No Plan(et) B

Posted by: Jennifer Scarlott on

Yes, post the Copenhagen debacle, it's clearer than ever that though there is no Planet B, the political class of Homo sapiens continues to have no Plan B for ensuring earth's safety from anthropogenic climate change. Al Gore is calling for action on climate change legislation by the U.S. Senate by no later than Earth Day (April 20), 2010, followed by another climate summit in Mexico City this summer. Will Barack Obama see the light and expend some of his political capital on this "issue"? His presidency will be defined by the presence or absence of vision on the global environment.

Yes, Copenhagen was a debacle, too, for irreplaceable species with which we share the planet. The U.S. Endangered Species Coalition, consisting of the American Bird Conservancy, Defenders of Wildlife, and the Center for Biological Diversity, have just issued a report listing 12 U.S. species threatened by climate change: the Kaua'i creeper, Elkhorn coral, Bull trout, Canadian lynx (found in many states in the U.S.), Pacific salmon, Leatherback sea turtle, Grizzly bear, Bog turtle, the Western prairie fringed orchid, Flatwoods salamander, American bald eagle, and the polar bear.

Homo politicus has not yet faced up to climate reality, but judging from the vibrant and courageous activism in Copenhagen's streets, the "little people" are seeing things clearly. The climate activism and democratization so beautifully in evidence during December's dark weeks will be forces to be reckoned with. Enjoy a recap of 350.org actions in this video (www.350.org/recap), and watch for a full-throttled resurgence of the climate movement in all its myriad forms across the globe in the weeks ahead. Every one of us is essential to the effort.