Ahh, the sweet sense of representation, of knowing that there is leadership on vital areas of citizen concern!
President Barack Obama’s climate change speech Tuesday gave me hope for the success of human beings, our children’s future and for other species on the planet.
Finally, I feel heard.
The vision of a healthy, sustainable way of life upon our increasingly threatened planet might come to pass for our children’s children. Although my letters to my local political representatives have not proved as satisfying in urging positive leadership actions to mitigate climate change, there is still time for those lagging behind to up their profiles.
Unless our local leaders get with the program, history may write them as Nero fiddling while Rome burned. Although this is a myth (the violin was invented in the early to mid-1500s, about 1,500 years later than Nero lived); Nero actually did take measures to provide relief for citizens.
Nevertheless, the great fire helped bring Nero down.
Now, I’m not suggesting anything as drastic — more like a call to logic, a hard look at the facts of climate change and a holistic plan with sustained community (local and world) effort are what is needed.
Obama has given us the lead; I thank him for his clear thinking and courage. It is up to all of us to act rationally, inventively and in concert for the harmony of the planet.