While scientists and environmentalists are well intentioned with their daily projections of our not so distant future dystopian world order and subsequent extinction it can put a real damper on the day. The struggles of our grandparents can seem downright quaint in today’s post climate change world… the age old mantra “life goes on” a phrase twenty somethings of today might wear ironically on their t-shirts.
Can you blame them? The daily challenge of survival is no longer limited to ourselves as individuals, our individual communities or even entire populations but now encompasses every last one of us, including all future generations and/or the lack thereof. It’s enough to make you throw your recycling bin in the trash can.
The answer? I have no idea. But I am inclined to think that a very good start would be for all of us to run to the bookstore or the internet and grab a copy of The World We Made, an imaginary memoir written in the year 2050 by history teacher Alex McKay. The author, Jonathon Porritt, who just returned from the World Future Energy Summit in Abu Dhabi is a founding member of The Forum for The Future, an environmentalist and no lightweight in the scientific and technology community. This green futurist believes that we already have the technology to create a sustainable, progressive world in which environmental, economic and social advances are shared, maintained and enjoyed by all. The catch? We must also believe that this is doable. It’s fundamental. If we don’t collectively believe that it is doable it simply won’t get done.
I’m in. I’m gonna get the book. And I’m gonna believe. How about you?
“The World We Made presents a credible vision of the world in 2050 – a world that is connected, collaborative and genuinely sustainable. This is the biggest thing I’m working on at the moment. We simply have to change the ‘mood music’ in terms of the way people feel about sustainability, and that means that everything we do in Forum for the Future is about positive solutions to today’s converging sustainability challenges.” Jonathon Porritt, Author of The World We Made
“In a world where doom and gloom surrounds us everywhere, Jonathon Porritt shows us that another future is possible. . . Jonathon is arguably more responsible for helping to create that positive future than anyone I know.” Jeffrey Hollender, Co-founder of Seventh Generation and Co-chair of Greenpeace US
Yeah, yeah. I know the Koch brothers are bad guys. I know they’re oil guys. I know they’re bajillionaires.
But, like a lot of us, do I really understand all the what, where, why and hows? Admittedly, I do not. And that’s exactly how the Koch brothers want it. Ignorance, after all, is bliss. Unfortunately bliss, in this case, is theirs alone.
So I did a little research on them. In a nutshell, here is what I learned: every single person on this planet needs to understand exactly what this two headed monster is doing to every single one of us every single day – and we need to understand now.
It’s common knowledge that in this fast paced, digital world we are more likely to read or engage in something that is bite size and easy to digest. We prefer bullet points to paragraphs, the synopsis to the full story. We want to be briefed. And that brief had better be brief.
That being said, what better way to grab the world’s attention and help get the word out on these guys than with a quick, clever blurb paired with a single, yet powerful, image?
Which leaves me in the conundrum of how to convey that terrifying machine that is the Koch brothers in fun size. A conundrum in which I must remain as it is simply not possible to cut to the chase on these guys… their reach is that vast, their targets that permeated, their influence that prolific.
So in order to have a rudimentary understanding of who is ruining everything for everybody and how they are doing it you are going to have to watch this extremely insightful and equal parts frightening FULL LENGTH (that means 55 minutes!) documentary. And this is just the tip of the iceberg.
So belly up and hit the play button because if ignorance is bliss, knowledge is power. And we’re gonna need a whole lot of that if we’re gonna have a fighting chance against these two.
From Brave New Foundation, Koch Brothers Exposed
Even Mark Zuckerman needs friends. A few years back, Greenpeace and a whole lot of Mark’s friends asked the Facebook founder, via this rather adorable video, to stop his plans to power his Oregon data center with coal.
20 months later he did just that. And today Facebook continues to do the right thing…
Frack. Such a dirty word. We should really be replacing that lone vowel with an asterick. Forget f*ck (so passe), the new expletive (as inferred by Rolling Stone magazine, Bill McKibben and hopefully one day extremely soon our President) is fr*ck.
To be used as any other expletive, for example: fr*ck you, fr*ck me, fr*ck that.
Now read the fr*cking article Obama and Climate Change: The Real Story as featured in Rolling Stone Magazine.
Can it really be 20 years since Long Live Earth was first published?
The first time around I wanted this book to make a difference. Judging from the thoughtful letters that I received from kids all over the world (who are now, no doubt, progressive thinking young adults like my son Ben, now 24) I believe it did.
But this time I’m hopeful that Long Live Earth will make an ever BIGGER difference as we have now reached a truly critical moment in our fight against global warming and climate change. There is simply no time to lose. That’s why I will be donating a portion of all pre-ordered book proceeds to 350.org, an amazing global grassroots movement committed to solving the climate crisis. More specifics TBD, but if you don’t already know 350.org then it’s definitely time to check them out. My target date to begin taking pre-orders for the Anniversary edition of Long Live Earth is October 16. I sincerely hope you will come back over in mid October to pre-order Long Live Earth for you and yours (and in doing also support 350.org!). In the meantime click on the link below and check out some really informative, inspiring videos:
Long Live our Children!