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, March 4, 2015

Sometimes you can’t win: More cold and snow thanks to global warming

Click here to access article by Pete Dolack from Systemic Disorder.

This freakish weather we've experienced this winter across America is the result of the excessive burning of fossil fuels which are necessary to drive the engines of capitalism. It is becoming clearer every year that we are witnessing the destabilization of our climate. Do you think we should just get accustomed to this situation or get rid of the cause?
If global warming is not simply warmer weather, but rather increasingly crazy weather, then this winter has given us ample evidence. An irony of global warming for eastern North America is it seems to be the one place that is getting colder and snowier winters thanks to global warming.