Sunday, January 6, 2008

on a serious note...


I'll admit it. I suffer from eco-anxiety, a concern for (and fear of) our environmental future. It started a while back as a mildly unsettled feeling when reading National Geographic and Scientific American articles; but, with the emergence of more data and increasingly clear scientific consensus on climate change, it has turned into flat-out worry.

I don't like politics and this is not a political blog. But. As I have been watching the debates and listening to the presidential candidates it strikes me that this next president will, realistically, have the last chance to avert catastrophic climate change. There is no longer time for us to wait out another administration apathetic to the environment. The challenge before us will be to elect someone who "gets it" and support the level of commitment needed to address this issue. Because if we don't, all other issues at some point become moot.

To see where the top six candidates stand on global warming, click here.

14 comments:

dust bunny said...

Lots of reasons to worry. Thanks for sharing the info.

Jan said...

Thanks for the link. I'll look at it tomorrow when I'm not so sleepy.

David said...

That's why I'm voting for Obama. He called for 50 mpg on milage in cars, and he's not going to be the pawn of the oil companies. New times, new generation, new leader.

Here's a message to "guest Larry" who visited LPC in the past. Who will probably never read this, but I'm going to enjoy the vent. First off, being a chemical engineer doesn't give you any merit to open our mouth about environmental issues that you don't understand. Second, Michael Crichton is also not an authority on global warming. He's an author. That writes fiction. Finally, and thankfully, your time is over.

Oh yeah, and Al Gore and the IPCC won the Nobel Prize. Deal with it, Larry.

Barbara B. said...

David, thanks for your comments. And yes, it was challenging having 'guest Larry' in our midst during the global warming discussion at LPC. :)

David said...

Yes, he will always have a place in my heart.

Counselor in Process said...

I agree. I was watching "Sunday Morning" yesterday morning as the polar bears were looking for purchase on what little glacier was left. Thanks

mompriest said...

Oh geeze.

I want to vote for Obama, but I just think he needs a few more years in the Senate and more experience....I wish he had waited until 2016. we could elect a good enough democrat this time and then him in 8 years - providing this country with some solid leadership for a long while.

I really want to vote for Clinton - I think she is very smart and savvy and gets the political world And therefore can still be an agent for change, even though she is considered part of the "old" guard...(sometimes we women can't won for trying...)...

But I also really like Richardson. He has the right idea on immigration issues, environmental issues, etc. and he has experience, global experience.

What I really care about: the war, the environment, the economy, and issues of social justice for the marginalized in this world...like health care, education, and who can live in this country and how they can get here legally....

Diane said...

My mom is worried about the "experience" issue too. I think HIllary is ok, but I worry that she seems to be a Love her/hate her kind of person.

Obama has the right idea on environment.

Diane said...

just wanted to let you know, the link doesn't work for me. might be the computer I'm at here. I get something else (sigh).

Barbara B. said...

mompriest: Thanks for your really great comments! And, it was interesting for me to note how similar our views are.

diane: Not sure why the link didn't work! Here is the address:
http://www.time.com/time/2007/includes/eco_vote.pdf

Barbara B. said...
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Barbara B. said...

aaargh!
the end of that web address should be .pdf

not sure what happened to the "f"

mompriest said...

Barb, did you read the NY Times Op-Ed article by Gloria Steinem yesterday? It was brilliant...I have a link to it on my blog.

Barbara B. said...

mompriest: thanks! going to look at it now!