When writers like Octavia Butler and Margaret Atwood incorporated themes of global warming into their dystopian volumes, several decades ago, it was clear, at least among scientists and visionaries, the track we were on as a species with the damage we were doing to Mother Earth. The artists, authors, scientists and others have been speaking on behalf of the planet – warning us of the worst possibilities – and beseeching humanity to course correct – for decades.
Well, here we are in a new century – and Mother Earth is speaking for herself. Are we listening?
It’s cool outside now in NYC. We can breathe, and hopefully, think more clearly than we are able to do in the debilitating heat. Do we remember the temperatures some parts of our country experienced last summer?
My son told me when he was in Kuwait about 10 years ago, the temperature got up to 129 degrees – and even higher inside his U.S. Army uniform! I really can’t even or don’t want to imagine what that feels like. I am certain I would not survive. I don’t even see myself surviving the high temps we saw in this country last summer. Have you forgotten? Here’s a reminder. May we be inspired to do the work Mother Earth is calling us to do. Keep cool. — LMO
“The heat wave that hit the usually cool and rainy American Pacific Northwest was a shock to many — Oregon and Washington were covered by a blanket of heat in the triple digits. After the temperatures soared, a group of scientists quickly came together to answer a crucial question: How much is climate change to blame? Guest: Henry Fountain, a climate change reporter for The New York Times; and Sergio Olmos, a freelancer for The Times.” — The Daily