Left Coast Voices

"I would hurl words into the darkness and wait for an echo. If an echo sounded, no matter how faintly, I would send other words to tell, to march, to fight." Richard Wright, American Hunger

Trying to Move the Climate Stalemate

Neil Goldberg’s excellent post on Monday frustrated me.Millions of people displaced by rising water isn’t a major world issue? I started to do my own search and while more is appearing on the Internet, it seemed either too scientific (for me at least), too confusing or politically vague. One site that did stand out is Planet Change.

I did find this interview helpful and have included it here. Listen to the Good Cop, Bad Cop question (or rather the answer).

Despite Miles Austin’s optimism (not the Dallas Cowboys player), I can’t help wondering why there is no sense of urgency. Does it dull people’s senses to discuss 2020 or 2050? The reality is that the problem is so huge in magnitude that we have very little time and just reaching a global consensus seems too difficult to reach.

Have I missed anything? Anyone out there in the blogosphere have a ray of optimism to glean from the crumbs thrown down by the UN Climate Conference?


Alon Shalev is the author of The Accidental Activist and A Gardener’s Tale. He is the Executive Director of the San Francisco Hillel Foundation, a non-profit that provides spiritual and social justice opportunities to Jewish students in the Bay Area. More on Alon Shalev at http://www.alonshalev.com/ and on Twitter (#alonshalevsf).

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