Knowledge and convictions are of little consequence unless acted upon.
When faced with dire projections about the future of our planet, circumstances can overwhelm and, quite often, some variation of the phrase “Why bother — what’s the point?” becomes an all-too-common default.
But with so much at stake, inaction should never be an option. Instead, false presumptions of helplessness can lead to a series of revelations that can compel us to grow into more impressive people with higher standards for ourselves, our behavior, and instill in us a greater appreciation of our responsibility to others, and to all life.
With the knowledge of an imminent danger or injustice comes a moral obligation to expose and oppose it.
“It is not enough to understand the natural world; the point is to preserve and defend it. Sympathy without action is the ruin of the soul.” ~ Edward Abbey
A few more you may know
“So they go on in strange paradox, decided only to be undecided, resolved to be irresolute, adamant for drift, solid for fluidity, all powerful to be impotent.” ~ Winston Churchill
“Over the bleached bones and jumbled residues of numerous civilizations are written the pathetic words, “too late.”” ~ Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
“If we don’t do the impossible, we shall be faced with the unthinkable.” ~ Petra Kelly, German Green Party
“The difference between what we do and what we are capable of doing, would suffice to solve most of the world’s problems.” ~ Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi
“Nobody made a greater mistake than he who did nothing because he could only do a little.” ~ Edmund Burke
“Be isolated, be afraid, be ignored, be attacked, be in doubt, be frightened … but do not be silenced.” ~ Bertrand Russell
“First they came for…” ~ Martin Niemöller
Difficult as it is to communicate, absorb, process, accept, and as shrill / alarmist as it may sound, our shared atmosphere is on an accelerating course to reach a state of potentially unsurvivable, global climate extremes during the lives of today’s children and teens.
Clear, present impacts ALREADY displace / KILL millions each year, and compromise the lives of billions RIGHT NOW.
No less than the fate of all generations of all peoples and most species hangs in the balance TODAY. And only emergency international action at emergency (world war-time) speed FAST *may be* proportional enough to confront the scale, scope and urgency of what is ALREADY the greatest crime against humanity, most life and most future life EVER. (Compilation: Betrayal of Life.)
To deny this is to deny reality. But if we take the decision / path to see AND face the true, existential wickedness of our now-shared, undeniable, inescapable predicament, there will at least be possibilities. Perhaps even some we haven’t imagined yet.
climateye is an urgent call to action for each of us to learn the basic science, spread the word, organize and mobilize to effect immediate, responsible, expansive political / social / economic / ecological reform on a massive scale.
- Article – Acts of kindness spread surprisingly easily, Science Daily
- Book – The Tipping Point: How little things can make a big difference, Gladwell
- Blog post – On climate change: Is individual action pointless? desmogblog.com
- Compilation: “Solutions” (responses, possibilities)
- Resources – Essential activist tools: Best collected sources
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