Climate Change is Not Coming, It’s Here.

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We have to stop attaching future dates to it

Change is mostly incremental

Climate change has been going on for more than a hundred years, since the dawn of the Industrial Age in the 1800s when we began seriously burning things for energy. It brought incredible benefits to society so we didn’t look at the downside. The upside was way too up. Deliriously up. But the bill comes due eventually.

Denial is personal, not societal

We are in this on a personal, daily level.

If we all act like ants we can move mountains

That is the level of attention and action we need now. On a positive note, we are changing things. Solar, battery technology, electric vehicles, etc. Major changes. Do you have two cars? Sell one, you don’t need it. Take a Lyft and support an income. Ride a bike. When we all do that things change quickly. But we have to be more conscious about those actions.

We are not waiting for the tools and discoveries. We have them.

This is not a panic situation, it’s a lifestyle situation

This happened in a matter of weeks. Think about that. We changed our lifestyles because we had to and the side effects were monumental. But we only did it because of a deadly scourge. And a large number of us balked at that because even a little change was too much for them.

Covid revealed things we can learn from and apply to climate change. But we have to stop being babies about change. Change is good.

We are not looking up enough

There is a simple action item here. Look up and around. Notice things. It’s called awareness and awareness is the enemy of denial or hopelessness.

Look up and things will look up. Corny, but motivational for me to look at the sky and understand perspective. Things like climate change can be dealt with if more of us act with awareness of the effects of our choices and actions.

The days of impulse buying are over (or should be)

I have a new rule to help myself with this. When I have the impulse to buy something I put it in my shopping cart, but do not buy it right then. I look at it later to determine just how important it is. I’m quite amazed by what’s in there and I am not a big consumer.

The problem is that these impulse buys really add up when a lot of us are doing them. And we have exported the American brand of consumerism to the rest of the world, creating an entire society that measures self-worth by what we have, not by who we are and what we contribute.

We are buried in stinking, steaming piles of stuff and we still keep feeding the addiction. Stop and think twice before you pull the trigger. You probably don’t need it.

It’s not that hard. Just think about what you are doing

This is exactly what polluters and short term gain people and companies do not want you to do. They don’t care if you protest because they know you will go home and microwave a meal that comes in a plastic container wrapped in plastic wrap and packaged in cardboard. They will notice if you stop doing that.

Personal action is a powerful thing but it must be meaningful and measurable. Protest if you want. It can make people think and that’s a great start. But it is your day to day choices and actions that create real change.

The world is burning right now, not in the future. The things we do right now are important right now. If we can clear the skies in a few weeks to the point where a city can see itself for the first time in years, we can change this now.

Former software marketer. Former musician. Writer, nine non-fiction books, two novels, Buddhist, train lover. Amateur cook, lover of life most of the time!

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