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As the Midwest floods…

As our sisters and brothers in so-called red states (Nebraska, Iowa, etc.) succumb to “epic” flooding, a question of politics arises: in what way can we vote against the terrifying, life-threatening floods as well as fires, draughts, cyclones, etc. that occur daily on our planet as a result of global warming?

Friends, that election happens every day. How we use our fork is how we vote, how we use our mode of transportation is how we vote, how we regard the trains on our tracks carrying the fossil-fuel poison is how we vote. There is a connection with how each one of us lives and how the climate is further destabilized.

Science is not a buffet. We cannot say, “I will have a precisely timed solar eclipse, a Mars landing, an intricate combustible engine, but hey, hold the climate science.” The science regarding the existential danger posed by human caused CO2 and methane emissions into our atmosphere is beyond scientific dispute.

Just as there are no red and blue states when the cataclysmic results of climate destabilization are experienced, there is no Planet B - this is our collective home! In our home there are collective chores to do to work towards a future that will sustain our children. Donald “climate Chinese hoax” Trump also has children whose lives are precious.

Our work begins now.

Paul Grove



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