Hurricane Sandy

Hurricane Sandy off the Carolinas

Hurricane Sandy has dealt her devastating blow.

She was the largest storm to hit the northeast US.  Ever.

Why are we having 100 year storms, fires, floods and droughts, all in the same year?

Could something else be going on here?

It is time to end climate change silence.

It is happening, it is upon us.  What will it take for us to wake up and take it seriously?  Another record-breaking storm?  Another devastating drought?  More changes to arable land so that we can’t even grow enough food to feed ourselves?

There are forces against these wake-up calls – namely big oil and big corporates that trick us into wanting more, more, more.   They fund political campaigns, they fund television commercials telling us that it is not all so bad, and they change public perception for their own interests.

Much to our own peril, we continue to listen to these corporations instead of the dire warnings of 97% of climate scientists.  We continue to ignore the nagging notion in the back our heart that something is just not right.

Instead, we tell ourselves that our government has it under control, and that they will act in the best interests in the people and our future.

But our governments are not acting.  They are ignoring climate change and its devastating consequences.

Who will have the courage to end their part in climate change silence?

Who among you will start talking about it, writing about it, getting mad about it?

Who will speak for the children who have no voice, yet will inherit this very scary and uncertain future?

Who will start to care?



7 thoughts on “Hurricane Sandy

  1. I asked the same questions at the time of Katrina. The good news is that the more these weather-events happen, the more people are waking up. But still, I met a guy in a grocery store checkout line up recently who scoffed at me for reading Bill McKibben’s Rollying Stone article on Climate Change Math. Unfortunately, guys like him probably won’t get it, even if a tornado takes his house away. I’m trying to make up for folks like him by cutting my carbon emissions as much as possible, and spreading the word… Keep up the good work with your blog!

  2. What I don’t get is how an event like this could happen, and afterwards people resume their consumption-driven existence. Why doesn’t a natural disaster give people a new perspective on life? Why don’t people wake up to the notion that there’s more to living than buying stuff? That happiness comes from our connections to others, not to things? I’m not expecting everyone to become an environmentalist, but a good place to start would be for people to start appreciating the right things and lose interest in empty things that make our world problems worse.

    • I know. Most people escaped unscathed, with their loved ones intact. That really should be all that matters. Hopefully the rebuilding effort will also build and strengthen communities. When communities are strong, the voice of the people can start to heard…

  3. I so agree with you. What amazes me is that former FEMA director Brown under George W. Bush (remember him from Katrina) has been criticizing Obama for acting too quickly during this hurricane. Seriously? Back to your actual question, people are told this just happens periodically throughout history and they buy that. What gets me is how people can’t see that we are harming the planet. How much can we drill and remove from the earth before we destroy it. I’m still waiting for the wake up call, I really don’t want to see what destruction has to happen to change people’s ways.

    • Have you ever looked around you and realized that everything you see in the stores, your house, the roads, the cars the buildings – it all came from the Earth in some way… It was dug up, processed, shipped somewhere, reprocessed and refinished again, put together with a million other little things that each also have their journey. It is amazing what we have done really. Like the laptop I am writing on right now, which is plastic – used to be oil under the ground somewhere. My clothes used to be blowing around in a cotton field somewhere. My gold ring was the cause of a massive amount of earth being moved so that they could get the tiny ore flakes and melt them down into this ring. It seems crazy that we take this all for granted and think that it is all unlimited. We are living on a finite planet people. It does not go on forever. And if it does not go on, how will we?

      • How true. When my grandparents married in 1941, my grandfather and his brothers got together to build them a home, they did this as each brother married. By doing this they were reminded of where everything came from to complete the job. Today, we are so far removed from the production of the items we use. Even food, how many children (and adults) have no idea how food is grown or raised. Progress is good in some ways. Your laptop may allow you to work from home rather than drive every day of the week to a job. Do you think if more people had an opportunity to be connected to the production of the things they use they would have more of an appreciation for what is being destroyed on the earth?

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