In 2000 Al Gore warned citizens around the world we were increasing CO2 levels at alarming levels, which a consensus of experts believed triggered rising global temperatures.
Many people lampooned his scientific reasoning. They refused to accept there could be global consequences as a result.
Distributed countless DVDs of An Inconvenient Truth and invited friends to Watch Parties. Seemed only a small subset of Americans cared enough to act. Nature has now sent us to our rooms to be punished for our arrogance.
Since Gore sounded the alarm two decades ago, the U.S. has suffered RECORD-setting hot temperatures, as well as lows. See When Jesus Walked On Water. We’ve witnessed RECORD-setting snow and ice storms, heat waves, torrential rains, floods, drought, fires, tornadoes, pollen outbreaks, coral bleaching, algae blooms … what have I missed?
SARS-CoV-2 is a virus believed to have originated in a crowded, wet-market in filthy conditions in Wuhan, China. Conditions are extremely unsanitary. People live and work stressed in cramped conditions. Some scientists claim a species of bats were stressed, as their natural habitat is disappearing. They believe the bat’s virus jumped to a small-scaled creature called the pangolin — or scaly anteater, which are mammals of the order Pholidota.
Stressed humans + stressed birds and animals + stressed planet: COVID-19. Al Gore warned us to protect the environment. Political opponents funded by the oil industry scorned him, and weak-minded Democrats abandoned him. The planet cried.
A Deafening Spring
A colleague blogger wrote today:
And this morning, I’ve noticed two things: first — the birds. For the first time — literally ever — in the nine years I’ve lived in NYC, I’ve heard birds chirping outside. The deafening silence of the deserted streets has allowed me to hear the birds singing. And loudly! They woke me up this morning!
September 1962, Rachel Carson released the environmental science book, Silent Spring. Her research documented the adverse effects caused by indiscriminate use of pesticides.
Similar to the massive corporate pushback against Gore’s work, Carson’s research received fierce opposition from chemical companies. Fortunately, the public sided with both Carson and birds, and demanded a reversal in the U.S. national pesticide policy. Congress passed a nationwide ban on DDT for agricultural purposes and Carson’s work inspired an environmental movement that led to the creation of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
That was some 60 years ago. Americans were more idealistic and corporations less organized. By 2000 the American public had grown cynical and divided, while corporate power had rose to its strongest point in our young country’s history.
SARS-CoV-2 is nature’s way of rebalancing a world we are collectively destroying. Democrats currently blame the president. Republicans blame the Chinese. American citizens childishly scream at all officials, “Pay me and fix it!”
Some 40% of Americans live paycheck to paycheck. They can’t survive one month without government support. American families are ill-equipped to home school their children. LeAnn posted a meme showing parents are unable to assist their children with modern math. Kids are more advanced than their parents today.
Millions have forgotten how to cook and care for their families. There are lines of people miles long in their cars hoping to access food banks and government meal programs.
My grandmother started Meals On Wheels in her community decades ago. Through her church, they prepared food for seniors needing assistance. My mother started Head Start in our community when she served as a public school First grade teacher. She knew children couldn’t learn effectively on an empty stomach.
Times are different today. People pull up in an expensive SUVs, while chatting with their friends or playing on social media using smart phones — for a $2 grab-and-go breakfast or lunch. America’s new poor have designer haircuts, well-manicured nails and toes, expensive fashions and are adorned in bling.
The U.S. economy started Year 2020 leading the world. We now lead in COVID-19 infections. SARS-CoV-2 has locked down a greedy, selfish nation and industrialized, overly-dependent world.
Americans Need to Work
Emotions currently run high, as Americans are scared, tense and frustrated. My father was a Depression-era baby. He schooled us as we matured, “The world does not owe you a living.”
Unfortunately, many Americans seem to believe the world does. My grandmother was shocked how spoiled younger generations had become. She repeatedly said, “People need a war or depression occasionally to re-set expectations.” Well, we seem to face both war and depression today.
Not only do we, as a nation, believe we are entitled to rape & pillage the planet for our selfish interests, we also believe government will rescue us from the dangers we create. Most new movies from Hollywood feature SuperHeroes who save the world from every conceivable threat. Well, this ain’t a movie. We’re sheltered at home in this holiest of holy times in penance due to our arrogance and hubris.
I have been friends with Patrice Williams Cortese on social media for a couple years. Today, she posted a meme targeting Trump and billionaires. I’m politically independent and support people, not parties. I responded to Patrice.
I wrote, “Actually, billionaires DO NOT need money. If we don’t get back to work — no money; no food. HUGE starvation!
Patrice Williams Cortese wrote, “I am working.”
Millions of Americans are unemployed, out of work, and Patrice shames people to stay-at-home, while she works and collects a paycheck. I asked Patrice how she felt working when others cannot. Patrice UNFRIENDED ME. Don’t question a Trump-Hating woman!
Time For Change
I’m not really confident Americans are going to make it this time. Few of us have ever truly sacrificed or worked together. I’m happy to live Hawai’i. We suffer disasters frequently out here in the middle of the Pacific. On Monday of each new month precisely at 11:45AM, the government tests the tsunami sirens. These shatter ear drums like World War II klaxons heard in movies. We never really forget how vulnerable we are.
Do Americans have the mettle it takes to survive war and economic collapse? Or is it simply a time to get more likes on social media. Wash your hands, these young ladies say. They certainly do not see the big picture. They’re willing to twerk for likes. Not likely willing to change their lives to save the planet.
Our grandparents faced similar hardships. They had far less technology and certainly insufficient medical knowledge compared to our generation. It was November 1918 when people in Canada and the U.S. were prohibited from group gatherings.
People covered their faces, wore masks in public, and social distanced. The Spanish flu, which may have been H1N1, tore through the nation and world. Millions died.
Although medical professionals, politicians and world officials are aware of the 1918-1919 pandemic, American “experts” waited until about April 4th to #MaskUp our population. This is a day late and dollar short. Thousands will now die due to America’s crisis in leadership.
U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Jerome Adams (February 29, 2020):
“Seriously people. STOP BUYING MASKS!”
“They are NOT effective in preventing general public from catching #Coronavirus, but if healthcare providers can’t get them to care for sick patients, it puts them and our communities at risk!”
Hope Springs Eternal
Came across a poem written in 1869 by Kathleen O’Meara, which was reprinted during the 1919 Pandemic. Timeless
And people stayed at home
And read books
And they rested
And did exercises
And made art and played
And learned new ways of being
And stopped and listened
Someone meditated, someone prayed
Someone met their shadow
And people began to think differently
And people healed.
And in the absence of people who
Lived in ignorant ways
Dangerous, meaningless and heartless,
The earth also began to heal
And when the danger ended and
People found themselves
They grieved for the dead
And made new choices
And dreamed of new visions
And created new ways of living
And completely healed the earth
Just as they were healed.
And THEY completely HEALED the earth, just as they were healed.
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Ko’olau of Kaua’i. I am the Defiant One
“I Believe We Can”