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Rearranging Fiddles

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I’m sorry to lead off with a fresh version of being a “Debby-Downer” but reports on my radio during the commute home yesterday left me feeling like we are all just playing fiddles and rearranging deck chairs while Rome is burning and the Titanic is sinking.

There were multiple topics that wracked my sensibilities but the kicker was a statement –the umpteenmillionth from climate scientists– that we need to take action RIGHT NOW! to avert global climate calamity, or else.

Yep. We sure do. Meanwhile, all the fossil-fuel-burning cars around me, mine included, just kept driving down the road. Coal-burning power plants kept burning. The lights stayed on. Factories kept churning. Politicians towed their party lines.

Honestly, it sounded like the siren call that should have tripped some magical trigger forcing everyone to stop the runaway train right now. Instantly jump us all back to the early days of the industrial revolution and use present-day knowledge to solve the challenges of replacing old ways with new ones.

Instead, the way we are going, the poorest people are paying the brunt of costs during this gradual intensifying of impactful events going on around the world in the form of heatwaves, drought, fires, and floods.

It just feels so wrong to keep carrying on with normal activity while we are sinking/burning.

At the same time, it also feels wrong to mope about it, so that challenge is available to address in the face of the slow catastrophe unfolding across the world. There are people devising brilliant alternatives for the things that contribute to the climate crisis. We need to grab the threads of these alternatives and inflate the possibilities of change for the better.

Set down our fiddles, leave the deck chairs as they are.

Let’s replace old ways with new ones without waiting for countries and governments to lead us to action.

I’ll be turning down the radio during the stories about global warming for while.

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Written by johnwhays

October 6, 2021 at 6:00 am

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  1. I think it is time you start listening to some classic rock on your commute.

    “We didn’t start the fire
    It was always burning, since the world’s been turning
    We didn’t start the fire
    No, we didn’t light it, but we’re trying to fight it”

    We all can do our part to reduce our use of fossil fuels by either making less daily commutes or riding our bicycles for shorter trips
    (yes i did change Billy’s lyrics to what I always thought they were)

    acyclist13

    October 6, 2021 at 7:27 am

  2. Be carful what you are consuming, the world is not as bad as the media claims, no matter which media source you choose to listen to. I can tell you with complete confidence that good things are happening all around us. Find the good, be the good. You can not save the world on your own, but you can do good in your little world and that will ripple out. Sending positive love your way. Take Care.

    mngrazer

    October 6, 2021 at 6:24 am


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