Ardent Eden

Ardent Eden is a place to explore my thoughts about the interdependence of life - humanity and nature - and to engage with others for collective problem-solving.

Thursday, December 01, 2005

Get on Board

People get ready, there's a train a-comin'. You don't need no baggage, you just get on board. - Curtis Mayfield

Isn't it interesting how little we've heard about the UN's Climate Change Conference in Montreal? Isn't it interesting that the administration put out a handy read at home guide to the Iraq war this week? I'm not a conspiracy theorist by any stretch (well, on a bad day I could be convinced that there are some pretty shady dealings going on behind the curtain at the White House...), but the timing of these kinds of things always seems a bit suspect to me. Anyway, we know that the media do a great job of keeping the debate going about whether global warming exists despite overwhelming scientific proof that it not only exists, it's getting worse with each passing day. We know that our personal choices do make a difference in the fate of our planet, especially when the decisions relate to how we heat our home, what kind of car we drive, how much time we spend behind the wheel, and what kind of food we eat. We also know that without broad-based pressure on the very structure of global corporatism, we're going to have a hard time sleeping at night knowing that our children and their children will have to live with our reticence.

So it's good to see this MSNBC article about the protests and activism scheduled for this Saturday, December 3rd. Most of the events are being organized by the Climate Crisis Coalition and many will be in Montreal. But events are being held around the country and around the world. Check here to see if there is an action planned for your area.

While many see demonstrations and public actions as a relic of the Vietnam era, hitting the streets is crucial for reminding anyone who's listening in Washington that the debate is over and the time to act is now. Global warming is not a distant problem that Americans don't care about. It's real. It's happening now. And it's our responsibility to fight like hell to stop it.


  • At 1:28 PM, Blogger Laurie said…

    It certainly was news to me. I get a lot of email from the different environmental groups, and it soared right past me. I'll admit that I'm not the brightest bulb on the tree when it comes to keeping up with current events, though.

  • At 4:47 PM, Blogger lauren said…

    We were traveling over the weekend so we weren't able to attend any of the events. I'd be interested to hear if anyone did go to one of them.


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