We’ve lived so long under the spell of hierarchy—from god-kings to feudal lords to party bosses—that only recently have we awakened to see not only that “regular” citizens have the capacity for self-governance, but that without their engagement our huge global crises cannot be addressed. The changes needed for human society simply to survive, let alone thrive, are so profound that the only way we will move toward them is if we ourselves, regular citizens, feel meaningful ownership of solutions through direct engagement. Our problems are too big, interrelated, and pervasive to yield to directives from on high.
—Frances Moore Lappé, excerpt from Time for Progressives to Grow Up
Thursday, August 6, 2015
Millions of fish dead in Pacific Northwest — Ocean conditions have ‘gone to hell’
We in the Pacific Northwest of the US are now witnessing the latest casualties due to global warming caused by capitalism's growth forever imperative: fish, whales, sea lions, birds and many other species that inhabit ocean areas are dying in huge numbers. Scientists have identified global warming as an underlying cause that is creating havoc to the marine environment (for example, see this), others speculate that radiation from Fukushima might be a factor. One thing is clear: ocean and river waters are heating up causing many kinds of health problems for marine life. This article furnishes news from a number of local area and national media sources reporting on this phenomenon.