Clearly when we're sometimes in a funk and feeling hopeless and are running out of steam and all that--well, we simply need to be reminded how dismal things really could be.
I write this mainly for newcomers to the scene, or the recently eConsciously-activated as I like to call them. Mainly because I believe in the power of new-found committment, and because those who find themselves so enabled ought to appreciate what it means to have a clean slate and fresh optimism.
A sustainability network-mate of mine, who's been at this for a long time and lives in the U.K., recently circulated this note around, and I'd like to share it with you. Discouraging as it may appear, I say "the reinforcements are here". And with the groundswell of awareness, understanding, and action we're now seeing, there's good reason for hope. But read ahead and see for yourself...
"Here in the UK, I am absolutely & unshakably convinced that in matters such as this, our people will only respond (in the numbers required) if their government takes some kind of a lead: In other words the well known " It can't be important because the government isn't doing anything about it" scenario. People these days (in the UK at least) actually want to believe that politicians are liars and cheats, so when stories emerge in the media like this latest one, their fears appear to be confirmed. I see this from both sides as I work on a Parliamentary Climate Change Group and deal with these politicians regularly. The problem is one of conflicting agendas, & there is so much conflict in both the main political parties right now that they just go around in circles. We are currently working on a Climate Change Bill for example, which is shaping up to be as effective as a chocolate teapot . . . . I'm not usually negative - I would not have survived thirty years in this business if I was not an optimist, but right now, to be absolutely honest I think that we are losing the plot with climate change."