The Anthropocene and the Fierce Urgency of Now

“We are now faced with the fact that tomorrow is today. We are confronted with the fierce urgency of now. In this unfolding conundrum of life and history, there “is” such a thing as being too late. This is no time for apathy or complacency. This is a time for vigorous and positive action.”– Martin Luther King Jr.

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I’m horrified when I read about the annihilation of entire species. I can’t steel myself against our Anthropocene and the sixth great mass extinction we are currently experiencing on the planet. I wonder how other people can.  I read this story in the Washington Post, In pitiful animal die-offs across the globe — from antelopes to bees to seabirds — climate change may be culprit and it terrified me.

And I wonder how the collective we can have time for everything else except the elephant sitting beside us in the room.

We blame it on elected officials who have their hands in the pockets of big oil and say they must feel pretty lonely. But is calling them out action? We blame our municipalities for not putting in proper mass transit or recycling programs as if those we elect to serve are somehow going to do this without our political pressure.

And still the average person drives to work, shuffles their kids to music or soccer practice, volunteers at bake sales, and sits on their yoga mat. All while the problems get larger; species drop off in record numbers, more people die, the methane is still leaking, it no longer pays to recycle plastic.

“That’s awful,” then return to eating dinner or sitting on their mat. “I wish someone would do something about that.” And the world around them continues to fly off the rails.”Hmm, the price of oil has been really low for a while now, let’s go buy an SUV.”

But, truth be told, you won’t be able to meditate this away. Gandhi didn’t just sit on a mat. Leadership comes from within. What happens to the oceans is happening to you. The oceans are you. So are the trees and the antelope. When an entire species is extinguished we all languish.

And we don’t live in a time we can expect someone else fix this or being a nice person is enough. Get connected- get empowered – start working for a better world. You won’t get it unless you create it.

Here are some places to get you started:

Citizens Climate Lobby – create the political will for a livable world.

Climate Reality Project – become a leader.

 

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English: Speech of Barack Obama at KSC.

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«Deep Sea Delta», boreplattform, her i Nordsjøen

«Deep Sea Delta», boreplattform, her i Nordsjøen (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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