To my son, born during the climate crisis: Get mad and get ready

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(CNN) – Dear river,

It’s been two years You joined Our Little Blue Marble Go through the galaxy and now that you can say things like “Bill Wear I Want Banana Smoothie”, it’s time to learn the difference between “Happy Birthday” and “Happy Birthday” “Happy Earth Day.”
Both are in April, but one of them has Cake and Hopalong Andy and the other, frustration with humanity. Both include balloons, only on Earth Day do we pick up their deflated shards from the beach or festoon them around a protest sign. March down Broadway.

Problems with the economy based on dirty fuels and planned obsolescence were so disgustingly clear in my childhood that leaders of both political races agreed to create an environmental protection agency and pass clean air and water laws. As you learn more about the Congress of your birth, this will seem adorable.

But they were right. Because of that move people can now see the San Gabriel Mountains and fish in the Cuyahoga River from downtown LA and allow Donald Trump to say there is no need for environmental regulations because we have. “The cleanest air, the cleanest water.”
By the 20th Earth Day in 1990, it was easy to be green but Advice of the day This involves cutting off your plastic six-pack rings to stop sending junk mail to the post office and prevent seagulls from strangling. Meanwhile, 163 million tons of waste Earth Day in Central Park was abandoned by festival goers.

A sanitation official at the time said, “These people did not lag far behind those who participated in the food fairs.” “It was an environmentally sensitive crowd.”

But while we as a species focused on our most obvious flaws, none of us could see the trillions of tons of planet-cooking, reef-killing fossil fuels pumping invisibly into our oceans and skies. And the results were too slow to notice.

Not now.

A few weeks after your birth, we entered the hurricane season so actively that we finished the letters in the alphabet to name them and the storms that followed a year later. Even more expensive.

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The day you learned to open a kitchen cabinet, 15 Giant Sequoias Trees Those that have been blowing with the winds of California for 2,000 years will not survive until 2021.
And one week before your 2nd birthday, it was 50 ° F higher than usual near the North Pole. This should be worrying enough, but at the same time, it was 70 ° F higher than normal near the South Pole. Because they are, by definition, anti-polar this should never happen and moving forward at this rate, it could get worse.
At current carbon pollution levels, the river, when you’re my age Science predicts That the average American city would feel like it was moving more than 500 miles south. Anchorages can be hotter than 24 ° F and about 360% wet while Washington DC will have the heat and humidity of Greenwood, Mississippi. Tucson could jump 10 ° F when it loses about 40% of its already precious rainfall, placing it in a series of Mexican towns in the Sonoran Desert, and Jacksonville, Florida would look like the northern border of Belize.

We do not know how accurate these models will be because, as scientists like to say, we have no spare earth to experiment with. This is it. You, your sister, your friend Matilda, and the rest of the neighborhood are scooter gang exam subjects.

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When you look back, you might be wondering what we were doing with this information except junk mail and seagull-safe six-pack recycling, but you should know that there were countless good spirits ready to come in. “What can I do?” I have heard many at the airport and at some point I started answering with the list.

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1. Get mad.

2. Get ready.

3. Make as many new friends as you can.

Step 1 is easy. First, check out your own “eco-anxiety” (a term used to increase 4,290% in 2019) and then remind yourself that scientists inside the world’s largest oil company were once again environmentally-concerned. ‘Saturday Night Fever’ was in theaters. Internal documents show that they have predicted exactly what we are seeing now.

When you realize that their boss at Sea-Suites has decided not to tell anyone for decades, that anger will be a renewable resource and can promote any peaceful action, from greening urban spaces to statehouse lobbying to volunteering in environmental sites. Injustice because the climate crisis touches everything, everywhere, follow your passion to the point of action.

Nature Photography inspired the creation and maintenance of Yellowstone National Park. Pictures of your nature can also help the planet. CNN’s Bill Weir shares tips on how to make your nature photography better.

And these are fed into steps 2 and 3.

In 2019, FEMA Completely changed the way They assess the risk of flood disasters across the country. Instead of focusing solely on storm forecasting and altitude, they looked at 78 socio-economic factors ranging from income inequality to high-speed Internet access to church membership. This determines the speed of recovery, so tight, trustworthy communities along the coast were determined to be less vulnerable than towns within 50 miles.

By throwing the earth out of balance, we have created a pie chart with three slices: mitigation (problem prevention), adaptation (healing for the problem) and pain. The relative size of each slice is yet to be determined, but an active, organized community is one thing that helps make all three easier. And nothing is more frightening to pollutants.

Even two years after your birth are full of epidemics, revolts, impeachments, the Cold War at home, the hot land war in Eastern Europe, and the deliberate erosion of truth. Throw in industrial-sized addictions, distractions and frustrations and ’22 … was a lot.

But covering this bit, I realized that doing a peer-reviewed doom mainline all day is dangerous to your health. For both discretion and success, we must focus Both As we know at the end of life And Life can be what we know it to be. It will not be the silver bullet that saves us who love, but Buckshot Explosions Better ideas.

And for Earth Day? Think of it this way: What would life be like if you only loved mom on Mother’s Day? Even if you don’t give her a second thought about her pain for the rest of the year, you will only hurt yourself.

Love,

Dad

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