Sometimes, when overwhelmed by the energy that swirls about, the hyperactive doing, the sense of not enough time, I think of the Laws of Thermodynamics. I wonder if that’s why everything feels so out of control these days: all the energy that used to be stored (in the earth,) has been freed by us, and now it gyrates and spirals, more and more, with every tank of gas, every lightbulb, energy whirling toward chaos. A sense of low grade panic seems to be part of every day life.
The discomfort of heart palpitations ticked up yesterday when I read this article:
I did not get too far into it before I knew what I had to do because panic is unhealthy. As has been previously stated, it can kill. And so, to regain a sense of control and empowerment, I acted. I called my senators to ask what they are doing to effect change in regard to climate change.
The responses of the young women who answered my calls were measured and by the book. They both suggested that I go to their boss’s website and read the press releases on the topic of my concern. My response to their response? I believe it’s called sympathetic, also referred to as the “fight or flight” response. My “Really?” hit a high squeak that is not in my usual vocal range.
I took a deep breath.
*I told myself my senators, and the young women answering the phones for them, have to deal with a lot of different issues, and different opinions. They are trying.
But business as usual is not going to effect the necessary changes, nor bring back all the species that have already gone extinct. That’s the heartbreak. I took a moment to mourn.
*I thought about the Green New Deal, that road plan that might, or might not, be given the chance to pave (with permeable concrete pavers!) the way to a new economy and lifestyle. And that this is our bright and shiny moment as humans. It’s a better and bigger opportunity than World War II to let our true selves shine—to do whatever it takes, however small, to make a difference. And like World War II, it seems to be an impossible task.
I noted that it is impossible, unless each and every one of us takes a first step toward change. No exceptions.
But what of all those climate deniers? They won’t change. They’ll sneer and scoff and shake their head at my lily white, privileged, liberal to progressive naïveté.
But here’s something: In the next posts on energy, you’ll see that they, too, will start paying attention, because it is entirely uneconomic not to. They already are. The necessary changes are already happening. The only question is, will enough people take the first step?
Step one: Set your micromanaging self free. Go out and buy a power strip if you can. Tonight, after dark, go for a walk through your home. Look for the green and red lights that glow 24/7. Your television. Your stove clock. Your microwave. Your washer. The lights you forgot to turn off. Begin tonight to make a habit of unplugging them when they aren’t in use—or plug them into the power strip. Every night before you go to bed, turn off the power strip.
Replace your bedside electric clock with your cell phone.
When you get your next energy bill, see if those changes made a difference.
Step two: Go to the website www.drawdown.org. There you will realize a most comforting thing: we have the answers.
Step 3: Call your Congress people and request that they get busy or busier, or thank them for doing what they are doing about climate change. Mention that they, too, can go to the Drawdown website for ideas. Whatever you do, make it clear that you care about climate change, and that you vote. (Do you vote? Step 4: Go register.)
When I lived in Rhode Island, I could look to Senator Sheldon Whitehouse. Every week, for years, he has given a “Time to Wake Up” speech. Here’s one he gave in 2017 about the politics of Climate Change. Citizens United: Demo-n-Captialism at work.
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