On April 29, My husband, daughter Clare, and I took part in the Climate March, assembling at the Capitol, and marching to the White House. The temperature reinforced the concept of climate change. It was 91 degrees, 96 with humidity, while the average temperature for April is 57! I got all sweaty, but it was for a good cause.
Beforehand we met up with a nationwide group of Unitarian Universalists at a café near the starting point, eating breakfast, exchanging information, girding loins, etc. We then position ourselves in the marching section called “Keepers of the Faith.” We were located behind the sections “Protectors of Justice,” “Creators of Sanctuary,” “Builders of Democracy,” “Guardians of the Future,” and “Defenders of Truth,” and ahead of “Reshapers of Power,” and “Many Struggles, One Home.” “Keepers of Faith” was a fun section, with live music ranging from a Jewish band playing klezmer music, to a hand cymbal/ drum ensemble, to a bagpiper. Our interfaith group, including Catholics, Unitarian Universalists, Muslims and Episcopalians many more, carried creative signs. My favorites: “If the environment were a bank, it would be saved by now”; “There is no Planet B”; "I'll believe companies are people when Texas executes one of them"; and a woman pushing a baby carriage with the sign “Bottle warming, not global warming.”
When we marched past Trump Tower, everybody shouted “Shame, shame,” and did so again at the White House. Unfortunately, if the last person who speaks to Donald before he announces his decision tells him to exit the Paris Agreement, we’re sunk.
Facts I learned: the solar and wind industries employ about three times as many workers as coal. The situation in coal can be compared to asbestos mines. They had to be shut down because asbestos was dangerous to people’s health. Telling coal miners we can bring back their jobs is disingenuous anyway, since the industry can’t compete financially with our own natural gas industry.
The map entitled "The world: 4 degrees C warmer" in the article linked to below SERIOUSLY scares me—and we’re on track to reach this by 2100 if we follow a “business as usual” model. Enlarge it (the fourth map down) so that you can read what it says. Basically, if the earth warmed that much, humans would be able to grow crops in southern Argentina, western Antarctica, Canada, Alaska, and northern Europe, including Russia—that’s pretty much it. The red areas show land that would be lost due to oceans rising: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2016/04/29/six-maps-that-will-make-you-rethink-the-world/?hpid=hp_rhp-top-table-main_6-maps-950a%3Ahomepage%2Fstory&utm_term=.4aea3a65c454
At the rate we’re going, 2/3 of the world’s species could be extinct by 2100. In my opinion, we don’t have four years to go backwards on the climate change issue. Planet Earth can do without humans and other living creatures, but living beings (except maybe those ultimate survivors, cockroaches) can’t do without the earth’s climate as we know it.