Who could have predicted this? I’m not referring to radical climate change exacerbated by the burning of fossil fuels. Scientists have been telling us about this for decades. There is no real question about this. If you’re not into science, however, then the research and conclusions of the vast majority of scientists won’t mean much.
What I couldn’t have predicted is the number of my fellow citizens actively campaigning for an end to environmental rules, guidelines and laws that keep the giant oil, gas and coal corporations from killing us all.
We expected it from them. That’s their job. Their moral obligation is to make money. Our moral obligation is to save ourselves from destruction. There are more of us than there are of them. But . . . they brilliantly used their billions of dollars to influence good people into denial of the reality of climate change. As I heard recently, “It takes an optimist to say our future is uncertain.” In fact, we are allowing our environment to be absolutely smashed, destroyed, obliterated.
The problem is with your house, which is what I’m concerned about here on Kathy’s Remodeling Blog. In my own life, my home is everything. It’s my safety, my refugue, my solace, my serenity, my privacy, the place where I build up my strength. And I’ve seen firsthand what happens when people lose their homes to weather-related events and their lives devolve into turmoil and rootlessness and hopelessness. I don’t want that to happen to me because I’m not sure I could survive it.
So when extreme weather events — fires, floods, drought, hurricanes, tornadoes, earthquakes — made worse by human-exacerbated climate change threatens my place of safety, then you’ve really ticked me off, oil barons. Your oil profits should not trump my right to live peacefully in my house. Period.
I’ll be attending this event on Sept. 14, and I welcome you to join in.