Climate Change is my Civil Rights, Vietnam War protests

When I was graduated High School in 1977, climate change wasn’t part of the current lingo.

I was too young at march in Selma, Alabama.civil-rights

Or protest against our involvement in Vietnam.images

I was too young to party at Woodstock, but I loved Joni Mitchell’s lyrics, “We are stardust, we are golden, and we got to get ourselves back to the garden.”

 

How spot-on are those words today? Climate Change and Global Warming is happening and I’m doing my best to get us back to the garden.

My history of protesting consists of one march against the Russian National basketball team at Kent State University in late 1970’s. Joel Goldstein led a group of students who urged the school to cancel the game due to the Soviet Union’s refusal of allow Russian Jews to emigrate. The protest lasted one hour, and when it was over, we went for pizza and beer. A handful of students couldn’t compete with the might Russian Bear. My early days of radical behavior ended quickly with a thud.

It’s been a long time coming, but I found my cause. It’s invigorating to believe in something so strongly that you’re willing to miss your team playing in the World Series to hone this blog post. (Go Tribe!)

Would I have taken a stand for justice or plead to end the Vietnam War if I was of age during those difficult years for America? We’ll never know, but I’m here now! This is my Vietnam! This is my chance to play Peter Finch, the actor from the 1976 hit movie “Network”. The famous line from that movie was when Finch went to the window and screamed, “I’m mad as hell, and I’m not going to take it anymore!”

What will you do to stop the flow of fossil fuels, pipelines, plastic in the ocean, fracking everywhere, and poison in the air and the ground?

We have the knowledge to harness the power of the sun and the wind to fulfill all our energy needs if we repeat the bold action that led us to land a man on the moon in the 1960’s.

You can’t sit this one out. For starters, contact your Congressman and ask them what they’re doing to stop global warming.