Cathi Murray is a longtime resident of Pines, Indiana, home to a Superfund site with contaminated water. She’s holding a photo of the coal plant that creates huge coal ash piles, which leak contaminants into Pines’ water that Cathi and her neighbors rely on.
While listening to Jackson Brown’s album “Late for the Sky” for the ump-teenth time, the words of “The Road and the Sky” suddenly registered with my new climate activism. In 1974, he was singing about climate change and I hadn’t noticed. Listening with “new ears”, I realized he was telling the story of our time. Have a listen, or read the words:
When we come to place where the road and the sky collide Throw me over the edge and let my spirit glide They told me I was going to have to work for a living But all I want to do is ride I don’t care where we’re going from here Honey, you decide
Well I spend my time at the bottom of a wishing well And I can hear my dreams singing clear as a bell I used to know where they ended and the world began But now it’s getting hard to tell I could be just around the corner from Heaven or a mile from Hell
I’m just rolling away from yesterday Behind a wheel of a stolen Chevrolet I’m going to get a little higher And see if I can hot-wire reality
Now can you see those dark clouds gathering up ahead? They’re going to wash this planet clean like the Bible said Now you can hold on steady and try to be ready But everybody’s gonna get wet Don’t think it won’t happen just because it hasn’t happened yet
I’m just rolling away from yesterday Behind the wheel of a stolen Chevrolet I’m going to get a little higher And see if I can hot-wire reality
FinnRiver Farm & Cidery, 124 Center Road, Chimacum, WA 98325
Join us for monthly solutions-oriented
sessions on issues related to climate change at FinnRiver Farm and Cidery in
Chimacum. Co-sponsored by Local 20/20 Climate Action and Jefferson County
Public Health, this is not a lecture series, but a book club and
discussion format. Each session includes information to get the conversation
started, followed by group discussions that include what locals think and what
locals plan to do.
The next session is called “There is
no Planet B – how do Millennials and GenZ envision their future?” This
session will be facilitated by Students for Sustainability, a group from Port Townsend
High School who are dedicated to taking action to mitigate climate change
at their school, in their community, their state, and at a national
The session topic for Monday, November 4th is
“How Do You Talk Respectfully With Others About Climate Change?”
For summaries of all the previous
sessions, click here.
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2050 is a generation too late. That would be unforgivable, and very likely utterly catastrophic.
Extinction Rebellion: “The Emergency”
If you let this graph sink in, you’ll understand why so many are turning out in the streets to demand a halt to business as usual and the most massive turnaround of the world’s economy we’ve ever seen. If you need more background, go here.