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I find it impossible to set aside the looming uncertainty of
climate change, even as we prepare to gather and give thanks.
Over the past few days, especially, we’ve been confronted with
tangible reminders of both the good and bad paths we could be
heading down as a country and as a planet.
First, this year’s Thanksgiving holiday takes place amid a
tragic background: The Camp Fire has become one
of the worst American disasters of the 21st century. More than
75 people have died and hundreds are still missing.
I reported last week, the conditions that led to the fire’s
rapid spread were off the charts — the air was so dry, it was
sucking water out of the land. Millions of people across California
have been breathing smoke-laden air for approaching two weeks,
a full-blown public health emergency. And now, heavy rain is on
the way, potentially complicating the search for victims’ remains
and creating fresh disaster risk in the form of mudslides.
Out of this harrowing tragedy have come
remarkable tales of survival and a renewed sense that
climate change is now an emergency. It’s a moment that’s
made it clearer than ever that
there’s no time left to compromise on preserving a habitable
planet. This is a moment for
grief — and a reckoning.
Climate change demands so much of us: The world is changing so
climate scientists are giving self-care tips. But there is also
an emerging portrait of a resilient world that is taking shape.
Our new Congress is going to have
some of the strongest, most progressive voices for climate
change in our country’s history. There are fresh faces advancing
bold policies like a Green New Deal, and Senator Bernie Sanders
a forthcoming town hall meeting on climate change that’s sure
to gather even more steam for the movement.
As we head home to reconnect with loved ones, remember that we
all have a role to play in steering our society toward that better
future. And it starts by being honest about where we are and the
choices we have to make as soon as possible. Sara Peach has
an excellent six-step guide to compassionate climate
conversations — well suited for Thanksgiving dinner, in my
This transitional moment in our history brings opportunity amid
the loss. It’s not only the end of something (civilization as we
knew it); it feels like the beginning of something better.
Source: FS – All – Ecology – News 2
This Thanksgiving, a reckoning on climate