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October 27, 2007

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Ted Stalets

On today's blog post by Mike, I focused on...

"Jamais concludes:
When I argue that we need to start studying geoengineering now, I don't simply mean the climate scientists and geophysicists. I mean everyone who worries about policy, embraces activism, works with NGOs and movements, or considers herself or himself a stakeholder in the well-being of the planet. If we ignore this possibility, decisions will be made without our consent, even without our knowledge."

I worry about policy, embrace activism, work with NGOs and movements, and consider myself a stakeholder in the well-bing of the planet. Less than 2 weeks ago, when I first heard about CNN's documentary which aired earlier this week - I registered www.PlanetInPeril.org - and put up a Wordpress blog to get more mileage and more activism out of the documentary devoted to global warming, species extinction, global pollution, and overpopulation. Even though I thought that the 2-night CNN special could have been more "alarmist" in tone, I was still grateful for the overall takeaways...

Greenland is melting, Lake Chad has dried up, an island in New Guinea is sinking into the ocean, underprivileged children in coastal Houston are getting leukemia, China’s polluted rivers are at critical stage… there is peril here. The program broke ground for it’s breadth of geography and more importantly, for hammering the central concept that the world doesn’t exist in a vacuum – that every action has a reaction. The negative aspect of much of the “reaction” is that those who end up suffering and dying are the underprivileged. Will we start acquiring some world-wide compassion here? A little I bet.

Definitely Planet in Peril was not a "home run" documentary as I would have liked, but it took those – who would at least tune into the program to hear its message – to first base.

For social change, the cognitive ladder that must be climbed has these steps, as I’m sure you know…
Awareness
Interest
Desire
Action
…for many of us humans on planet earth, we are at the first rung - and hey, that's a start. Thanks for letting me post.

All the best!
Ted Stalets
Vice President
Vote World Government dot org

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