The GOP may not be willing to fight for our planet, but Kathleen Dean Moore and SueEllen Campbell had the most powerful list of reasons to fight for this planet that I have ever read. I am sending it to Rep. Townsend who was unimpressed by yesterday’s expert testimony to the House Energy, Environment and Natural Resources Committee.
Kathleen Dean Moore and SueEllen Campbell’s passionate and powerful plea for all of us to unceasingly advocate for our planet is provided at the bottom of this post. It should be read by everyone, as it provides the most compelling reasons for why we must fight for this planet that I have ever read. It is actually hard to read through without breaking into tears. It warrants being shared with everyone you know as not only does it provide a motivation for fighting for climate justice, but for fighting for all forms of justice. And it provides a clear reason for engaging in the Roundhouse and joining the Statewide Rapid Response Network. Please share this post and JOIN the Response Network.
Compelling Expert Testimony at Roundhouse Leaves GOP Leader Unmoved. We Have a Powerful Response
David Gutzler, a professor at the University of New Mexico and member of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, delivered unflinching testimony yesterday to the members of the House Energy, Environment and Natural Resources Committee. Gutzler told members that:.
- The mountains outside Albuquerque will look like the mountains outside El Paso by the end of the century if current trends continue,.
- There will not be any snowpack in the mountains above Santa Fe by the end of the century,
- We have already seen more land burned by wildfires, partly because of changes in forest management and partly because of climate change,
- Water supply will be negatively affected in what is already an arid state.
“It’s real. It’s happening. We see it in the data. … This is not hypothetical in any way. This is real and we would be foolish to ignore it,” Gutzler said.
The professor warned lawmakers that the state must get serious about greenhouse gas emissions now by expanding clean energy sources and mitigating the societal costs of moving away from fossil fuels. That cost, though, will be a sticking point for Republicans. Many of them represent southeastern New Mexico and the Four Corners, where oil and mining are big industries.
House Minority Leader Jim Townsend, R-Artesia, questioned what one state of just 2 million people can really do to tackle a global issue. “What we do within our state would have no impact aside from harming our constituents today,” Townsend said, arguing the issue requires global leadership. Well, Rep. Townsend, we have a response that was written by Kathleen Dean Moore and SueEllen Campbell. It is as powerful and personal an appeal as I have ever read. I am sending the message below to Rep. Townsend. If you care to, here is his Roundhouse email address. firstname.lastname@example.org
Why do we keep doing this climate work?
- Because we are not doomed, as long as we act. A world in which we do everything we can to restrain climate change barely resembles one in which we do nothing. We won’t like the first world, but we might not survive in the second.
- Because I want to be the kind of person who doesn’t give up on important jobs. You don’t do what’s right because you think it might get you something. You do it because it’s right. That’s what integrity is — doing what you believe in, even if it won’t save the world.
- Because I won’t walk away from the hurting world any more than I will walk away from my mother as she grows old and frail and sometimes confused. I love her and owe her and have a duty to her and admire her and enjoy her company.
- Because I promised my newborn children: I will always love you. I will keep you safe. I will give you the world. I didn’t mean, I will give you whatever is left scattered and torn on the table after the great cosmic going-out-of-business sale. I said, I will give you this beautiful, life-sustaining, bird-graced world.
- Because everybody knows what we have to do. It isn’t as though the world is waiting for some technological breakthrough or divine revelation. We just need to stop setting carbon on fire.
- Because climate change is unjust. It threatens the greatest violation of human rights the world has ever seen. But injustice is cowardly and fragile; it crumbles when people stand up for what is right.
- Because we have so much to lose, and so much left to save — everything from birdsong to our own sorry souls.
- Because we don’t want to be free riders, taking advantage of the actions, often sacrifices, of those who step up. If we avoid planetary ruin, if we find better ways to live, it will be because of the courage of those who act.
- Because failing to act is worse than neutral. It’s saying that this climate disruption is no big deal — exactly the message fossil-fuel corporations and complicit governments want to convey. If we don’t respond to the emergency, we become part of the storm itself.
- Because I am wearing my Dad’s rubber boots. They are too big for me, but my own are old and torn. So I am walking in the boots he wore at the edge of all the marshes he defended until the day he died. If you are walking in the shoes of a hero, you can’t exactly turn back.
- Because I can’t and therefore don’t have to solve the whole problem alone. I only have to help where and how I can. So many good people are in this fight with us — in governments around the world, in businesses, in states and towns and neighborhoods and churches. They are smart and experienced and empowered by a vision of a planet redeemed.
- Because I believe, and choose to believe, that in this emergency, as in every emergency, more of us will come out to help each other than will rush in to exploit and loot.
- Because despair is lonely and useless while climate action is full of friendship, satisfaction, and glee — you get to hang out with people who care as much as you do and act with the same remorseless resolve. Taking action is the only real cure for hopelessness. It feels good, and important, like you’re not wasting your life on small things.
I would say that while Moore and Campbells’s comments are most germane to climate change, they have implications for most all of our MUST PASS bills. Climate justice, economic justice, social justice, racial justice, they are all inter-related just as the elements of this earth are inter-related. There is urgency in addressing all suffering and there is no one but us–or better yet–you who can do this work.
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We can do this because we have no choice.
Paul & Roxanne