We have to fight, finally, without any guarantee that we are going to win. We have waited late to get started and our adversaries are strong and we do not know how this is going to come out. If you were a betting person you might bet we were going to lose because so far that is what’s happened, but that’s not a bet you are allowed to make. The only thing that a morally awake person can do when the worst thing that ever happened is happening is try to change those odds. – Environmentalist and author Bill McKibben, founder of 350.org, an international climate campaign.
I’m reading this the same day that I’m reading that Entergy, the regulated utility that operates in Louisiana, Mississippi, Arkansas and Texas, reported a $2.77 billion profit for the last quarter – that’s for 3 months – almost a billion a month profit! The hotter it gets, the more we crank up the air conditioners, the more money they make.
It was 20 degrees above seasonal average yesterday in central Texas – 95 degrees in Austin – in April in the middle of an extreme drought. The state is being consumed by wildfires. Entergy is making out like a bandit.
There was a brush fire on the outskirts of Austin. It got out of control in the extremely dry, windy conditions and burned a hundred acres, including several upscale homes. People were outraged. How could that happen here, in the city? They say it was started by some guy camped out in a brushy area that hadn’t been paved over and developed yet, a homeless person cooking breakfast over a campfire.
If you love this earth, if you love your children, all children, the future generations, please make this Earth Day a pledge to fight for your planet, for the redemption of the human race on this planet.
May we learn to respect all beings and respect the earth, the land and trees, the oceans and rivers, the air and clouds and rain, the frozen north and the tropical palm trees and all things that live and move and have being, all interconnected in the web of life, our life, our temple of being.