the fateful year of 2012 is on the horizon…
a hurricane rips up the East Coast, leaving 5 million without power, and billions of dollars worth of damage in its wake;
and dictators who have held sway for 30 years or more in the Middle East are run out of town.
As the debt crisis of the Western world continues, Exxon Mobil opens up new drilling potential in the Russian Arctic worth 500 billion dollars, of which almost nothing will be taxed, while schools lay off teachers, states lay off workers, and municipalities have trouble paying for basic services like road maintenance.
At least we have our iPads and iPhones!
For those able to connect the dots, it is no accident that a major hurricane hit the East Coast this week–given that the ocean is hotter than it’s ever been, thanks to global warming. More storms like that, and worse, are on the way! The question is, WILL WE CONNECT THE DOTS????
And more: Can we have a world in which we continue to enjoy our luxuries–a hot shower in the morning, easy internet access, refrigeration and supermarkets full of food–without having to pay any price?
Like anyone of my generation (I was born in 1962) I want to believe that the world I’ve always known will always be here for me.
I know this.
What am I going to do about it?
Mark Hertsgaard and others have said very clearly that individual sacrifice or change is not the answer for the planet. The planet needs us to stand up and agitate for her, to take risks, to be bold.
Lately I’ve been reading about even more radical steps one might take. Our government might call these steps eco-terrorism. I might call them standing up for what is right.
In Deep Green Resistance, Aric McBay, Derrick Jensen and Lierre Keith outline a full spectrum of productive resistance to the planet-killing powers that be, from “propaganda”–ie, what I’m doing now–to actually going out and blowing up dams or cell towers.
I am reading on, taking it in. Do I have it in me to become an eco-terrorist? Me, a sheltered girl from Park Avenue?
We’ll see! Tune in next week…..