With New York City's mass transit literally underwater, we have been reminded (and will continue to be reminded while the subways are pumped), that the climate crisis is real, even though the mainstream ("lamestream") media and politicians alike ignore the facts. The facts that have washed ashore and washed away the shores up and down the east coast the past two days. What is it about humankind that it can't respect the world and its resources that we "use and abuse" on a daily basis?
Perhaps Bill Maher said it best in a tweet upon Sandy's arrival:
Maher's off-the-cuff missive made me think about Baptist-environmentalist Wendell Berry's comment, in "God, Science, and Imagination," that "the dualisms of the body and soul, heaven and earth, too prominent among the religious, have been damaging both to people ad to the world, for that division has made it easy to withhold the necessary protections from material things." In other (yes, slightly extreme) words, why give a fuck about this planet since there's an "afterlife," ammi right, super-zealots?
I am beyond cross at the federal government, at both Romney and Obama, and at humans in general for treating the earth like a big rubbish bin. Beyond. Obama has shown no love to the EPA and Romney wants to get rid of it altogether.
I know people have an innate inability to think "long-term." Give me money (in the form of tax breaks) NOW! Who cares about education, our health, or our planet?
Over at 350.org, a fantastic environmental website dedicate to increasing awareness about the climate crisis we have only begun to see, there's a brilliant video by Bill McKibben,meteorologist Jeff Masters, and Climate Scientist Greg Jones on how the climate crisis is manifest in the increasingly devastating weather we've had over the past couple of years:
Wake up people. Seriously.