Fast. I watched Al Gore’s documentary An Inconvienient Truth this past weekend. Holy crap. Everyone–EVERYONE–needs to see it. I’ve been force feeding it to my coworkers this week. Simply put, we’re kicking the shit out of Mother Earth and she’s starting to kick back.
We’ve all heard about global warming–a little here and a little there. There are a lot of people and organizations, even including some governments and businesses, who are gettign serious about going green. But we’re all to blame and we’re all responsible for turning this ship around before it’s too late.
I’ve always been a quiet environment protector. I’m big into planting and caring for trees, and would love to restore some prairie around McCook County. I was always concious about keeping things clean (I’ve absolutely despised litter since I was really young) and love nothing more than nature hikes with my girls. But this is something way beyond enjoying nature. In my work on the Meadowlark Team (a change lab project for the northern great plains), I’ve dug into the impacts of farming and development on our region. It sucks. We’re killing the Earth every day.
I don’t throw terms like that around lightly, btw. As most of our readers know, I’m a farm boy myself, and my Dad, my Brother-in-law, four uncles and tons of neighbors and friends make thier living by farming. It’s a way of life that runs deep in my family and my community. In many ways, the agriculture industry holds a key to our future–they can make a significant difference in turning things around in Mother Earth’s favor, and they are charge, more than most of us, with being stewards of the land. Ag producers can change the way they run their businesses and still be profitable–but they need to align and collaborate. God knows the corporate behemouths in the industry aren’t going to swing the pendulum–it would cost them too much money.
I think a big part of the reason we (as in human kind) haven’t made the changes we need to make fall into two categories: ignorance and greed. Most of us have no idea the gravity of this situation the last few generations of humans have created (including most farmers–and me). We’re talking world-wide climate change, turnign a big portion of the great plains into desert and flooding most of the US coast in the next 50 years. We, as people of this country and many others, have been brainwashed into thinking it isn’t as big a deal. The truth isn’t mainstream. Thinking green has become kind of a hip idea, but mainly because it seems liek the right thing to do–not because we need to change now or risk destroying the Earth as we know it within a generation or two.
Some people have had the info that tells them we’re headed for catastrophe and have chosen to ignore it or downplay it’s severity. I’d like to punch them in the mouth. In most cases, it’s about greed or taking the easier path instead of the right one. Uptain Sinclair said, “It is difficult to get a man to understand something when his salary depends on him not understanding it.” For politicians, it’s about ignoring some big important stuff to focus on less important issues that will get them reelected.
Let’s wake up. Fast.
(learn what you can do at http://climatecrisis.net)