For those of us concerned about climate change, the knowledge of what we humans have done to our planet can be overwhelming. When we truly understand the peril we, in the fossil-fuel addicted industrialized nations, have inflicted on the rest of humanity and other innocent species, the guilt and sadness can be paralyzing; despair sometimes seems like an option. It’s not, as I was reminded at the conference I’m attending this weekend, because like denial at the opposite end of the spectrum, it leads to inaction. And what the world needs NOW – not in 5 or 10 years, but right now – is people who are prepared to make changes in the way they live and to spread the word about why all of us need to become engaged in this issue. The changes that we need to make to wean ourselves off fossil fuels are dramatic and sweeping. Daunting though the shift is, it can be done. If you need convincing or encouragement, check out “Did You Know” by American educator Karl Fisch, who prepared it to inspire the staff at his high school.
And, with a nod to my roots, here’s a “Winnipeg remix”