COVID, CLIMATE & COMPASSION

    January 2, 2021

    We need to focus and fix all three.

    From Eric Holthaus:

    Original art for The Phoenix is by Laila Arêde.

    Our time here on this beautiful planet is so temporary.

    If there’s anything that 2020 taught us, it’s that while time is fleeting for everyone,

    it’s the way society is structured

    that determines how fleeting it is, and for whom. The overlapping tragedies of Covid-19, police brutality, and the climate emergency don’t fall equally on everyone, and

    it’s up to us to change that system

    to ensure everyone here gets the chance to thrive that they deserve.

    That’s the heart of climate justice.

    Our window for revolutionary repair of our planet’s atmosphere and biosphere – caused by centuries of excesses brought by capitalism, patriarchy, misogyny, imperialism, and racism – is bound by physics. We can (and should!) argue about the best ways to get to a zero-carbon world as quickly as possible, but we can’t argue with the fact that current global policies will deliver a planet that’s incompatible with a safe future for billions of people who did the least to cause the climate emergency.

    This is what we’re fighting for: Indigenous sovereignty, regenerative care of the land, shelter, equity, joy. All the basics that people need to live a good life. A vision for a bread and roses future for everyone.

    Getting started with that journey isn’t hard.

    The point is only that you show up.

    We need everyone to be a part of this transformation in their own way.

    At the same time, becoming a Climate Person isn’t easy. But it’s some of the most important work in the history of the world. You don’t get to give up, but you do get to ask for help.

    If living your best life includes making the world more life-sustaining for every creature we share this beautiful planet with, the rest of this post will help you get started.

    Meteorologist and climate journalist Eric Holthaus describes himself as “a meteorologist who strives to foster understanding of humanity’s connection to the atmosphere.” Here he delivers a monologue on climate change and his mission to remind everyone that we are all in this fight together. Eric wants to change the narrative of climate change from being “one of inevitable disaster to one of possibility.”


    Author Allysha Lavino and a thought for 2021:

    And what do we want to bring with us?

    Courage? 

    Wisdom?

    Tenacity? 

    This is the year we feather our nests – it’s time to take care of ourSelves, our families, our communities, and our environments.

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