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

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Greenhouse gas emissions hit record levels in 2011

Click here to access article by John Platt from Mother Nature Network

Sadly, it appears that nothing will stop the One Percenters and their addiction to power and profits, their drugs of choice, and their fanatic defense of the system that provides their drugs-- capitalism--from destroying our planet and home. Therefore, we can expect many more, and more powerful, Katrinas, Sandys, droughts, and record high temperatures in the future if we continue to let them lead us to our demise.
Carbon dioxide levels are now at 390.9 parts per million, well above what scientists consider the tipping point for the effects of climate change.