“Now is not the time.” That’s what I keep hearing.
As three Category Five hurricanes make landfall in the Caribbean in three weeks, now is not the time to discuss climate change, according to KellyAnne Conway and the talking heads of Fox News.
The Larsen C ice shelf in Antarctica calved a trillion ton iceberg in July this year. Last week, it began to drift away from the continent. Sea level rises are predicted to make coastal cities in several countries uninhabitable by the end of this century.
But now is not the time.
The 45th president of the United States addressed the United Nations today. How do I know that now is not the time to mention climate change? He didn’t. For all the bravado and bluster directed at North Korea, the greatest threat to human life on this planet didn’t even get an aside.
Just after Houston disappeared in the deluge of Hurricane Harvey, I saw someone on television claiming that it was legitimate to have questions about climate change. They are absolutely right. It is legitimate to have questions. Here are the questions you should ask:
- How am I contributing to it?
- What can I do to slow it down?
Because the right-wing nutjobs are right. Now is not the time to talk about climate change. The time for talking about climate change has long since passed. It’s time for concrete action. It’s no good waiting for the politicians to climb out of their donors’ pockets to take meaningful progress. It’s time to do something.
Here’s one thing you can do that will make a difference. Use less plastic. Plastic production is a large, heavy carbon-intensive process. Many plastics are produced for single use. You may have heard that plastic is choking our oceans. It’s worse than that. It’s in your tap water. So even if you don’t care a jot about the seabirds and marine life that’s dying as a result of plastic ingestion, think about yourself, and get plastic out of the food chain.
Other things you can do? Drive less. Consume a little less. Think about your choices more. Campaign. Talk to your friends and family. Come and join a SEASFiRE program.
Every small difference aggregates up.
Now is not the time to talk about climate change.
There is no time. Act now.