Thursday, November 16, 2017

Earth Rent [Paid]? Well, No

Earth Rent, written by my Honors Climate Change Poetry students, will soon
be in the San Diego Mesa College Library.  The class will be offered again Spring 2018.
Most people I meet are unaware of the likelihood of an ice-free Arctic by 2050 for the first time since humans have been on the Earth which has been about 300,000 years. Sir Ken Robinson, at the end of his excellent TED video "Do schools kill creativity?," cites Jonas Salk: "If all the insects were to disappear from the Earth, within 50 years all life on Earth would end. If all human beings disappeared from the Earth, within 50 years all forms of life would flourish." That is because insects are in alignment with ecosystems, and Homo sapiens are not.

People sometimes ask, "We're going to be okay, right?"

I want to reply, as one comedian asked, "Is there air conditioning in your cave?"

All governments, corporations, and colleges must lead the way in carbon reduction, and carbon reduction alternatives for citizens, and most are not doing anything close to what is needed.

The Earth Rent book above has this dedication:

This book is dedicated to survivors and victims of Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria, especially those from islands of Barbuda and Puerto Rico, as well as Californians affected by fires, and millions globally enduring floods in Bangladesh [widely reported as 1/3 underwater], Peru, Nepal, India, China, Thailand, Sri Lanka, Canada, Iran, Norway, England, Indonesia, Australia, New Zealand,  Vietnam,  Zimbabwe, and other places. 

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