Time to end "business as usual"

Tornado over Stoughton.

At the climate talks now underway in Poland, the Philippine delegate, Naderev Sano, said:

"To anyone outside who continues to deny and ignore the reality that is climate change, I dare them -- I dare them to get off their ivory towers and away from the comfort of their armchairs. 

I dare them to go to the islands of the Pacific, the Caribbean, the Indian Ocean, and see the impacts of rising sea levels; to the mountainous regions of the Himalayas and the Andes, to see communities confronting glacial floods; to the Arctic, where communities grapple with the fast-dwindling sea ice sheets; the large deltas of the Mekong, the Ganges, the Amazon, the Nile, where lives and livelihoods are drowned; to the hills of Central America, that confront similar monstrous hurricanes; to the vast savannas of Africa, where climate change has likewise become a matter of life and death as food and water becomes scarce -- not to forget the monstrous storms in the Gulf of Mexico and the Eastern Seaboard of North America, as well as the fires that have raged Down Under.

And if that is not enough, they may want to see what has happened to the Philippines now."

We are entering a crisis of epic proportions.  We caused it.  It's no longer enough to make one token effort for climate change.  Everyone has to make multiple efforts.

Our current lifestyle is what caused this crisis.  We have to change how we live.  There's no other way.

For the sake of your grandchildren.

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