Do you ever wake up at night and wonder what in the hell is going on with our country? We are living in a time when Americas no longer respect one another, where the wealthiest demand even more and those below the poverty line stretch out at intersections all across our land.
The environment is the where modern day criminal activity is not just the norm but sanctioned by the leaders of the Republican Party, this so-called President and perhaps most shockingly by close to a solid 40% of all Americans.
How can 40% of Americans want filthy water, fouled air and the destruction of our National Parks and Monuments? How can they sit by and allow wolves and bears to be killed in their dens. What must they think as a trillion pound chunk of ice breaks away in Antarctica? Do they relish coal miners before clean energy, drilling on our wildest lands over solar power?
For 40% of America, the answer sadly, seems to be yes.
Which makes me wonder, has close to half our nation recently completed a lobotomy? For if you cannot see or understand the reality that our planet is facing, if you cannot clearly understand the collapsing ecosystems, the sixth great extinction of wildlife and the very threats to humanity caused by such arrogant and reckless decision making. Then you are either suicidal, older and have no concern for the future or are religiously delusional enough to think we will be bailed out by a higher power. All of the above paint a portrait of ignorance.
For 40% of America it is time to be schooled and moved away from the perch of their self-induced genocide. For the other 60% of us, we simply want and deserve a clean, healthy and sustainable planet and we want it now!
Joe Scarborough made a valid point is his recent Washington Post op-ed. In it he made the case that both political parties are in their own death spiral and the actions by the Republican Party directed at former President Obama have laid a course of action that makes a bi-partisan approach to governance a thing of the past. What may change that is the election of a third party to power and ultimately the White House.
What is abundantly clear is that Republican control of our country is allowing the destruction of our environment at an alarming rate and is no longer sustainable for even one four year term.
In less than 200 days, they have placed people in positions of control at EPA and Interior that welcome the oil and gas industry, are moving to open critical areas of the Arctic, eastern waters and our public lands to dangerous and life threatening drilling. They are working to undermine the Endangered Species Act so that more pesticides can be used across our lands and methane release to our air will be sanctioned to make profit a higher value than human life. The list is depressing and sadly endless.
Our President has embarrassed us internationally on Climate Change and signaled that America no longer wants to be a leader and has given China the keys to controlling a clean energy future.
It must be repeated, every Republican President since Reagan has promoted environmental policies that have led us to this moment and Democrats have led passively on the environment despite the positive headlines and moves that while important, could have been far stronger.
For the 40% to wake up will require our economy to crumble, for that remains the only way for this group to understand that electing Donald Trump President does not entitle them to a personal plane, that destroying the environment does not afford them a second home, that ignoring Climate Change is not wisdom, but a dust bowl dance with death. Betting big on coal is not the future, but a relic of our dirty past.
What that 40% needs more powerfully is a sense of a shared community. The reality is that we need to act not with selfishness, but with shared understanding that we have only one planet and the future of life itself is in the balance. We need people in the rust belt to understand that the West and their lands and waters are owned by them even if they live in an apartment. People often ask me if I own land, my response “close to 640 million acres, and I have not mentioned water!”
You see this land is truly our land, this air is our air and this water is the life giving force we all share. Getting 40% of America to appreciate the concept of a shared inheritance for their children, must breakthrough the chaos of right wing radio and blowtorch of industry advertising.
By getting them off the couch to breath the air and walk on the trails that open our mind and heart to the world of wildness and life, remains vital to our shared future.
Educating them on our public lands is vital.
Breaking the lobotomy of ignorance remains the biggest challenge to the future of our planet.
But break it we must.
Bold Visions is working to secure funding to travel to the rust belt and east coast to educate the public about our public lands and make them understand these lands belong to all Americans. Give them a sense of the agencies and their work and the politics of the West.
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