December 16, 2019-
The subjects of who is responsible and of how much should we, as a human race, be working together, have resurfaced, in response to TIME’s selection of its 2019 Person of the Year. I have discussed that particular matter, in an earlier post, and so will not belabour the point.
Conservatives are incensed that seemingly irresponsible progressives are in the ascendancy, with regard to environmental matters. Those on the Left, likewise, regard ANY involvement by large business interests and nationalist groups, in the environmental movement, as suspect.
The facts, as always, paint a more complex picture. A politically conservative team, led by Scott Presler, has made its way around the United States, cleaning up mounds of trash and debris in places like Newark,Baltimore, Los Angeles and Chicago. One of the most reliable environmental disaster response teams on the planet is Team Rubicon, made up largely of political conservatives, who also happen to have a solid combination of heart and disaster recovery expertise. I have been part of a local group, here in Prescott, who cleaned up an abandoned homeless people’s camp, in early Fall of this year. While they didn’t appreciate my political views, they did appreciate the help.
There are no shortage of people on the Left who help clean up the detritus, as well. Indeed, Team Rubicon and Mr. Presler’s group hardly conduct political litmus tests of their volunteers. Politics, simply put, should not be a distraction. In the end, the Creator put us all here and we all have to live with what is.
There are as many ways to face our planet’s changing climate-which is a cycle, and no more a myth than the cycle which eliminated so much life during the Cambrian and Cretaceous Periods. Mankind will not be eliminated by this cycle. We do, however, have the responsibility of stewardship for our world, and there as many ways to respond to the challenge, as there are points of view. All are needed here.
Two responses that will not accomplish what is needed are: 1. Doing nothing and 2. Throwing money, willy-nilly, at the events. Indeed, the controversial Ms. Thunberg has herself cautioned against a Green New Deal, in the sense that rushing into responding may cause more harm than good. Plans must be made, and they need to consider as many possible outcomes in advance as is humanly possible. Conservatives, with their command of Outcomes-based Models, can help greatly in this regard. Progressives, with their commitment to social justice, can provide the psychological and emotional heft, as well as a fair share of intellectual awareness, to the process.
We can, moreover, do without the divisive extremism-that, “if THOSE people are involved, then count me out. ” I would have strongly advised Greta Thunberg to so sit down with President Trump (or any other critic she may encounter) and explain her views, as clearly as possible, whilst giving him an opportunity to explain his, in a coherent manner. Neither of them are responsible for the other’s reaction, so it does not strike me as a fool’s errand. For my part, I do not approach my own critics with anything less than dignified respect.
Unity requires no less.