IF WE DON’T FIX THE CLIMATE, THE REST OF OUR ISSUES WON’T MATTER

Fandango’s Provocative Question #99

Fandango wants to know what the three biggest issues facing us are.

We are in a pretty big mess on many levels. Our government is emerging from four-years of beyond-incompetent failure of leadership. Racism has not merely reared its head, but taken over large segments of the so-called public including the police. We’ve got a pandemic which I’m hoping isn’t going to kill us and financial problems that may be insoluble. We need medical care, a government that works, We need our freedom back, if we can remember what they were. We need conglomerates and corporations to strop dominating — and ruining — our lives.

But first and foremost, we need to fix our climate because if we don’t, none of the other issues will matter. Our planet will reject us. As it should.

So this is the question:

So my answer is three times simple:



If humans have a planet which rejects them, we do not have an alternative site. Despite all the television shows we’ve watched where we conquer the stars and all the planets in the universe are available for us, we have not explored even our own planets much less the galaxy. If we can’t live here, we can’t live. Anywhere. We “boomers” won’t live to see what happens, but we have family. We have grandchildren, great grandchildren. We would like to leave them a better world than that in which we have lived, but we can’t make it happen.

The hard work falls to the younger generations. Our adult grandchildren and their children will have to fight the war of this world. The worst part of this “issue” is that too many people seem to think there’s plenty of time. I don’t think there is plenty or even enough time. These are not brand new problems and didn’t pop up during the past four years. They were a major issue 50 and 100 years ago. Maybe longer than that, come to think about it.

The first Earth Day poster – 1972

I spent five years at the Environmental Health Laboratory at the University of Jerusalem. That was during the early 1980s and we were already worried that the earth was being trashed. Not one country. EVERY country on every continent. Even the neat and tidy countries.

Earth’s day in court

In the nearly 40 years since I came back, I’ve watched us do a little tiny bit here and there, and lived to see it almost entirely undone. It wasn’t enough, but now there’s nothing and we march into the future worrying more about government than climate. I suppose because more people actually want to fix government than want to fix the environmental crisis. I understand the importance of racism, lack of medical care, failure to have a society that cares for its most vulnerable citizens. Hell, it doesn’t even care for it’s least vulnerable citizens. It cares only for money and the power money brings.

Otherwise, we live in a world where nobody cares about “big” issues. We care for those to whom we feel close while the rest of the world can wander off a cliff. We really don’t care. I particularly point a finger at the kids who are so busy looking for someone to blame for the issues facing their world they are unwilling to bother to vote. They think it — voting — doesn’t matter. Actually, I think they don’t matter because they don’t care.

Unless we start to care, we will be gone. Not tomorrow, but not far down the road, either. In the long future, no humans will be here to study our bones and wonder who we were and how we came to our sad ending.



Categories: #FPQ, climate, climate change, Earth, Ecology, Hatred and bigotry, Provocative Questions, Word Prompt

Tags: , , , , , ,

8 replies

  1. So right. We have to take a step.

    Like

  2. So very right Marilyn

    Like

Talk to me!

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

France & Vincent

Writing Magic, Myth and Mystery

Barb Taub

Writing & Coffee. Especially coffee.

This, That, and The Other

Random musings on life, society, and politics.

Keep it alive

A look at life, achieving good physical and mental health and happiness

Covert Novelist

Just another WordPress site

The Small Dog

Life from the Tail End

Cee's Chronic Illness Sisterhood

Peer support and hope for women with Chronic Illness and their support team.

Salted Caramel

Blogging, Motivation, Lifestyle and much more.

Sue Vincent's Daily Echo

Echoes of Life, Love and Laughter

Sarah's Attic Of Treasures

Making My Home A Haven is important to me. Sharing homemaking skills. Recipes and food. Bible Studies. This is a treasure chest of goodies. So take a seat. Have a glass of tea and enjoy. You will learn all about who I am.

Green Screen

The Environmental Movie Podcast

bushboys world

Photos of my world and other stuff I hope you will enjoy too. Photos taken with Canon PowershotSX70HS Photos can be purchased.

musingsofanoldfart

Independent views from someone who offers some historical context

The HOBBLEDEHOY

I use the best, I use the rest

My Blog

Just another WordPress.com site

National Day Calendar

Fun, unusual and forgotten designations on our calendar.

Cee's Photo Challenges

Teaching the art of composition for photography.

Trent's World (the Blog)

Random Ramblings and Reviews from Trent P. McDonald

Views from the Edge

To See More Clearly

serial monography: forgottenman's ruminations

wandering discourse, pedantic rant, self-indulgent drivel, languorous polemic, grammarian's bête noire, poesy encroachment approaching bombast, unintended subtext in otherwise intentional context, unorthodox unorthodoxy, self-inflected rodomontade, …

draliman on life

Because sometimes life just makes you stop and think

The English Professor at Large

Posts about old Hollywood, current concerns

sparksfromacombustiblemind

EMBERS FROM SOMEONE DOGGEDLY TRYING TO MAKE SENSE OF IT ALL...

The Day After

Musings, Photography, Writing, and More

THE SHINBONE STAR

NO LONGER ENCUMBERED BY ANY SENSE OF FAIR PLAY, EX-JOURNALISTS RETURN TO ACTIVE DUTY TO FIGHT THE TRUMPIAN MENACE!

Chronicles of an Anglo Swiss

Welcome to the Anglo Swiss World

ScienceSwitch

Your Source For The Coolest Science Stories

<span>%d</span> bloggers like this: