SEPTEMBER 2018 “Local Governments Must Protect the Environment” This month’s interview on “Glen’s Parallax Perspectives” will inform, inspire and motivate us to urge our local governments to do a better job of protecting the environment. People everywhere really do care about the environment, but environmental problems persist all the way from the global level down to the local level. This interview will help you understand why local governments often fail to protect the environment – and how we can be more effective in urging them to protect it. We can indeed think globally and act locally. Three knowledgeable, insightful guests […]
Trump and his EPA are rolling back America’s Clean Car Standards. The clean car standards are a HIGHLY SUCCESSFUL policy that have improved clean air and public health. Rolling back Clean Car Standards serves no practical purpose whatsoever! Rolling back fuel efficiency will DELIBERATELY FORCE US TO WASTE $457 BILLION between now and 2050 because vehicles will be less efficient. (See www.climatehawksvote.com for information and a link through which you can e-mail Congress.) This proves that the Trump regime is extremely corrupt and is subservient to Big Oil. Also, Trump’s EPA plans to revoke California’s authority to use stricter safeguards, […]
Trump keeps nominating horribly corrupt, incompetent and dangerous right-wing nominees for powerful positions in the federal government. Democratic senators simply vote “no” but fail to take stronger actions, so these Democratic senators trap themselves in a simple defensive role. When they do that, Trump is free to keep throwing horribly corrupt, incompetent and dangerous right-wing nominees at us, one after another. Democratic senators must STAND UP for humane values, honesty, and the broad public interest. They must PUBLICLY EXPOSE Trump’s nominees as horribly corrupt, incompetent and dangerous right-wing extremists. They must REACH OUT TO THE GENERAL PUBLIC and TURN PUBLIC […]
Democrats say nice things but almost none of them follow through if elected, so Democrats are not the answer. Republicans are more ignorant and more corrupt, but at least Republicans “deliver” to their “political base.” From that standpoint, Trump has been fantastically effective as a politician. He has vigorously delivered to racists, sexists, oil companies, big business, polluters, and right-wing religious extremists. For many years in the past several decades Democrats had held the Presidency and both houses of Congress. Just imagine if Democrats had acted as boldly as the Republicans are doing now. Just imagine if Democrats had really […]
Some people who are concerned about the climate urge nuclear power as an alternative. However, that is not really practical for a number of reasons, including the 12 very compelling reasons in the document at the link below. Nuclear power is not only extremely dangerous and extremely expensive, but it entails huge costs and responsibilities that are usually ignored or downplayed in advance. Vietnam was considering nuclear power, but a delegation from other nations talked with them and presented 12 very compelling points listed in this article. With this information, Vietnam decided to REJECT nuclear power. Other nations and regions […]
This link — http://org2.salsalabs.com/o/5502/p/dia/action4/common/public/?action_KEY=26386 — provides enough compelling information and a sample e-mail you can send to STOP the world’s largest nuclear waste dump. Please do this by Monday July 30, 2018. Nuclear power and nuclear weapons cause nuclear waste. There is no realistic solution, but the government and giant corporations keep pretending they can deal with it. We must STOP nuclear power and nuclear weapons too. Thank you!
This Community Affirmation was affirmed at the June 1982 International Religious Convocation for the Second United Nations Special Session on Disarmament. It remains timely today. Community Affirmation We who live in the shadow of the mushroom cloud and the dangers of bullets on our streets Today declare our hope in the future. From the diversity of our religious traditions We have come to renew our belief in the holiness of the earth and the sanctity of all life. We declare we are at peace with all people of good will. We need no leader to define […]
This morning I attended Olympia WA’s “Zero Hour” climate rally that was organized by young person. The main organizer is 13 years old, and she spoke briefly and capably. All over the world — and in many U.S. locations — young people organized “Zero Hour” rallies and marches to convey the urgency of the climate crisis. Young people mobilized to demand an end to the abuses that are curtailing their futures — and to demand sustainable solutions. For more information see www.thisiszerohour.org –> The climate crisis is a WORLDWIDE crisis. –> Decades ago Tip O’Neill, the Speaker of the U.S. […]
Many people seem to think that the climate issue is just another add-on issue to the really important issues (economics, immigration, etc.) that keep getting our attention. WRONG! The climate crisis is a truly existential crisis — like nuclear weapons — that must be solved immediately if civilization is to survive. The climate crisis is both a symptom and a driver of other crucial issues. The climate crisis is tied up intimately with other crucial issues such as the environment, immigration, governmental corruption, wars for oil, and other factors and consequences. The Pentagon has long recognized the climate crisis as […]
This information came from an excellent source of information and advocacy, Nuclear Information and Resource Service (NIRS). They — at www.nirs.org — and another excellent non-profit organization, Beyond Nuclear — at www.beyondnuclear.org — reliably provide information and advocacy to stop nuclear power. Beyond Nuclear also works to abolish nuclear weapons. NIRS reported that on June 1, 2018, Trump announced what NIRS described as: “the most extreme action on nuclear power we have ever seen: issuing an order to prevent any nuclear reactors and coal plants from closing in the coming years, and forcing Americans to pay power companies whatever it […]
For many decades, the huge outside wall of the Greyhound bus station in downtown Olympia WA has proudly proclaimed that bus travel is the modern way to travel in America. I always laugh. But Trump is even more ridiculous when he proposes coal as the modern future for the U.S. Trump is vigorously opposing solar, wind and other renewables. He is committing the U.S. economy to coal and oil as the future. Truly modern nations such China and all of Europe are promoting solar, wind and other renewables. Trump has hitched the U.S.’s economy to a dead horse. While the […]
The July 2018 episode of “Glen’s Parallax Perspectives” TV program helps us understand how science works. It also helps us push governments to use honest science as a basis for smart and wise public policies. Governments should make decisions based on what is actually true, not corrupted by financial greed or ideological pressures. To watch the interview, click this link: WATCH THE INTERVIEW HERE. To read the thorough summary of what we said in the interview — and see a list of excellent sources of information, click this link: 2018.07 Program Summary — SCIENCE. People in Thurston County who have […]
As you know, I read a huge amount of information. Thom Hartmann’s article at the link below consolidates much solid information into CRUCIALLY IMPORTANT information that the American people need to understand. Trump and Trumpism are imposing horrible authoritarianism upon the U.S. This is an extremely serious — actually existential — danger to American freedom and constitutional democracy. Trump’s authoritarianism abuses many aspects of American society. The article below connects many of the issues we care about, including peace, social justice, environment/climate, economics, and so forth. The article ends with a call for nonviolent organizing to rise up against Trump’s […]
Here is a creative nonviolent way to protect forests from abuse: Women are marrying trees in Mexico. See this article: https://www.treehugger.com/conservation/why-are-women-marrying-trees-mexico.html Excessive plastic is an environmental problem. Here is a simple solution anyone can do to nonviolently resist excessive packaging: In about 1969 a friend used to unwrap packages after paying for them at the retail stores. He said he did not want to buy the packaging — just the products inside. The stores could throw away the unnecessary packaging. Perhaps we need a NATIONWIDE MOVEMENT to force companies to STOP EXCESSIVE PACKAGING.
The vast majority of people who say they want to protect the climate are stuck within the confines of our current economic system. This severely restricts the progress we can make. If we really want to make significant progress, we must change our economic system. In addition to the article by Naomi Klein that I posted just now, see this article from another source. This website has a variety of information, so look for materials that are relevant to the economic aspects of the climate crisis: http://systemchangenotclimatechange.org/