We need courage, not hope, to face climate change.

end of the world

I’m sitting in Vail, Colorado, with a view fairly identical to the stock image above (my iPhone camera broken thanks to an especially poor run). Cracked phone aside, it was an epic week of skiing within a spectacular natural backdrop. I return to reality tomorrow, and was enjoying a few moments while the clothes wash to catch up on my Twitter newsfeed, when I was pulled into an essay that at once evaporated my Rocky Mountain high. Read this now.

Read this, link here, right now.

This essay, same title as this story, was written by climate scientist and writer Kate Marvel.  It first appeared on On Being, the website associated with the Krista Tippett radio show of the same name, known for taking up the big questions of meaning with scientists and theologians, artists and teachers, and thinkers.

A theoretical physicist by training, Marvel is an associate research scientist at NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies and Columbia University’s Department of Applied Physic and Applied Mathematics. She’s focused on how human activities affect climate and what we can expect in the future.  She’s science-based, and not alarmist, although her beautifully written observations on climate change are extremely alarming.

What’s your reaction? Do you agree with Marvel? And what are you doing to bring us into “the light we cannot see”?

Walt Disney quipped, “All of our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them”. Drop us some comments to share your pursuits towards a sustainable world.


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