The climate is changing folks, but thats old news. We’ve all seen the headlines for record heat, 500 year climate events occurring more and more frequently, ice caps melting, ocean temperatures rising, etc., etc. We’ve heard it so much that we’ve perhaps become desensitized to the increasingly dire situation we find ourselves in as major media outlets circumvent their normal fear-based tactics in favor of burying climate extremities beneath “sexier” headlines. After all, nobody wants to hear about the imminent inhabitability of the planet, we’d much rather hear about the latest tragedies that unfurl in this country that have easy scapegoats to blame it on. Well, my apologies folks, but that’s not what I’m hear to do today. What I’m here to do today is call out the biggest problem we face as a civilization and place the blame squarely where it belongs; on all of us. There is virtually no way you can be a human being on this planet today and not contribute to climate change. You may have the fanciest, all-natural, locally sourced Earthship for a home and you may grow all of your food in an organic garden and allow your goats to mow your lawn, you may ride a bike exclusively and produce zero waste throughout the course of a year, you may think that your existence has a net-zero impact, but heres the thing: unless you are actively pursuing the transformation of your community into a ecofriendly way of life, then you are complacent.
Complacency in the face of climate change is not neutral, and in the same way those who remain neutral in the face of oppression have effectively sided with the oppressor, to erroneously think that you’ve done enough, or that you are powerless to create the very necessary our civilization desperately needs, is to give your power to the very forces that seek to continue to pillage our planet. We, collectively, must take a stand. We must fight to create the change we wish to see in this world. We must take up arms to ensure that future generations inherit a planet progressing, rather than a dying rock decaying. The arms we have at our disposal are multifaceted; we must work with our communities on a peer-to-peer basis, we must ensure that we retake our political system from our supposed representatives who serve big money interests rather than people and plant, we must alter our consumption habits, and most importantly we must hold ourselves and each other accountable.
This in no way is a “holier-than-thou” guilt trip, nor should we feel poorly about our current habits. We all have work to do to reduce our impact. We have been conditioned into this paradigm and we can condition ourselves out of it. We, together, can change the way we coexist with our planet, check ourselves constantly, and encourage a way of life that promotes a future for our children and children’s children. There is no one-size-fits-all solution, and likely we will make mistakes in the process of refining our techniques, but the time for incremental change has long since passed, now is the time for global systemic change, and that starts with each of us standing up and proclaiming our grievances, agitating, educating, and organizing our communities, shutting down business as usual and doing everything within our grasp to be the change we wish to see in the world.
It starts with you, so where will you begin?