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

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8 replies

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


  2. So very right Marilyn


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