Reading this essay I couldn't help but think back to my high school years and that first Earth Day shorty before my 15th birthday. Even then the message was clear, we were living a self-consumptive life style and Earth's bounties were not limitless.
An understanding of Anthropogenic Global Warming was becoming clearer even though many details were yet to be worked out, the basic outline was there. And the objective need to do something substantive to moderate behavior and allow for human intelligence to override base self-interest and primal instinct was clear.
President Carter's objective sobriety scared everyone and Reagan's message of greed is good and that too much is never enough won the day. By and by, we've wasted decades where moderate changes and perhaps some pain could have made huge differences to the state of our climate. But, our business, political and media leader were too obsessed with their own personal dreams, so instead of working on solutions, they worked on political polarization. While the planet's physical situation continued to slowly slip beyond our ability to influence.
Today we have a citizenry strategically manipulated to be more divisive and distrusting than ever before. I am ashamed of the legacy we have left the Maya's of the world and wish I had more to offer her than just my support.
The following is reprinted from Climate Progress: