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Every Breath You Take

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   I can’t believe the news today.
I can’t close my eyes and make it go away.
~U2

We’ve all heard the terms global warming and climate change. I’m sure you’ve also heard people during heavy snowfalls say, see, how can we be having global warming. Sigh. This kind of ignoring, willfully misunderstanding, mocking, or twisting of facts may get a few Likes or giggles on Facebook, but it doesn’t change the facts.
The Industrial Revolution has been a boon and a curse for humanity. We made more faster. The problem was, we made more, faster, but it’s all an illusion. None of it means anything if you can’t breathe the air, drink the water, eat the food…

The UN Climate Summit 2014 is happening in New York, right now. For days around the world people who care have been taking to streets, letting their voices be heard. Activists, parents, children, celebrities, all essentially saying we have to care.  http://www.un.org/climatechange/summit/   #climate2014
Leonardo DiCaprio, actor and long-time activist has been appointed UN Messenger of Peace, a sort of Climate Change Ambassador and one his first duties was a speech to the UN Climate Summit,

“As an actor I pretend for a living. I play fictitious characters often solving fictitious problems.

I believe humankind has looked at climate change in that same way: as if it were a fiction, happening to someone else’s planet, as if pretending that climate change wasn’t real would somehow make it go away.”

Please check out the rest of the speech, it was wonderful.

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We need to admit we made mistakes, now let’s fix them, before it’s too late. We don’t have to keep believing rich men, governments, and corporations who are lying to us for money and power. We really can change.

Have you ever read the book There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly ? The latest version of this book (North South Books) was illustrated by Rashin, making this cautionary tale more up-to-date and accessible. Also an excellent book to help struggling readers. This was one of the books my cousin who taught special needs children suggested for my son who had a reading disorder.

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This book always fascinated me, I don’t know why.
I never knew why an old lady would swallow a fly.
I thought perhaps she had some sort of disorder,
That most certainly made her life shorter.
But it always seemed callous and cruel
To make those animals turn into stool.

Why?
Why did the old lady swallow the fly, or all the other creatures?
The old lady’s behaviour was not only self-destructive and lead to her demise, but it was counter-productive. We’re the old lady. We know climate change is being exacerbated by manufacturing, yet we are buying more and more stuff.
We know that the fossil fuel industry, coal, fracking, etc. are destroying the planet we live on, yet we consume more and more.
So the theory of our time, even for those who profess to love their children is, eat, drink and be merry, who cares about their tomorrows?

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We keep swallowing the lies, but why? Why does it have to be economy versus environment? We can have both.
If we admit it’s true we would have to accept the recommendations, that means changing our lifestyles, possibly even make some sacrifices.

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At times the green movement is its own worst enemy.
Too many people lying, or exaggerating for shock value, to make points, or make money. Some just too self-righteous or really flaky.
The facts should speak for themselves, but we become so easily distracted and big business uses that.The rich will do anything to hold onto to their money and power, have no doubt about that. But they are a tiny percent of the population. There are more of us than there are of them.
People have stood together and overthrown tyranny before.Instead of standing in line for iPhones, toys, TVs, airline tickets, stand in line to vote, stand up to those who will kill our future, our children’s future for profit.

How angry would you be if you came home tonight and someone had destroyed your home? Planet Earth is our home.

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14 thoughts on “Every Breath You Take

  1. The whole thing is a crying shame. Mom and I were just talking about this. I believe we need to stop pointing fingers and arguing over who, why and where and is it true or not and just get busy making the planet cleaner and safer for every living thing.
    It’s like a family at a dinner table. Someone spills a pitcher of milk. Everyone starts blaming everyone else. Meanwhile the milk gets in the food, spills down the sides on the table, onto the carpet. As the argument goes on for days and weeks, the milk starts to sour and stink up the whole house. the family goes about their daily lives, always coming back to the who-did-it argument. Soon the milk begins molding, ruining the carpet the pad, the sub floor.
    Then someone says that it isn’t ruining the sub floor, we can hardly even smell it anymore. Part of the family agrees and now they argue whether the spilled milk is even a problem.
    Lets go back to the original spilled milk, clean it up and argue the details later.
    Weird, I know 🙂 Thanks for the post!

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  2. It’s hard to take a subject seriously when so many people stand poised to make a profit from it, the predictive computer models don’t work, scientists have been caught falsifying data, and even NOAA has been caught changing historical temperature records. This is a scam. And what makes it so insidious is that it preys upon people’s good natures.

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  3. Yesssssss!!
    I think my friends and family are tired of me preaching the same thing at them constantly – – thank God for the 11-year-old 🙂 she’s not tired of it yet 🙂

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