These are dark days on the climate front. Daily, we get new news about the impacts of global warming like a megabloom of tiny plants under Arctic sea ice, the first news of observations of Carbon Dioxide in the atmosphere passing the 400 parts per million mark, blowing past the “safe” level of 350 and taking greenhouse gases to levels not seen in 800,000 years.
And the policy front – where solutions are crafted and implemented – is a painful vacuum, especially at the level of the U.S. Federal government.
But there are glimmers of hope in the form of folks who tell the truth and frame a path forward. One of them is U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse who gave a powerful speech on the Senate floor yesterday about the urgent need for action. The other is author, activist and movement leader Bill McKibben, who was interviewed on stage last night during a live taping of the OnPoint radio show.
. . . and we need all the hope we can get.