Young people (29 Oct. national protest) and old people (Third Act) protest for climate action

Young people are targeting institutions (specifically JP Morgan Chase, Liberty Mutual Insurance, CITI, BlackRock, and the U.S. Federal Reserve System) that finance the fossil fuel business. For more information, please go to https://fossilfreefuture.earth/about

The biggest Pacific Northwest involvement in the 29 Oct. national climate protest will occur in Seattle. Old people are invited (and encouraged) to participate in this march for a Fossil Free Future.

The following details come from https://actionnetwork.org/events/fossil-free-future-seattle-wa (accessed 21 Oct. 2021). Please go to this site as it has many more details.

What: Fossil Free Future: March & Action. Seattle, WA!
START: Friday, October 29, 2021 • 11:00 AM
Pier 62• 1951 Alaskan Way, Seattle , WA 98101

Old people (specifically, Bill McKibben and friends) just formed a climate protest group called Third Act, and we (I’m one of the thousands of old people who just joined) will marshal our experience, skills, and money for climate action and against climate action obstructionists. Third Act is supporting the young folks’ 29 Oct. national protest. For more information about Third Act, please go to https://thirdact.org/

⸺source: 350 West Sound Climate Action emails, 350 Seattle emails, Third Act emails

Abraham Lincoln—a man for our climate crisis time

actor at Lincoln’s boyhood home

Lincoln in the light of history
Learning Lincoln is a lifetime affair. He’s one of the great humans in history—a man with tremendous faith, strength, persistence, and courage, who saved the United States and freed American slaves, all while dealing with a large portion of the citizenry who wanted to kill him, egotistical and incompetent generals during the early years of the Civil War, tens of thousands of casualties, an erratic wife who threw pans at him, and depression. To me, the collection seems crushing.

Yet he’s the one American to whom the nation has bestowed the nearest equivalent of a religious shrine that can exist in a country that doesn’t worship mortal men. The words on the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC are powerful, written after years of war carnage; they speak of the blood that has been drawn by the sword and will be drawn, until the last drop of blood drawn by the bondsman’s lash has been repaid.

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Call For National Climate Legislation

Call your national legislators
There has never been more important climate legislation before our national representatives than the current Build Back Better legislation. As stated in this 7 Oct. 2021 Sierra Club newsletter: “

The Senate and the House are actively negotiating the most important clean energy legislation in a generation. The Build Back Better Act offers historic climate investments that will put our nation on a path to 100% clean energy by 2035.”
     Americans must call, text, email, write, and talk with their national legislators—Democrat and Republican—and pressure them to pass the Build Back Better legislation. People disagree on parts of Build Back Better, and those parts can be worked on later, but the fundamental Build Back Better—with its necessary-to-our-survival national government backed push to revamp our energy system and our economy to one that doesn’t produce greenhouse gases—must occur.

Multiple organizations provide means to contact your legislators. Here are a few:

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Governor Jay Inslee and the Nez Perce’s Shannon Wheeler at the 14. Oct. Washington Conservation Voters Gathering (virtual) of Environmental Champions to talk about the lower Snake River dams

The following information and the above picture is from https://wcvoters.org/news/governor-inslee-joins-wcvs-gathering-of-champions-on-october-14th/ (accessed 12 Oct. 2021):

“Governor Jay Inslee will join Shannon Wheeler, Vice Chairman of Nez Perce Tribe Executive Committee in a special discussion hosted by WCV CEO Alyssa Macy at WCV’s Gathering of Environmental Champions.
     “Don’t miss this conversation between two Washington state leaders about how removing the lower Snake River dams will impact the health of our communities, our environment, salmon and, in turn, Southern Resident orcas in the Puget Sound.”

Date & Time: Thursday, October 14th, 12:00pm – 1:00pm, Zoom Webinar
Go to the link above to register. The cost for individuals to register for the Zoom webinar is $20.

Build Back Better. Tweet, Facebook, Instagram, email your president and your representatives about the most important climate legislation ever proposed in America.

⸺The following is from a 9 Oct. 2021 e-alert from the Sierra Club.

Pres. Biden: Hold strong for the boldest Build Back Better Act!
President Biden and Congress are now negotiating the final details of the Build Back Better Act. This transformative bill would deliver climate action, jobs and justice — so let’s get the boldest version possible across the finish line.

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Wright Brothers in Dayton, Ohio

Geniuses, tinkerers, theoreticians, self-made engineers, disciplined and methodical men, problem solvers, humble and honest brothers—Orville and Wilbur Wright were all these, as the Wright Cycle Company and Visitor Center (part of the Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park) displays. The Wrights lifted off the ground in Kitty Hawk, but they learned how to make a flying machine—and how to fly—in Dayton.

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National Museum of the Air Force (near Dayton, Ohio)

Wow, it’s big! Bigger than the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum. The National Museum of the Air Force (open to the public) at the Wright-Patterson Air Force Base comprises four huge hangars (17 acres of indoor exhibit space) filled with planes and jets, stretching from a Wright Brother’s flyer to the Memphis Belle to a B2 bomber—as well as helicopters, missiles, and more. Plan to wander for hours gazing amazed.

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Genteel Bike Riding in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park (near Cleveland)

My wife insists on comfortable bike riding. For me, who in my younger years had whooshed his ram’s handle, light ten speed with its narrow tires and hard, narrow seat around the cliff-edged curves of the Colorado National Monument, this slow, easy mode of bicycle touring is new—and nice.

She looks good sitting on her bicycle with its upright handlebars and soft seat as she pedals steadily along a level bike path while her ponytail moves gently from side to side. She has a rainbow-colored bell, and as she tells me, adding a basket would complete the ensemble. I like this genteel touring with my wife.

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Fossil fuel companies doing evil

Call this greed what it is: evil.

Years ago, when I was a medical student riding ambulances in New Orleans, we pulled into an alleyway one night to aid a woman who’d been raped and to take her to Charity Hospital. Seeing what someone had done to her, I learned then that mean, evil people exist. Think Vlad the Impaler or of those who ordered the use of thumb screws at the London Tower. As much as we don’t like to use a judgmental label like evil, evil exists.

Fossil-fuel caused climate change chaos has begun the eventual devastation of millions of people and other species through storm, floods, fire, drought, ocean rise, forced mass migrations, and mass extinctions. We know that now because of our monitors in the ocean, land, sky, and space, and because of the world’s many scientists who serve as modern day prophets.

Smoking was once cool, but now we know it causes emphysema, lung cancer and heart disease. Radium once made bright and easy to read our watches, but now we know it rotted away the jaws of the radium girls who wet the tips of their brushes with their tongues. We learned and we changed. Fossil fuels powered us into modern civilization, but now we know they are destroying the ecosystem which keeps humanity alive. We must change. The fossil fuel system must be rapidly transformed to a net-zero-greenhouse-gas system for our survival. But some companies are actively fighting that transformation so as to prolong their profits, which—in the light of what we know now about the climate crisis—is evil.

Some fossil fuel companies are using their power and money to campaign on Facebook to defeat politicians who support the bill that would—if passed—redirect our nation’s future toward clean energy (and in the same bill, remove taxpayer provided subsidies to fossil fuel companies). For years, these companies used their substantial powers to obfuscate the climate change discussion and to perpetuate the myth that climate change was not happening, and they profited immensely from the resulting delay in action. We are suffering now because of their scheming. Now, these companies are campaigning hard to delay our desperately needed rapid transformation to clean energy—and that delay will add to the heat, fire, floods, droughts, and winds that will displace and shatter millions of people and that will extinguish species.

It’s not a man with a knife, but instead a white-collar executive with a company board, but the result of both their actions are ugly and terrible. We know now what will happen if we don’t transition quickly to clean energy—and yet fossil fuel companies, to extend their years of profits from fossil fuels, are actively fighting the transition and are working hard to undermine those courageous politicians who are striving to ward off chaos and misery for many.

Look at the actions and the damage it does to people and species.

Call this greed what it is: evil.

⸺ MRM

See
– Hiroko Tabuchi, “In Your Facebook Feed: Oil Industry Pushback Against Biden Climate Plans,” New York Times, 30 Sep. 2021, In Your Facebook Feed: Oil Industry Pushback Against Biden Climate Plans

– Henry M. Paulson Jr., “We’re Living Through One of the Most Explosive Extinction Episodes Ever,” 30 Sep. 2021, New York Times, explosive extinction
Snippet synopsis: We’re in terrible extinction times; Mr. Paulson presents ways to get out of them.

Two strikes and we’re out. Call Republicans.

“Only the most important climate legislation ever proposed in America.”

The future of my grandchildren can’t be all about what Democratic senators Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema do. Call Republicans, too.

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Two strikes and we’re out.

As Bill McKibben noted in a recently released webinar (see references) that hosted multiple fighters for climate-action, the United States tried to pass a climate bill in 2009 but failed. Strike one.

Twelve years later (it’s taken that long to put together another such bill), the U.S. Senate is deciding whether a second significant climate legislation will live. If we don’t pass the reconciliation build back better bill in the next week, then it’s strike two to our efforts to stave off severe climate chaos.

Climate scientists tell us bluntly that we must halve greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 (only eight years from now). Earth doesn’t suffer fools. We have no strike three.

Passage of the reconciliation bill can’t be all about Democratic senators Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema. Some Republicans (two, three, or more) want a climate future for their grandchildren, and some will vote for this bill—even if it costs them their Senate seat. We’re told to telephone Manchin and West Virginians to emphasize that this is our last chance to use the powers of the United States government to rapidly accelerate America’s transition to clean energy—a rapid acceleration that must occur for us to survive.

I can’t believe that my grandchildren’s future depends on two Democratic senators’ votes. Yes, there is spending in this big reconciliation bill that individual senators of both parties object to, but there is also in this bill the only significant setting-the-direction-of-America climate legislation that we will see in years—and we have no other years left. There is no other national climate bill coming soon, and Earth won’t allow for us anything but soon.

This bill is it. Senators, work the things you object to later—but pass this bill. We need a survivable planet upon which to work.

Passing the reconciliation bill will redirect in a strong way America’s course toward clean energy. It will send a strong signal to other countries as we meet with them in Glasgow in November to determine the world’s energy direction. So much is determined by passage or failure of this reconciliation bill. As Mike Tidwell of Chesapeake Climate Action Network said in the webinar, this is “only the most important climate legislation ever proposed in America.”

Some Republicans (two, three, or more) want a climate future for their children and grandchildren, too, and they will act. This is a faith-and-strength-of-Abraham-Lincoln, foresight- and-audacity-of-Theodore-Roosevelt moment for our national representatives.

So telephone Republicans, too.

Two strikes and we’re out. It’s not a forgiving game we’re playing.

⸺MRM

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References:

⸺ webinar “Build Back Better. Biden Climate Plan,” 24 Sep. 2021, Chesapeake Climate Action Network, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mxPKw_Ahf7M
     [This webinar hosted climate action champions Jay Inslee, Leah Stokes, Bill McKibben, and Lennox Yearwood, as well as CCAN members Mike Tidwell, Clinton Scott, and Jamie DeMarco. They ask you to call your senators and representatives at 202-951-7780 or by going to https://www.call4climatenow.com/ to demand that the reconciliation build back better bill (which contains most of the climate legislation) be passed.]

⸺ Mira Patel, “Explained: How two Build Back Better bills have put the Democrats in a tight spot,” Indian Express, 25 Sep. 2021, https://indianexpress.com/article/explained/us-joe-biden-build-back-better-bills-explained-7530969/
     [A well-written explanation of the reconciliation process]