Global Fossil Fuel Industry – Public Enemy Number One to the Survival of our Planetary Civilization

[from Andrea Freeman on Facebook]

Bill McKibben speaking in Point Reyes, CA – 10/18/12 Photo (c) Andrea Freeman

I heard Bill McKibben ( speak tonight in Pt. Reyes. I admire him greatly.In the debates, I’d noticed (blaringly) that the imperative of remedying the rapidly deteriorating condition of the environment due to climate change wasn’t even one of the topics being addressed. This is ludicrous since all the other matters that have been on the floor for debate won’t matter, in the long run, unless we protect the environment. We’ll all be toast. Both candidates made mention of ‘clean’ coal which is absurd as there is no such thing.

McKibben attributes this to the fact that the fossil fuel industry controls the purse strings of this country and sets the agenda. He commented that there’s been a bi-partisan effort to keep silent about the matter of climate change for the last 20 years. He said we have to break the hold the fossil fuel industry has by naming it “Public Enemy Number One to the survival of our planetary civilization.” He said we have a responsibility to address climate change and that it is, essentially, a moral issue.
Bill stated that this year was the warmest year, on record, in American history. There is 50% less surface ice in the Arctic than there was 30 years ago and 75% less ice by mass. He said that the ocean is 30% more acidic than it was 30 years ago.He mentioned the impassioned plea Desmond Tutu made when he urged South Africans to join world faith leaders, political leaders and artists at a huge mass rally against climate change. I found the full quote by Desmond Tutu when I returned home tonight:
“Apartheid seemed an overwhelming challenge that could not be defeated but we mobilized and defeated it. We need the same passion and determination to defeat climate change,” said Tutu. “Climate change is an even greater threat to us than apartheid was, because as temperatures rise, millions of Africans will be deprived of water and crops. This will cause enormous suffering. It is something we simply cannot allow.
In the face of such a huge threat, many of us feel numb and throw up our hands, believing we can’t make a difference. But we can make a difference – come to the rally.”McKibben made the point that the Environmental Movement has to be an actual ‘movement’. We all must rally and put continual pressure on our government(s) to stop subsidizing the fossil fuel industry and to adopt clean and renewable energy alternatives immediately.

McKibben recounted that when he sat in jail after being arrested at the demonstration in DC against the Tar Sands Pipeline, in the next jail cell, was Gus Speth who was one of the founders of the Natural Resources Defense Council. Gus had, at one time, been the Dean of Yale University. Those in jail were not being allowed contact with the outside world but Gus was able to slip a note out to the public via his son, who is an attorney, in which he said: “I’ve held a lot of important positions, but none were as important as the one I’m in now.”

This Fall, McKibben will embark on a 20 city tour of the U.S traveling in a bio-diesel van to hold rallies against climate change in each location.

I hope Obama wins the election but, even if he does, he won’t be able to stand up to the fossil fuel industry without all of us making our voices heard and insisting on clean, renewable energy and saying no to oil drilling in the Arctic and no to the Tar Sands Oil Pipeline! Having a sustainable future on our beautiful planet is our birthright and it’s up to us to take active measures for the sake of all species who are here now and the well-being of all those to come!

I’ll soon be back to posting nature photos and poetry but I felt this was too important not to share.

[Thank you, Andrea, for sharing this, and allowing me to post it here. Bill McKibben wrote a very similar piece in the Rolling Stones Magazine this summer. It can be read here –]

About Mare Cromwell

Referred to as “The Voice of Earth Mother” by a gifted Shoshone elder, Mare Cromwell is a multi-award-winning author, Medicine woman/Lightworker and healer. She has also been told by another gifted elder that her work with Earth Mother is in the prophecies. Her books include: "The Great Mother Bible"; "Messages from Mother.... Earth Mother"; and "If I gave you God’s phone number.... Searching for Spirituality in America". She has studied with Native American teachers for twenty-one years and sat on the World Council for Wisdom Gatherings for three years. Mare leads workshops on our Sacred Planet-Earth Mother, Womb Wisdom and Sacred Silliness and more. She is the visionary and producer of the 1000 Goddesses Gathering in Washington DC. Mare loves to be involved in Ceremony. She is also a former worm herder. She calls Western Maryland home.
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