Leadership for Earth Preservation: Oblivious to the obvious?

Screen Shot 2019-09-09 at 7.45.20 AM“The target for new forestation is approximately 22 million trees per year. Over the next 20 years, the target is to plant 440 million…” –Department of Communications Climate Action and Environment, Ireland

It’s easy to get mentally sucked into the deep hole our current administration is digging for our planet.  We currently have the federal government arguing with California over the limits we have wisely place over fuel emissions.  They are too strict!.  Ponder that.

We know the thinking here: gas infrastructure over life.  Status quo over our future quality of life.  Our national thinking reminds me of the worms that crawl out of the flooding garden onto a cement path in downtown New York City.  It’s hard to make cogent decisions when your eyes only go in one direction.

I am over 60, so I have observed many people throughout my life struggle with the obvious, only to find out eventually that they were misguided.  It seems that we humans are not much better than worms as we  hold onto the current logic, defying science and facts, particularly when money is involved.

So you can imagine how encouraged I was to see that Ireland is taking a bold step  to reforest its country, even as our man in the White House seeks to open our Tongass National Forest to “potential logging, energy and mining projects,” according to the Washington Post.

The data about an impending climate crises is clear, I believe.  When the Amazon burns, we all suffer.  It’s not hard to see, unless you happen to live on Pennsylvania Avenue, I suppose.

I wish we could stand as a principled world leader for the rest of the world.  We have always identified as such. I know that many fear the outcome of our abandonment of that role.

I choose to believe that our status in the world as a leader is less important that the totality of efforts around the world.  Maybe it’s time to step aside and let other countries demonstrate new kinds of leadership while we struggle in the American abyss.

Thank you, Ireland, the Prime Minister of New Zealand, and those South American countries that are binding together to counter the damage of burning the Amazon.

It seems obvious to me that we are one planet.  We need to look for leadership beyond our own borders, especially when our  leader and the people who are silently following him are oblivious to the obvious.

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