I want to be really, really cranky

I want to throw a hissy fit, hurl sticks and stones, swear like a sailor, but I am not going to go there. I’m going to adult my way through this lunacy, focus my energy, get creative and keep on keeping on.

While the Paris Accord could have been that opportunity for nations to come together to save our sorry asses, the rest of the world will have to soldier on without the United States. But just because there has been a failure of leadership on the part of our President, does not mean that the rest of us are off the hook.

(This is my self-talk. It props me up. If I don’t keep up the patter I will find myself inches away from a very dark place. Gripping the edge of the cliff with sweaty palms. A breath away from the abyss. Keep talking, I tell myself. You can do it. If I stop, I’m afraid I will lose my head of steam, throw in the towel and give up on this next to impossible project. So, I don’t stop.)

Leadership comes in many forms, I tell myself. Some elected. Some declared. Some embodied. Then I remember Gandhi and invoke his words. “When the people lead, the leaders will follow.”

We are the people. We must lead. It is our time. (I am the people. I must lead. It is my time.)

I remind myself that tough times call for an unusual commitment and way out of the box thinking. What’s the gift, what’s the gift? I keep asking myself. It was Albert Einstein who said that we cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them!

Quitting Paris does not mean that we quit the climate conversation. Not at all! It means we get super crazy creative and come up with wildly imaginative ways to move forward. Just that thought alone gets my juices going. And it tears me away from the edge of the cliff, dissolves my cranky and tantalizes my imagination. Stay tuned!

14 comments on “I want to be really, really cranky

  1. Contacting Washington is pretty much a lost cause. The Senate refused to ratify the Paris Accord 95-0. Still Obama pushed (but not funded) it. Failure of Democrats on this issue ensured that someone like Trump could reverse the action.

    I hear a lot of wailing and gnashing of teeth on various new networks . . . where were they in 2015 when the Senate was voting.

    You’ve got to separate the Trump hating from the climate issue to have credibility.

    • Paul, thanks for your comment. I agree with you–credibility is built from trust. If Trump supporters feel dismissed, there will be no way to engage in a conversation about the climate. That is why I don’t feel that Washington is a lost cause! The work of Citizens’ Climate Lobby with Congress (both sides of the aisle) has been respectful and collaborative. Read about the bi-partisan climate solutions caucus. (https://citizensclimatelobby.org/climate-solutions-caucus/)

        • Paul, I just looked up the name of your representative–Garrett Graves, 6th district. Is this right? I’m curious what you said to him when you contacted his office. Your voice could make a difference. I’m happy to talk to you offline for a more in depth conversation!

          • Got a staffer who promise to bring the bipartisan caucus to his attention . He is involved in a lot of environmental issues of BP oil spill and eroding coast line, He should be interested in the caucus, but he spends most of his time chasing $$$$ for the GOP. Given his junior status.

          • Paul, that is awesome! You can always check back in with the staffer in a few weeks and ask what your rep’s response was and if he would like to talk to you at greater length about the caucus.

    • Paul,
      I’m wondering where you heard that the senate voted 95-0 against ratifying the Paris accord. When I google that, the Heritage Foundation says the senate never voted on the accord. Maybe I misunderstood what you were referring to.


  2. Unfortunately Trump didn’t surprise us. But one note that made me smile:

    Following up on Trump’s quote: “I represent Pittsburgh not Paris” the Mayor of Pittsburgh noted that Pittsburgh was one of the 60+ US cities that is committed to goals of the Paris Accord.

    Too bad Trump doesn’t really represent Pittsburgh!

  3. Davia,

    I like your list of action steps, but feel one of the most effective actions has been left off. As I write in “Radical”, the most effective action people can take is to rid their lives of dirty energy. It reduces an individual’s contribution to the pollution problem by a good 90%.

    Anyone living in LA can immediately switch their home’s electricity to 100% clean, renewable electricity with a simple visit to your utility’s website. If you drive a car, switch to an EV. It’s that simple. While there are some people who do not have access to electricity where they park at home or at work, most people do have access. Those who don’t should become activists to get more charging opportunities so they, too, can switch to an EV.

    • I’m glad to know that Californians can opt for a 100% carbon-free electric generation supplier. That’s true even in my state, PA, which went for Trump. I wonder how many other states allow this option. Short of buying a pure EV, one can also consider a plug-in hybrid, such as Volt or Prius Prime. If trips are relatively short, you can drive purely on electricity. Since you have gas as a backup, there’s never any range anxiety. After a month of ownership, with zero trips to a gas station, I’ve put close to 1000 miles on my Prime but still have over 3/4 of a tank of gas left.

    • Your comment had me struggling for a personal action item, and I think I got it.

      In 2017, I just traded my 8-year old pickup for a crossover with twice the gas mileage and safety features since we are moving to the mountainous area of North Carolina.

      In 2009, the truck had been purchased as part of Obama’s cash for clunkers program. The trade was a working Chrysler minivan (which really didn’t hold it’s value well), but they destroyed it due to requirements of the government program. I got a new vehicle that I needed and a perfectly good van went to the dump.

      In 2017 for my own needs, I got a new vehicle and a perfectly good pickup was sold to CarMax and will serve it’s new owner well for years to come. Which trade was the most energy efficient? It takes a lot of energy to build and sell a vehicle . . . I am sure I never saved enough in gas to pay for the $4,500 government subsidy. Without question the most energy efficient trade was 2017, the one I made myself for my own reasons.

      Now as to discussing energy conservation with my Congressman, what am I going to ask him to do? Without government help, I am expecting US industry to produce self-driving cars which will introduce huge energy efficiency, revolutionize the industry, put US workers back into manufacturing, and, sorry, Make America Great Again!

      Reducing transportation energy use is a many faceted goal, I have no confidence that heavy government regulation is going to contribute to the solution. Suggestions?

  4. Hey Davia, I thought about you immediately when I heard then news about the Paris Accord. The only good thing I can think of it will get people who otherwise would not have gotten involved, involved. Thanks for fighting the good fight and for opening eyes to the realities of what is happening this world around us, literally.

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