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This is a very interesting story i copied, so see for urself…

Recent polling data shows 74 percent of Americans now believe in climate change, and 68 percent view it as dangerous. The problem environmental activists are facing is in converting those favorable polling numbers into grassroots action.

The math, McKibben explained, works like this. Global leaders recently came to an international agreement based on the scientific understanding that a global temperature raise of 2°C would have “catastrophic” consequences for the future of humanity. In order to raise global temperatures tothis is an interesting issue, ….. this catastrophic threshold, the world would have to release 565 gigatons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. Here’s the problem: Fossil fuel companies currently have 2,795 gigatons of carbon dioxide in their fuel reserves—and their business model depends on that fuel being sold and burned. At current rates of consumption, the world will have blown through its 565-gigaton threshold in 16 years.

To prevent the end of the world as we know it, it will require no less than the death of the most profitable industry in the history of humankind.

“As of tonight,” McKibben said, “we’re going after the fossil fuel industry.”

Obviously no easy task. The oil industry commands annual profits of $137 billion and the political power to match. As McKibben noted, “Oil companies follow the laws because they get to write them.”

However, there are some numbers on McKibben’s side. Recent polling data shows 74 percent of Americans now believe in climate change, and 68 percent view it as dangerous. The problem environmental activists are facing is in converting those favorable polling numbers into grassroots action.

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Enter “Do the Math.”

Using McKibben’s popularity as an author, organizers are turning what would otherwise be a lecture circuit into a political machine. Before rolling into town, Do the Mat smartly organizes with local environmental groups. Prior to McKibben’s lecture, these groups are allowed to take the stage and talk about local initiatives that need fighting. Contact information is gathered to keep the audience updated on those efforts. Instead of simply listening to McKibben, as they perhaps intended, the audience has suddenly become part of their local environmental movement.

It’s a smart strategy, and an essential one—because the problem of climate change is almost exclusively a political in nature. Between renewable energy and more efficient engineering, the technology already exists to stave off catastrophic global warming. Though its application is lagging in the United States, it is being employed on a mass scale in other countries. In socially-stratified China, with its billion-plus population and tremendous wealth inequalities, 25 percent of the country still manages to use solar arrays to heat its water. Germany—Europe’s economic powerhouse—in less than a decade, has managed to get upwards of half of its energy from sustainable sources.

The same can happen here in America—provided we have the will to make it happen. McKibben says the key to realizing that goal is to battle the lifeblood of the fossil fuel industry—its bottom line.

To start, he’s calling for an immediate global divestment from fossil fuel companies. “We’re asking that people who believe in the problem of climate change to stop profiting from it. Just like with divestment movement in South Africa over apartheid, we need to eliminate the oil companies veneer of respectability.”

In conjunction with the divestment regimen, continued protests against unsustainable energy projects will also be crucial. McKibben will be in Washington, D.C. on November 18 to lead a mass rally against climate change and the Keystone Pipeline. “We can no longer just assume that President Obama is going to do everything he promised during his campaign. We need to push him.”

“I don’t know if we’re going to win. But I do know we’re going to fight.”

Do you think that Bill McKibben’s strategy to “divestment” in fossil fuels will work to stop climate change? Discuss in the COMMENTS below.


Matthew Fleischer is a former LA Weekly staff writer and an award-winning social justice reporter in Los Angeles. Email Matt

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Catch it, if u can

Yep, catch it if u can, u need to get over this, so catch and put it away, take it to the bottom of ur experiencebox/mind in ur head, cover it with all the blankets u have, make it go away, vanish, disappear…but….like the picture above u see no people left, only their footsteps in the sand, like it is,  the print will stay for ever, till u sweep the sand, or water it and thats exactly what u have to do, sweep ur brains, water u mind, to give it more chances, changes, till u feel u will be able to handle or deal with ur feelings and thaugths.

How do u do that, some memories keep coming back, they look around the corner all the time and as soon u are a bit down, or someone reminds u in what way so ever, the memoire jumps at u, from its corner and enjoys the stay in the front of ur experiencebox/mind, it haunts u and make u get no sleep at all, even when its old and was crumbled to practically nothing….. it blows itself up, it comes loud and clear, u smell, hear and sometimes even see the experience like it happened yesterday….. people are able to hurt u in a horrible way, just for fun, or they are addicted or the want the power even when they have to make u feel very bad, some of them even like it that way.

How and why, i will never know, but getting hurt by people is the worst what can happen, so much worse if the occurring of feeling bad would exist just by accident, or wrong judgement, childish mistake. So why, does the person have no conscience, no limits or has he/she been hurt too and cannot handle that and just wants to do this to others, instead having to deal with him/herself?

Well i think i should feel good that i don’t know why people do this to each other, in stead holding back and i know for sure half of the harm and pain would be prevented if u are being raised the right way, ur surroundings shows u limits when u are a child and bad behavior,  guilt will be punished, so one learns.

Whatever ur experiences are, don’t get over it, don’t put it way, try to revive it, slowly, with all ur brains, tell urself u are ok and not the victim, the victim is the one who is going beyond and over the human limit, i know it sounds easy and seems foolish, but if u try it each day piece by piece, u get stronger and the responsible feelings about it will first walk aside u, untill u know u are not responsible and actually the hurter/the bad person will seem and later on be the poor one, just take ur time, tell urself u are right, ok and far more than the stupid guy/girl who is trying to bring u down, now u turn the role and in the end u are above it all, how long that make take, in the end u will, if u want to know some more about how to gain balance or see the real purpose of life, visit this website, maybe it will bring u some knowledge, or warmth:) and spiritual guidance.

To many people kill themselves, commit suicide, jump in front of a train, while in the end mostly u are able to get out of it, self-confidence is needed here and if possible someone aside u who understands, who shows u love, love,  words will ever be the same, understanding and love  will make u see, will maybe help u out, give it a try, get professional help, dont be ashamed, angry or demonstated, help urself in coming back to the life u had, the life where u felt good, made u move forward and want to be part of. Dont give it away and dont despair, it will not last forever, and sorry this sounds cruel, but after all its also in between ur ears, in ur mind, see that and the healing begins, u put the one who is making u crazy out of ur head, lame him/her and make it smaller so u will be able to deal with it, after all, u are worth it, dead is easy, life is not, but if u kill urself u will never know how fantastic it can be, what would happen to u and all the ones who love u will not have to grieve..

www.marsk4angel.nl it will be in the same bad english as this blog, but anyhow u will understand:)