“Our main finding, globally, is that urban extreme heat exposure increased 200% over a 34-year period,” says Cascade Tuholske of Columbia University’s Center for International Earth Science Information Network.
14 years ago to the week I moved into my still under construction tiny house and was waking up to birds singing outside and on occasion a bird in the cabin because while the roof was on the eaves were not yet finished. For a week or two they’d visit during morning coffee. 😃
Made an exception to my practice of avoiding non-essential use of a car to take a short drive with relatives to visit Elephant Rocks Park. The rocks consist of the remains of a pluton formed 1.4 billion years ago by cooling magma. A beautiful view.
So, yet another school shooting followed by outrage and the familiar call for change. The ugly truth is that we are all the problem, even those of us who don’t own guns and who want #guncontrol. We’re the problem we because we’re too passive. We demand far too little of ourselves as citizens of a supposed democratic republic – by the people, for the people, we’ve been content to watch passively as “our” government, proves ineffectual at solving problems. Voting and typing isn’t enough. #directaction
If we want change, be it gun control, addressing climate collapse, protecting abortion rights, confronting white supremacy, we’re going to have to get out of our houses and off our couches. The movements are all there, but we all need to help build community power via local activism: co-ops, elections, clinic escorting, protests, ultimately, we probably need to organize a #generalstrike and shut down the whole thing. Real direct action not complaining via keyboards.
We need real, face-to-face community building and development of relationships. It’s messy, difficult, and hard. Sometimes it amounts to very little. Sometimes it changes lives. Little changes, big changes. But if we don’t start making the efforts we can be sure that we will fail. But if we get out there and try, experiment, fail, learn, fail again, but keep building. I don’t see any other way. Waiting for broken government is just letting others do what they want with our lives.
Some examples that I’ve seen or been a part of: Bike co-op (fixing donated bikes, teaching repair skills to kids, #recycling, transport), #Housingcoop (shared housing fostering community, shared resources, #mutualaid, economical), community gardens (learning how to grow food, mutual aid, time spent together, food production), #community tool library (sharing resources), community free schools/libraries. Almost any local business can be built as a co-op. #communitybuilding via potluck meals
A recent episode of the It Could Happen Here podcast provides an excellent exploration of 50 years of right wing terrorism in the United States, particularly violence against abortion rights advocates and providers. Worth a listen. So much violence and I suspect many are unaware.
I’m not growing a lot of food in my garden but I enjoy every little bit I do grow! Most recently, lettuce and strawberries. And plenty of wild daisies which are edible though I’ve not tried them in my salad yet.