As world leaders converge for the UN’s global summit on climate and thousands gather in New York for the People’s Climate March, Bill talks to 18-year-old Oregonian Kelsey Juliana, who is walking across America to draw attention to global warming.
Kelsey Juliana comes by her activism naturally – her parents met in the 1990’s while fighting the logging industry’s destruction of old growth forests and she attended her first protest when she was two months old.
Now just out of high school, she’s co-plaintiff in a major lawsuit being spearheaded by Our Children’s Trust that could force the state of Oregon to take a more aggressive stance against the carbon emissions warming the earth and destroying the environment. She’s walking across America as part of the Great March for Climate Action, due to arrive in Washington, DC, on November 1.
More information and photos at Bill Moyers--Climate Change the Next Generation
I doubt there are many other 18-year-old girls (or boys for that matter) that convey such an articulate, informed stature. She makes a very good presentation and case for "climate justice". If you did not see it, take time to read the transcript or watch it online. I think you will be surprised.
We should all be glad that some parents and some educators can still turnout kids that help renew faith in the current younger generation.
And, sort of related to the urgency of the above related to climate change, this afternoon, SDPB-TV ran a show on the extinction of the passenger pigeon. In less than 28 years, millions (or billions) of passenger pigeons were gone. The movie is titled "From Billions to One." This is a cautionary tale. Bison approached such a near extinction, but were saved. Now, there is an attempt to regenerate passenger pigeons from their DNA.
Our continued use of fossil fuels and failure to develope solar and wind energy resources have the potential to make humans and all other mammal life extinct in the world. Some scientists, both theoretical and boots on the ground, are claiming that we might be in an irreversible decline if governments do not act very soon.
A few links follow: NASA-Funded study--Industrial society headed for irreversible collapse? Another link with comment on same study
The nub of the idea:
The report stressed, however, that the worst-case scenario of collapse is not inevitable, and called on action now from the so-called real world “Elites” to restore economic balance.
“Collapse can be avoided and population can reach equilibrium if the per capita rate of depletion of nature is reduced to a sustainable level, and if resources are distributed in a reasonably equitable fashion,” the scientists said.
It is time we all realized that it is not a fairy tale that the sky may really be falling. The climate change deniers and the fundamentalist religious assumption that only God influences climate are dangerous to our species very existence. Some of the US established religions are demonstrating concern however. Faith Groups and Climate A Pastoral Message on Climate Change.
***Stay tuned, but beware retrograde partisans ignorant of science and/or pandering to the fossil-fuels industries (Such as Thune, Rounds, & Noem-- Doug Wiken