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, May 3, 2012

"Connecting the Dots" Between Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Click here to access article by Jamie Henn from Huffington Post.

...in the United States, 82 percent of Americans say that they've experienced a natural disaster or extreme weather event first-hand.
Yet, despite a few notable exceptions, the mainstream media has failed to connect the dots between this string of extreme weather events and global warming. Instead, coverage of climate change has dropped precipitously.

Of course, mainstream which is owned by the One Percent, can never connect climate change with the imperative of growth built into the system that provides them with so much power and wealth.

The author goes on to argue what needs to be done to connect the dots. (Clue: it's up to us.)