsletter with Bill McKibben

    After thirty years of ignoring warnings about climate change—we have a few scant years to slash emissions, and also to prepare ourselves and our societies for coping with the fact that we’ve already done irreversible damage. If a soft landing is still possible, it will require slowing emissions way down fast, and also a runway with as few potholes as possible: and in turn that will require a mix of science, politics, economics, and movement-building. Salvation, such as it is, lies in solidarity: in working together to meet the most dangerous, and most interesting, challenge of our lifetimes.

    The Daily Climate

    The Daily Climate is a nonprofit publication focused on policy and environmental health issues. 

    The Nature Conservancy

    The Nature Conservancy’s magazine combines reporting with world-class photography, covering their work to conserve the lands and waters on which all life depends.

    The Regeneration Weekly

    The Regeneration Weekly mission is to empower readers to advocate for a more resilient food chain while celebrating the farmers, figures, and organizations fueling the regenerative movement.

    The Years Project

    The YEARS Project is a multimedia storytelling and education effort designed to inform, empower, and unite the world in the face of climate change. 

    This Spaceship Earth

    Founded by David Houle and Tim Rumage. This Spaceship Earth’s part in facing Climate Change is to get up to a billion people to start to think and act as crew members.

    Union of Concerned Scientists

    The Union of Concerned Scientists are a group of nearly 250 scientists, analysts, policy and communication experts dedicated to finding practical solutions for a healthy, safe, and sustainable future.

     
     
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    The following is from good friend  Alexa Abecrombie Ross who shares her essay with us:

    The Tragedy of Plastic 

          Versatile, wonderful and far-reaching is the ubiquitous chemical that threatens all life in our world from microscopic krill to the largest seagoing mammals.

    In my youth a Moroccan asked me about birth control. When I answered that I carried inside me a piece of plastic to prevent conception, he declared, “Plastique? Kabecca!” (Terrible.) The remnants of free plastic bags were already contaminating the countryside. 

    When I purchased spice, it was folded into a small scrap of construction paper. Today and every day I fiddle with plastic. I pick tiny pieces of plastic out of my compost pile, so numerous I wonder if my sweetener packets hold a layer of the stuff behind the paper. I wash and rinse sleek clear boxes that once contained pastry with a tiny shelf life, in contrast to their plastic envelopes which, being constructed of very large and stable molecules, will last many more decades than you or I ever could.

    This wondrous invention has taken over our lives and incredibly, now threatens us.

    I remember my first encounter with a styrofoam cup, light and white and unique. I could sink my teeth in it and admire the crescent imprint of my dentition. That thrill is long gone. I’ll take my own cup, plate, fork, spoon, thank you, but no thanks. 

    I saw a commercial many years ago of Lauren Bacall, in a backstage dressing room, languidly extolling the flavor of Folgers’ coffee. If I ever become a star like her, I thought, I will not accept coffee in a styrofoam cup!

    I have swum in the turquoise clear waters of Southeast Asia with plastic debris floating all around me. I have seen the flotsam and jetsam of broken plastic sandals washed ashore, cheap, ubiquitous useless detritus, a constant and ever increasing deluge of abomination.

    The big producers – the chemical companies, the oil companies, the food packagers – Unilever, Pepsi, Coke, Nestle – have found a solution to the impending end of the internal combustion engine. With that market drying up slowly to avert climate catastrophe, they are betting on the endless market for petroleum’s thousands of variations of the stuff once called Bakelite, to contain our stuff. From toys to cars to buildings, plastic is there.

    I lovingly recall my doll house with real tiny lights, peopled by the colorful hard plastic figures, the mother in a dress and heels and a 40’s hairdo. Following generations have enjoyed a universe of plastic – Fisher-Price playgrounds, consoles, sippy cups and flatware and reminisce a childhood where plastic is normalized. Dolls with movable plastic limbs, plastic eyes and eyelashes, miniaturized playthings – fake food, Legos, checker pieces, balls and bats.

    An aunt once told me garbage was unknown in her youth. You burned it or fed it to the pigs. Today there are billions of pigs and thousands of incinerators poisoning the air and water, burning up the remnants of plants and animals of millennia past.

    Great minds have devised myriad uses for this blank slate of possibility. You cannot shop without bringing home plastic. Plastic-free July is an impossibility. Try purchasing bread, fruit, or vegetables not contained in plastic, and thoughtfully shrouded in more plastic by the cashier. Plastic bottles litter every roadside. Plastic caps and bags and fragments fill the stomachs of birds, fish, turtles, whales and krill. The glory, safety and plenty of modern life is repaying us in trash.

    I recycle religiously. I collect recyclables on my way to the grocery where it awaits in such gleaming abundance. Every day I pick and sort and clean and rinse and it’s hopeless.

    Only a few types of plastic recycle readily. It’s a confidence game inflicted by the producers on the public. It is a useless and time-consuming virtue that will never catch up to the constant output of the indefatigable machines of the market. I am the patsy – we all are.

    It’s even worse in the third world where poverty means people purchase goods in tiny amounts known as sachets. Several layers of plastic encase the soap powder, the potato chips, the shampoo, the soy sauce. Recycling is impossible, waste management unknown. The shores, the streams, the valleys are drowned in trash. 

    We have conquered our environment, turning abundance into desertification. Our houses, our clothes, our vehicles, our healthcare apparatus, all have been degraded to eventual trash.

    I will close this lamentation with information distributed by the women sponsoring the public screening of The Story of Plastic. Less than a tenth of our plastic is recycled, itself a polluting process, resulting in an inferior substance. Racing to the bottom! 

    Yes, our nation is number one, the world leader in the generation of plastic waste. In Ohio we pay four billion dollars a year to pick up roadside trash. 

    What can we do? CALL your senators and representatives and ask them to co-sponsor and support the Break Free from Plastic Pollution Act – S. 984 and H.B 2238. Then get under the covers and cry your heart out.

     

     

 

MOTHER EARTH SATURDAY POST , Early

Published September 8, 2022 by Nan Mykel

I couldn’t wait til Saturday to share the following snip from a horror report on climate change, from a Daily Kos reader:

Today, this week, as California sluggishly moves through what the San Francisco Chronicle reports as the worst heat wave in the state’s history, I feel compelled to give voice to my fears. Because holding them inside is causing such intense anxiety. Maybe venting will give me some release.

It’s so hot that life isn’t going on as usual. The world feels drained of energy, as if everything is feeding the ferocious heat. Businesses are closing early. Schools are canceling outdoor activities. And we have fires burning on both ends of the state as we enter what has become the most dangerous time for wildfires in California.

I’M GOING TO TRY…

Published September 3, 2022 by Nan Mykel

AND DO SOMETHING USEFUL –  Although I tend to make promises and renege on them due to one thing or another, I’m going to try and dedicate one day a week to a climate change update, headed How’s Mother Earth Doing?   I’m telling you now at the age of 86-going on-87-that I’m still a computer newbie and have resigned myself to that fact.  (I quit d’verse because it became too challenging for me when they made a little change in directions several years ago).  Which means that I will be lifting facts from resources listed under Google, and cannot mess with all the ways to frame them, for the most part.  Everyone can use Google or other “search engines,” I think they’re called. I hope to start today, so will hope to feature my new post every Saturday….How challenging and scary! ….

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The last day of the month found Pakistan in big trouble. as deadly floods devastated Pakistan.  Much of Pakistan is underwater and more than 1,100 have perished  as bridges have been washed out, crops drowned and roads wiped out.

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In the United Arab Emigrates they’re salting clouds, seeking more rain, and in Saudi Arabia and Iran they’re considering following suit.

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Soylent Green is a 1973 American ecological dystopian thriller film, directed by Richard Fleischer, starring Charlton HestonLeigh Taylor-Young and Edward G. Robinson in his final film role. Loosely based on the 1966 science fiction novel Make Room! Make Room! by Harry Harrison, the film combines police procedural and science fiction genres, the investigation into the murder of a wealthy businessman and a dystopian future of dying oceans and year-round humidity, due to the greenhouse effect, resulting in  pollutionpovertyoverpopulationeuthanasia and depleted resources.[2] In 1973, it won the Nebula Award for Best Dramatic Presentation and the Saturn Award for Best Science Fiction Film.

The Situation: By 2022,[3] the cumulative effects of overpopulationpollution and an apparent climate catastrophe have caused severe worldwide shortages of food, water and housing. In New York City alone, there are 40 million people, and only the city’s elite can afford spacious apartments, clean water, and natural food. The homes of the elite are fortified, with private security and bodyguards for their tenants. Usually, they include concubines (who are referred to as “furniture” and serve the tenants as slaves). The poor live in squalor, haul water from communal spigots, and eat highly processed wafers: “Soylent Red,” “Soylent Yellow,” and the latest product, far more flavorful and nutritious, “Soylent Green.”

It’s kind of too old a movie to require a spoiler alert, but use your imagination: people.   I don’t know how difficult it would be to legally arrange things so just the scene of the people before harvesting are allowed to sit in a large dome surrounded by images of MOTHER EARTH the way it used to be, but it would sure be a powerful statement if a national climate change PR outfit could manage a recurring spot on, say facebook, or even  Daily Kos, or AlterNet   Are there anypopular sites that don’t charge for their ads?  It takes toop long to go through the sites that continue in 10 or 12 spurts.  I know, beggars can’t be choosers.  That powerful scene is the only thing that burned its way into my memory.

That’s all for this week, Folks!

 

 

 

 

I USED TO CARE guest poem

Published August 15, 2022 by Nan Mykel

I used to care
When I was young
Innocent, perhaps naïve.
There was a future
To be secured and enriched
For my family
For the world.
I voted, confident it counted,
Marched, protested, and was seen,
Wrote letters, and believed they were read,
Debated, and was heard.
I witnessed change
With civil rights
Clean water and air
The end of an ugly war
Even a ban on assault rifles.

Now?
More extinctions
Extensive clearing of rainforests

More guns
More fossil fuels being burned
More voter suppression
Government dysfunction
Expansive partisan division and violence
More corporate greed
Widening gap between rich and poor
More rights stripped away.
I used to care
When I was young,
Innocent, perhaps naïve.
Now…only tears.

Thank you Thomas Shostak for permossion to share this poem

Friend Felix Speaks Again

Published July 19, 2022 by Nan Mykel

4th of JULY:  GOOD GRIEF!

If you like pretty poems, please look away,

for here I lament decay, dying and death.

I’m not bemoaning my dying contemporaries,

who lately fall like old-growth trees in a forest.

Nor do I pre-grieve my own impending death.

 

My concern is for the fate of our democracy,

as it is doing a dangerous dance with doom.

Our precious political freedoms are eroding.

Our fractured center seems not to be holding.

 

Our democracy could be in its death throes.

Female bodily autonomy has been outlawed,

voting rights have been wantonly suppressed,

there is massive support for Trump’s Big Lie.

 

The Supreme Court defies the majority’s will.

Throughout our land gun fetishism flourishes.

Louder liars shout down the voices of veracity.

Violence grows, the environment degrades.

 

This Independence Day is a day of gloom.

Sadly I fly our tattered flag upside down.

Today I can’t sing Happy Birthday America!

In these dark days, I weep as I sing of thee.

 

Felix Gagliano,  July 2022

 

BAKING CLIMATE CHANGE

Published July 17, 2022 by Nan Mykel

What’s that smell from the oven?

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politico.com via Daily Kos:

“[Manchin] has sabotaged the president’s agenda,” Sanders (I-Vt.) said on ABC’s “This Week.”

[…]Manchin’s reluctance to pass the [Democrats’ party-line spending] bill after months of negotiations has infuriated Democrats who contend the spending bill is desperately needed to fight climate change.

Sanders on Sunday did not hold back his frustration, claiming that “people like Manchin” are “intentionally sabotaging the president’s agendawhat the American people want, what a majority of us in the Democratic caucus want.”

“The problem was that we continued to talk to Manchin like he was serioushe was not,” Sanders said. “This is a guy who’s a major recipient of fossil fuel money, a guy who has received campaign contributions from 25 Republican billionaires.”

Why Does He Not VOTE WITH HIS PARTY?  I reckon one reason is that money talks loud.  His pockets are stuffed with  the most funding from  fossil fuel PACs,  From May 2020 to May 2021 he received the most funding from the oil and gas industry of any senator, including $1.6 million in donations from fossil fuel PACs…

NAN SEZ;  That’s in addition to others sabotaging our democratic way of life.  Will the people wake up in time?

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This, in the face of news from abroad:

Beijing [China], July 17 (ANI): China’s meteorological department has issued a high-temperature warning for 12 days as severe heat waves grip the country, affecting 900 million people and over half of the national territory within a week.

Forest fires rage across Europe as heatwave sends temperatures soaring

Civil defence authorities battle blazes that have forced evacuation of thousands of people across continent

Wildfires spread through western Europe as temperatures reach mid-40Cs

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 in Madrid and agencies

 

 

Real Issues…

Published September 22, 2021 by Nan Mykel

 are not getting discussed enough

Keith (musings of an old fart)

writes that…

It amazes me how so much time can be spent on created wedge issues for political gain and so little on real ones.

The global (and US) water crisis and need for accelerated climate change action are key environmental issues per the World Economic Forum. And, the latter makes the former concern even worse. These are not future problems as they are harming us now.

Investing in deteriorated infrastructure while also reducing the US deficit and debt are at odds, but both are needed. So we must be judicious with spending cuts and revenue increases, as both are needed to solve the math problem. And, too many of our infrastructure needs are ten years overdue.

And, we must stop this degradation of civil rights that were long fought for. Attacking the right to vote under the guise of staged and unproven election fraud claims is abhorrent in the eyes of this independent and former Republican (and Democrat) voter and should be in the eyes of more elected officials.

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