Tuesday, December 11, 2012

"No more delays, no more excuses."



I was originally prompted to blank stare a CNN article that credits Kanye West for the emergence of the "Black nerd."

A "blerd"?

Barack Obama is referenced as a poster child. Dr. Henry Louis Gates Jr. had some things to say. Solange was there in spiritTouré is probably penning an autobiographical treatise on the subject.

I don't have the time. 

Resolved that a singular voice on the interwebs cannot possibly school the employer of my favorite garden gnome, Wolf Blitzer, the dangers of blindly classifying any Black youth with an interest in intellectualism and a semblance of personal style as a blerd...
I gave the jig up and ate a churro.

Ira Glass over at WBEZ Chicago talked me off the ledge.

This week's radio broadcast of This American Life  highlighted an unorthodox moment at the 2012 United Nations Climate Change Conference in Doha, Qatar. At the December 6th plenary session, lead negotiator of the Filipino delegation, Naderev Saño, delivered a particularly moving testimony in light of Typhoon Bopha's devastating impact on the Philippines.



[Transcript.]

Naderev Saño's appeal to the world deserves recognition.


We discuss.

HIM:
And yet his plea is futile because the human spirit does not react to such things until the whole has reached it's precipice. I am more angry than I am sad because I know his plea fell on deaf ears. You don't think they know the planet is heating up and thus more natural disasters will result? Unless we, the US, gets hit by the likes of what hit Haiti or Japan we will be the main contributors to the accelerated climate. How do you make people who don't care care without hoping they face the same suffering you have? You cannot. Its hard to understand suffering with just your eyes. And then I am reminded of the bureaucracy of the UN and how it stifles itself...le sigh....we need to do better or else...

HER:
Agreed, particularly regarding empathy. Empathy proves difficult when invested parties have not experienced a similar hurt. 

However... what happened in Haiti is precisely what happened with Katrina. Poor infrastructure and destitute neighborhoods prior to the disaster only exacerbated the lasting effects of the earthquake there... The typhoon over there... The hurricanes here...

New Orleans is still in process of recovery. And Sandy... Families in Staten Island and other affected areas remain heavily reliant on relief centers... indefinitely. 

At the very least, there is some cognizance in the American milieu. We are not completely unaffected. And so, I have some hope his plea will motivate key mobilizers.

HER, too:
I agree with all of you and really I think change has to come from a grassroots level and needs to be on a large scale, which may not happen. It's ridiculous to me that the validity of climate change is still being debated. Global warming shouldn't be a question. It's a problem and working towards a solution should be what garners debate. For me the end of 2012 has been enlightening  as I become more conscious and aware of the way I live my life and what kind of impact it has on my body, my conscience, and the environment. 

There are things the I think individuals can slowly start to change like limiting our dependency on chemicals such as PVC, which is prevalent in almost all plastic products. The demand for meat in this country and over the world has increased exponentially and the waste from the animals contaminates water. The amount of water used for the animals and irrigating feed crops exceeds 8% of human water use and there are tons of emissions involved in transport, operating slaughterhouses, etc...

I think education is really key in all of it. If people start to change governments, corporations will inevitably respond because they have to. But, who knows.  A lot of the time people don't really care to know. And  with climate change and its effects, people seem to think that any big disaster likely won't happen in their lifetime, so it's not their problem.

HER, too, again:
Oh yea, go vegan!




1 comment:

Gregory Matthews said...

I agree with you all.. Him, Her, and other Her. There is no doubt that more natural disasters are coming down the pike. It is obvious that much more grass roots awareness needs to happen though. And unfortunately,this awareness sinks in after one has been directly affected by a disaster. But the key here is organization and the constant drive to improve our daily methods. OTHER He--- Education is key. Without it, there is no hope for any improvement. It is obvious that doing the right things will cost large sums of money. But these are investments for the future of our existence. The technology is here, but the Green revolution still needs a push. A great place to start with heavy awareness right now would be New York.... I'm thinking some type of benefit concert with national acts, geared towards individuals and small businesses.