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  • I'm sitting outside sipping coffee in the smoky morning light.
    California is burning
    My list of should do's and must do's is long
    I have a big show coming up and I really need to be in my studio working, but I'm just not feeling it.
    I look at the trees, my big glorious Grandmother Oak, and it feels like I'm watching them die.
    Nothing I can do, there is no rain..
    California is burning....
    It's sitting in a box of kindling...

    I start to think about global warming
    And I remember it's Sunday and there is a BIG march in NYC
    People are gathering to bring attention to climate change, the man made kind
    I don't have tv, but I do have Roku, and my PC,
    so I decide to see what the Sunday morning corporate talking heads are saying about the March.
    I channel surf...and find nothing..
    Nothing on Meet the Press, Fox Sunday, Face the Nation...
    The biggest march to bring awareness to climate change in history is taking place in the streets below them
    and they are silent.

    On one hand I'm stunned by the lack of coverage, an estimated 400,000 people have gathered
    it is a pivotal moment...where is the media...?
    But on the other I'm not surprised that instead, and as usual, they are beating the drums of war.
    I remind myself they are, after all, on the payroll of big oil...
    just look at the ads proclaiming the glory of natural gas
    Please tell me...what is natural about shooting massive amounts of our precious water into the Earth, water that is deliberately laced with poison, with the intent of fracturing Mother Earth?
    Help me understand

    I decide to see if Free Speech TV has any coverage and by gosh, by golly, there is Amy Goodman, from the news show Democracy Now, she is live, talking to The People
    She is overflowing with good energy...she loves this country
    She is talking to celebrities and politicians and students and doctors and veterans and firemen and teachers, grandmothers, moms and dads, children and indigenous people from all over the world, activists, young, old, trying to make a difference for the future.
    All coming together in solidarity to speak to the assault by big money on the only planet that will support us.

    It is a festive and hopeful gathering.
    they believe this March to demonstrate our need, the urgency, to end our dependency on fossil fuels, will make a difference...
    they believe it will bring an end to the rape of Mother, that lines the pockets of so many with dirty money.
    It is a moral issue, an economic issue, as well as an environmental one....climate change is happening.
    It's man made and 97% of the scientific community say we are nearing a tipping point....
    but our government is not listening.

    There was a hearing not too long ago on the subject of climate change...
    The hearing was held by the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology, and White House Science Director, John Holdren, a real scientist was there, charged with the job of convincing the committee that the Earth was warming and
    that there are some truly some negative things that will result from that...
    Indiana Representative Larry Bucshon a member of the committee was holding his head, shaking it...
    The congressman wanted to know what the big deal was about ice melting in the Arctic, he just didn't understand all the hullabaloo about sea levels rising ...
    and he asked...
    how can melting ice be a problem?
    after all, when you take a glass of water and add ice to it and the ice melts, the glass doesn't overflow.
    will this guy really take part in deciding our future...the future of our planet...the place we call home.

    So on one hand I'm hopeful because 300,000+ people gathered to speak to an issue that effects us all. I am hopeful too because the heirs to the Rockefeller fortune (ExxonMobile), announced they are divesting in all fossil fuels, saying it has become a moral issue and a smart economic move....but then again, Congressman Bucshon is a member of the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology and the cooperate media most people get their news from refuses to address this issue, leaving so many people unaware of this crisis.

    I shake my head and don't understand.
    But I know this...our government hasn't the incentive, or the interesting, to do anything real and substantial about climate change...
    it is up to US.!ep2-carbon/clzn
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