Question: Hey! Why the emphasis on voting now, you are usually posting about the climate crisis?
Answer: It is extremely important that one realizes that unless we vote in Democrats across the board then our hope of securing a safe and stable planet for our children will be extremely diminished. We cannot allow this to happen, we must not. Regardless what you do for a living or where you stand politically it is imperative that we stand united at this time in history for our childrens future. Period!
So for many of us the 2020 Elections represent viable ‘Climate Action’ and solidarity with our children and their concern for their future. We must also immediately after taking back our government from both corruption and unfettered greed must see to it that justice is one of the very first arrangements offered to the people.
This quoted excerpt outlines this point very clearly:
The bottom line is this: As we get clean, we have got to get fair. More than that, as we get clean, we can begin to redress the founding crimes of our nations: Land theft, genocide, slavery. Yes, the hardest stuff. Because we haven’t just been procrastinating climate action all these years. We’ve been procrastinating and delaying the most basic demands of justice and reparation. And we are out of time on every front.
All this should be done because it’s right and just, but also because it’s smart. The hard truth is: Environmentalists can’t win the emission-reduction fights on our own. It’s not a slight against anyone; the life is just too heavy. This transformation represents a revolution in how we live, work, and consume.
To win that kind of change, it will take powerful alliances with every arm of the progressive coalition: trade unions, migrant rights, Indigenous rights, housing rights, transit, teachers, nurses, doctors, artists. To change everything, it takes everyone.
And to build that kind of coalition, it’s got to be about justice: economic justice, racial justice, gender justice, migrant justice, historical justice. Not as afterthoughts but as animating principles. That will only happen when we take real leadership from those most impacted. – Naomi Klein, Excerpt from her book; ‘ON FIRE – The (Burning) Case for a GREEN NEW DEAL’
For those that have yet to view this documentary, I strongly suggest that one of our very first homework assignment therefor is to watch ‘The Great Hack‘ on Netflix.
Climate Emergency in regards to the upcoming Elections (and overall politics) is not a polarized entity, even Republicans have children thus the Climate Emergency requires telling the special interest to pack their bags and hit the road.
Please let us educate ourselves so we do not get played again (for those that did in previous elections). Every advertisement we come across can be a tool to either mislead or manipulate us to vote this or that way, or worse yet, not to vote at all. In the coming election, the only wise vote that is a necessity is to vote for a Democrat (I spelled out why at beginning of this document).
So please let us not make the total sum of our elections decisions based entirely on advertisements we see on social media, advertisements, and/or other places, instead let us learn about each candidate. Listen to them and see where their passion and ideology live. There is usually a consistency to their messages and their past and current actions will match these. This is a good criterion as now it is very necessary to vote wisely due to the Climate Emergency.
Let us take Elizabeth Warren as an example. If you listen to her, note her history as a senator, and understand where she is coming from one sees that she is focused entirely at the root of the problem, which is greed and corruption. She has a track record of action based on her career which matches her dialogue consistently.)
“Few will have the greatness to bend history itself, but each of us can work to change a small portion of events. It is from numberless diverse acts of courage and belief that human history is shaped. Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope, and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring those ripples build a current which can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance.” – Robert F. Kennedy
Now regarding the Climate Emergency, due to various reasons and understandable situations, many of us might not be able to stand in front of pipelines, homes, buildings, in offices, and venues (like many of the climate fighters currently do) yet it does not mean we cannot take part in the transition towards a safe and stable climate.
Do not think for once that being labeled an arm-chair activist is something degrading or negative.
Hey! As long as you are taking some type of action wherever you are then you are good to go. The best causes of being an arm-chair activist are our actions in registering to vote and encouraging others to do likewise. There are a numerous amount of efforts we can do from our homes (computers or otherwise).
We can as arm-chair activist start a phone, social media, email, and text movement to encourage others to register to vote. Hey! Actually it is not taking action at all that equals being complicit which is then considered being an inactive or lazy arm-chair activist. Doing activities from the arm-chair, sort of speak keeps additional CO2 from being added after-all.
All of us share the exact same responsibility which is to vote at the all elections, which in many states require obtaining an ID or jumping through other hoops. We have to be pretty much on the same page and vote Democrat just this once. If it takes efforts then we have to be self-responsible and strict with ourselves to make the necessary steps to make this happen. We are not telling you how to vote however due to the current Climate Emergency it does not take a rocket scientist to clearly see which candidate is making this a priority in the campaign.
To highlight the gravity of how severe this Climate Emergency is or rather heading please check out this book excerpt:
Climate Change has become such a familiar term that we tend to read past it—it’s part of our mental furniture, like urban sprawl or gun violence. So, let’s remember exactly what we’ve been up to, because it should fill us with awe; it’s by far the biggest thing humans have ever done. Those of us in the fossil fuel—consuming classes have, over the last two hundred years, dug up immense quantities of coal and gas and oil, and burned them: in car motors, basement furnaces, power plants, steel mills. When we burn them, the carbon atoms combine with oxygen atoms in the air to produce carbon dioxide. The molecular structure of carbon dioxide traps heat that would otherwise have radiated back out to space. We have, in other words, changed the energy balance of our planet, the amount of the sun’s heat that is returned to space. Those of us who burn lots of fossil fuel have changed the way the world operates, fundamentally.
The scale of this change is the problem. If we just burned a little bit of fossil fuel, it wouldn’t matter. But we’ve burned enough to raise the concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere from 275 parts per million to 400 parts per million in the course of two hundred years. We’re on our way, on the present trajectory, to 700 parts per million or more. Because none of us knows what a “part per million’ feels like, let me put it in other terms. The extra heat that we trap near the planet because of the carbon dioxide we’re spewed is equivalent to the heat from 400,000 Hiroshima-sized bombs every day, or for each second.6 – Bill McKibben, excerpt from his book Falter – Has the Human Game Begun to Play Itself Out?
Heck we can think of the Democrats coming into office this year and next as Democratic Green Socialist or better yet Democratic Climate Socialist. The important thing is that we-the-people which is majority need to be in solidarity which means first registering to vote, then voting Democrat, while encouraging others to vote (second Homework Assignment). Again, for various understandable reasons we might not be able to protest at different events and that is OK, yet VOTING is us wielding a weapon against injustice, it is protesting at one of the highest level.
To Latinos that have voting power:
If you see Latinos here and there you will notice they are bold, proudly embrace their culture like no other, cherish and share their food and welcome others like family wherever they go. They represent millions of strong voting individuals in the mainland United States and with pride come their tendency not to forget whatever wrongdoing has been done to them.
The coming elections will definitely see their moral revenge in action when they in mass vote for Democrats. Latinos never forget injustice as it is their battle yell.
Now if you are Latino there is no excuse and this is not my trying to instill guilt what-so-ever. It is about supporting those who are living in hellish conditions and by our voting for Democrats will help to expedite rebuilding and various other types of support. For us Latinos this is moral revenge (which equates to a peaceful action using a powerful weapon–our vote).
Again Latinos never forget injustice, like many other Latinos I learned this first hand from my mother as well. We owe it to our brothers, sisters, and families that were the brunt of severe injustice. Kick Ass and vote Democrat! No Excuse!
To the Boricua please support our island now more than ever by voting Democrat as this will cement much more needed support as opposed to the visible apathy that we see. When my dad saw that man throwing paper-towels at us he cried, saying it felt like it was a pitiful statement such as; ‘toma pa que no lloldas mas’.
’Enough of this bullshit already! The planet is burning up and some of the ones in power (and government office) but lacking moral strength seem to also lack backbone as well! Time to change this reality – feel me?
This is why the important thing is that we register to vote and be on the same page. The goal is to clean out our government, to take it back by voting out all the useless waste once and for all.
As a civilization we should be more compassionate, more advanced and much more involved in the expedited mechanisms and effects of the Green New Deal (see GEM #3), and SDGs, which symbolizes climate change adaptation, solutions, mitigation, mobilization, etc… Once again to all the environmentalist, arm-chair activist (like moi), students that can vote and everyone else, please keep in mind our homework assignment which is abundantly clear:
1. Register to Vote!
2. Encourage others to vote!
Not only vote for a Democrat but vote for a Democrat that does not accept funds from special interest and vote for those who are not fearful of working towards making Global Climate Change issues a priority!
NOW everything written above is before I read towards the end of Chapter Two of the book; ‘UNPRECEDENTED CRIME’ (previously).
It highlights the financial power and the very dangerous intimidation tactics of those behind the damage that is currently being caused to our humanity. I became really frightened reading this part, I now see that strongly standing up for renewable energy and educating others of the benefit and urgency can have the effect of inviting fierce opposition. But stand up to them we must.
Even though it takes courage to stand up to injustice of this magnitude (those with the power can ruin lives by using various methods to discredit us) it cannot be overstated that this is what we must do.
We must continue to speak out, especially when we see children. Many of us feel like this is our destiny or mission, as we are deeply driven by a desire that cannot always be explained. With our underlying motivation being from the realism of our efforts are not for financial gain, yet more from the continuance of our humanity.
In the news there was something mentioned that this or that action will cause the democrats to lose the elections, in my defense I have no idea what I was listening to but heard that part. For-your-information, do not buy into any of this crap, this is total bullshit – let us not believe these lies anymore, as we-the-people are the ones who decide who is voted into office or not. We decide, not that transparent manipulative rhetoric crap that is being espoused through some of those being interviewed, advertisements, the media, or other sources (hint, hint).
We all must be arm-chair activist of action as opposed to arm-chair activist of inaction. We all must not fear being intimidated from facing injustice no matter how powerful or much money it represents. We must not allow the special interest’s hired-hands or breadcrumb-grabbers to discourage us from what needs to be done. Period! Our children and their future depend on this.
I had the fortune to come face to face several times with some of these knuckle-daggers (Climate Deniers/Anti-Science individuals and groups) and I can say with confidence that it only served to strengthen my conviction and help me transform for the better. I hope one day they also will eventually wake up from their greed induced state or delusion.
No more will it be about those in power calling the shots, it is us—the people deciding through our collective voting power, we must not be the chained elephant anymore. Let us use our legal strength and power which is to vote!
Climate Change Community is definitely no stranger to struggle, adversity, intimidation (still to this day), and harsh treatment yet these very realities are exactly what is causing Climate Change Community to become stronger and solid as a rock. It terms of where do we go from here, it is always back to the basics of self-improvement and self-education.
May I also suggest obtaining a copy of ‘UNPRECEDENTED CRIME’.
Here is an excerpt from this books review:
Our society spends an enormous amount of time, energy, and money to deal with crimes of various types, such as the potential crimes studied by the Mueller Investigation, and rightly so. But however serious these crimes turn out to be, they will not compare with the seriousness of the crimes against the climate – which means, crimes against us, our children, our grandchildren, and eventually the human race and life in general. And yet there have been no comparable investigations of the major climate criminals – such as the CEOs of ExxonMobil, which did more than any other corporation to promote climate denial, even though ExxonMobil’s scientists had warned the front office decades ago about what the continued burning of petroleum and natural gas would do to the climate. Equally responsible are the bosses of the major media corporations, which have hidden the seriousness of global warming from the general public. – David R. Griffin, ‘Unprecedented Crime’ book review.
Since my friend is reading this, here is the answer to your question:
How much energy comes from the sun?
At any given time, there is a massive 16,300 kW of solar energy arriving on the Earth’s surface for every person in the world6. That’s enough for each of us to bring an Olympic swimming pool to the boil every day.
Most of this energy lands on the sea, where it is largely out of the reach of humans. Under a third strikes the Earth’s land area. That is still around two thousand times more than we use and enough for each of us on the planet to permanently have 2700 kettles on the go all the time, or around ten times the energy required to have the global population permanently in flight8. Plenty of energy, you would think, not just for us but for an abundance of other plant and animal life. – Mike Berners-Lee, There is No Planet B – A handbook for the Make or Break Years.
One point about the Green New Deal, I am currently reading 3 books on the subject and must tell you immediately my hope for the future increases each and every time I educate myself about the Green New Deal. There is obviously campaign going to discredit the Green New Deal. One can just do an article or video search for verification of this.
The Green New Deal is absolutely a brilliant and amazing potential prospect. At the grass root-level we can simply call it the Green Agreement as it has the potential to not create but transform what is absolutely killing us to that which will infuse a green life full of vitality and opportunity. It opens the door for the benefits of renewable energy.
It is not to be feared but created (through various initiatives – see GEM #3 when finished), understood, and implemented immediately. From what I have read already it is exactly what is needed to turn this gloomy fossil-fuel driven economy and infrastructure around where one starts realizing a safe and stable planet for our children and their future families.
(Excerpt from original 2020 disclaimer)
I personally would like to make one specific point to the supporters of our current president who really value what he says as face-value truth. The one aspect or commonality that I notice among all you supporters is the same exact thing that non-supporters have and that is a need or strengthening our ‘Hope’ – hope that all will be ok, hope that the future will be bright and hope that it will be rewarding. Hope that we will live in comfort and now worry about our health-care, jobs, and children’s future and on.
We in fact, have all this ‘Hope’ in common. All of us! However the results of having our hope’s fulfilled comes from solidarity, unified efforts and collectively working together and not from one person’s promise, whether Democrat or Republican. What is needed is a Green New Deal which fulfills just that and not empty words and promises that lead to bait-and-switch outcomes after elected.
The reason I say this is that the more I learn about the Green New Deal and other measures towards establishing a safe, stable and just society (climate) the more I realize that the future can be bright, safe and more if we just think about others, the children and most of all constantly think of ideas of how we can help, what we can offer and how we can be a part of these solutions, innovations and such that the Green New Deal provides opportunities to.
A word to those Climate-Deniers and Anti-Science groups; at this point if you are not seeing the writing on the wall and if you primarily motivated by distortion or table-crumbs of the greedy rich please consider that time will not be kind to you plus there is so much more to gain from self-education than to leave your mind filled by the unethical motivations of others. Those who are recruited into this camp and are paid to do this please know that your integrity and sense-of-purpose can be transformed or revived.
“Focus is a matter of deciding what things you’re not going to do.” – John Carmack
Another point I would like to also mention is that as I learn more about the Green New Deal, the more I have a stronger sense of optimism for the future, therefore I question those who condemn it without a solid source or evident for such. It is not at all or even close to those negative uneducated opinions and criticisms that you might hear. In fact, when you hear these criticisms, speak up and tell that person; ‘Where is your source from?’ or ‘what scientific evidence can you provide for your supposedly based fact?’ – do not hesitate to question as there should always be a scientific or professionally researched source and if they cannot provide it, then you then know they are speaking from a distorted or presumptuous direction.
Thank you for reading this blog post!