This post is part of Blog Action Day (BAD) ’09, which currently has almost ten thousand bloggers pledged to write in support of action on climate change. Check out www.blogactionday.org for more details.
Climate change isn’t my regular “beat,” but you have to be pretty out-of-touch (or George W. Bush) not to realize what a massive problem global warming is. Hence, I wasn’t surprised that the winning cause for Blog Action Day was Climate Change–a recent college grad, environmentalism is the hottest topic amongst student activists across the country.
I think Blog Action Day is an amazing, well orchestrated event (and it just happens to be run this year by my new employer, Change.org). What was it that those anonymous White House aides said about supporters of LGBT rights? Something about “internet left fringe” and “need[ing] to take off their pajamas”? And here we are, at it again, wearing our monkey-print pajamas and failing to realize “governing a closely divided country is complicated and difficult.”
Know what else is difficult? Governing a country when rising sea levels start submerging parts of that country. (I’m in New York City! We’re going to be among the first to go!)
Okay, that’s an oversimplification of the problem of climate change. It’s much more COMPLICATED and DIFFICULT–and Mother Nature doesn’t wait just because Obama has a tough gig.
Our country has tons of problems–like I said, global warming isn’t my regular beat, and I’m a layperson in the issue. My pajama-clad energy usually goes to LGBT rights, feminism, freaking out about the Religious Right, etc. I’m more than aware of the other issues to pay attention to. But that’s not a valid excuse.
Today, we put our keyboards to use for climate change. Tomorrow, who knows?