Everyone seems to be obsessed with commitment. Commitment in jobs, relationships, going to the gym: finding that internal grit is a prize package, and a common complaint I hear about my generation is that we don’t have enough of it. However, I find it odd that in a society that values maintaining a practice for the long term, we are unable to get together to pass legislation regarding the mitigation of global climate change.
I understand that it’s scary to talk about climate change. It’s terrifying to imagine that the existence of our species, and the things that make us comfortable are taking such a toll on our habitat, the place we call home. However, it’s mind-boggling that some of our senators and representatives continue to believe climate change is a “left-wing liberal fringe” issue, when every major scientific study has shown that a) it is a real phenomena and b) the effects will be catastrophic for our children, and our children’s children. These elected officials will not go up to bat against the lobbyists and gigantic checks of Big Oil and Big Agriculture, generally because they require their money to stay in office. The fundraising cycle in Washington is virtually endless, and as someone who now has a lot of experience about what it’s like to consistently be asking for something, I can almost understand their dilemma. Almost.
The years continue to go by, and while it’s too late now to stop some of global warming’s effects like sea level rise, we still have the opportunity to put a framework in place to SUSTAIN the health of our planet, and make sure that we are able to keep taking advantage of the miracle of human consciousness in collaboration and admiration of nature. It’s unpopular to think long term, but we have to start now.
On a more personal note, I have been staying off of the disposable coffee mugs and even all disposable drink containers. At a recent Bay Sox game, I asked the drink vendor just to fill my bottle in the sink, and he was happy to oblige. However, I am sad to report the breakage of my trusty ceramic mug. I will try to glue it back together, but it just might not be the same. More on this dilemma next week, and hopefully a more uplifting blog entry!