Fossil carbon has been an unbelievable one-pass-through ultra-concentrated source of energy, power and change for the better for two centuries. We can’t fault those early energy pioneers who exploited the heat of coal and horsepower of petroleum to heat homes and power wheels of horseless vehiclesÂ and run the engines of commerce of our great-great-grandparents’ time.
But we knew 150 years ago (see history of greenhouse gas and climate connection) that, sooner or later, if we continued to let carbon drive the economic engine, we’d reach the point where our “progress” would lead toÂ our undoing. We have now reached–if not gone past–that point.
The harder the Big Oil powersÂ press on the carbon gas pedal with their hands over our eyes, the sooner we will all will hit the wall–unless we take the wheel and press the brake to the floorboard. If we fail to do this now, people we know and love, or those who would have been our great-great grands, will suffer a world broken by our failure to stop the machine in time. I have no doubt about this whatsoever. Do you? It’s a hard thing to make yourself accept, but you must. We must.
And perhaps we will not, after all,Â fail to stop it. The brakes are already being pushed by a million feet and the numbers are growing. People who say STOP are not technophobes; they are not Luddites; they are not starry-eyed tree-hugger romantics who want to destroy the economy and live in caves.
They are ordinary people who have bothered to look and are terribly disturbed by the facts on the ground–by the trends in all the measures that tell us we can’t continue business as usual. We can’t build the future on what has worked in the past. The end of the carbon era must come soon, and that divestment must begin NOW.
That divestment from carbon will receive a special focus during Global Divestment Day (Feb 13 and 14).Â At least watch the short video and bookmark the link.
Fossil Free — Global Divestment Day
Some (hopefully a lot) of those ordinary people are saying NO to fracked-methane interestate pipelines across the Blue Ridge Mountains. And in this, they are also saying NO to another three decades of additional atmospheric insult and YES to the right for communities to veto large infrastructure projects that place their land, water and way of life at risk while all the gains go to the corporate suits and their politician poodles.
There are incredibly urgent issues of social and environmental justice at stake. Let’s do what’s RIGHT for people on the ground, not what’s best for shareholders who hold no stake in our future.Â Don’t be silent any longer. See you (bundled well against the cold wind) on Thursday at the Country Store at noon?
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