The gains the nations have made over the last quarter century or so have come through the courts, considering history that’s something of a novelty.
With the looming Trump presidency in view of his appointments and the manner in which he will undoubtedly stack the DOJ and Supreme Court there is an impending dark age not just for the nations but civil rights, the environment, and inclusion as well.
Ignorance apparently knows no bounds as Trump and those he surrounds himself deny the reality of climate change – Trump going so far as to proclaim it nothing more than a “Chinese hoax” even as China ramps up it’s own efforts to address what is obvious.
Michael Moore, a documentarian and social commentator is of the belief that Trump is going to get us all killed – I don’t know what the odds are but I believe they will incrementally increase the longer Trump is in office.
Our demise could come as the result of a war as Moore believes but it also could come as the result of the ongoing degradation of the environment.
Sounds a little fantastic, too alarmist?
Maybe so, hopefully so, but for the uninformed there has been five mass extinctions and the stage is being set for a sixth.
A mass extinction is defined by the rate and percentage of extinction among species – in the neighborhood of seventy percent and upwards qualifies.
Even a cursory examination reveals that species globally are either going extinct or on the verge of extinction at an alarming rate.
I don’t know about others but that doesn’t sound like a hoax to me.
Within a hundred years give or take the global population is estimated to be around thirty four billion – the planets resources are not infinite and whether or not it is capable of sustaining such numbers is probably anybodies guess.
But even if it is what will the impact be on the environment, the air we breathe, the water we drink, the food we consume, the quality of life?
Climate change isn’t something to deny or kick efforts to address it down the road – it is THE issue of our time – an issue that due to dwindling resources and associated tensions could very well lead to wars.
And let’s face it, wars predicated on the demand for resources like fossil fuels are already a fact of life, how much more the likelihood when it comes to food, water, minerals, and land?
Resource wars have been going on in this country, this hemisphere, for centuries, and continue to this day, imminent domain, legislation created to transfer ownership of water and minerals even on privately held land are the favored weapons and vehicles of choice.
Municipalities passing laws making it illegal to collect rainfall in cisterns or barrels in townships.
Laws affecting mineral rights even in the backyard of someone’s home.
The Dakota Access Pipeline is another example of resource wars – wars that demonstrate a complete disregard for treaty or human rights, much less the environment, a disregard predicated solely on greed.
Paul Revere is lauded as an heroic figure in the nations history books – a hero during Revolutionary times that made his midnight ride sounding the alarm that the British were coming.
The Paul Revere’s of today by way of analogy are those who sound the alarm about climate change, those who put themselves in harms way, scientists who collect the data, and even endangered species – additionally it is receding glaciers, melting ice caps, acid rain, smog, and runaway pollution.
If a hoax then one only Dr. Evil could create or a Trump like mini me minion could deny and facilitate.
Denial or pursuing the latest bling won’t alter reality, a reality no one is immune to regardless of station in life or how much wealth they may have accumulated.
Life, if it can be said is owned, then it can only be that as individuals we own our individual life, not corporations, not governments.
An ownership that collectively should possess the ability to address issues of personal and communal welfare – that I believe would be the definition of a representative democracy.