In 2021 America can make the changes essential for us to survive. We have to make sure this happens.

This is the challenge our global warming climate crisis poses: “Climate change could cause civilization-ending impacts by 2050, according to a new report from Australia-based think-tank Breakthrough National Centre for Climate Restoration.

“The report argues that the United Nations’ assessments on climate change, which call for a rapid transformation of society, do not go far enough in conveying the risk that humanity faces. By focusing on the “threat multipliers of climate change,” how it can worsen existing geopolitical conflicts and stresses, the researchers argue that it could set in motion devastating chain reactions in the near future.”

The solution is the Green New Deal and a New Farm Bill. Chapter 5 of The Great Healing shows how we can get there in time. The bonus ride-along?: We get to enter The New Economy. The $36 trillion new economy. That New Economy.

No. No. No. "In America, the big get bigger and the small go out," said Agriculture Secretary Perdue.


No. No. No.

Echoing the perspective of numerous administrations over 60+ years, U.S. Government policy, largely drafted by and subservient to the objectives of Big Ag is the problem. Here is the solution. The Great Healing Ch. 3 Compassion For The Land, Ch.4 Compassion For Community, Ch.5 Compassion For Democracy. 1,000,000 new rural jobs, tens of thousands of new small family farms, regenerative agriculture at scale, the rebirth of communities — rural and urban — across America, healthier food for all of us, entering The New Economy (the $26T New Economy), repairing our Democracy, and yes, this bonus ride-along as well: corralling the climate crisis, saving our planet and humanity on it. #GreenNewDeal #FarmerProtest

The night I first beheld my printed book this happened...

One of my father’s friends at work was named Joe Schwartz. This was years back when I was 8 or 9. I always liked the sound of his name, and over the years, whenever I tell a story and need a hypothetical name to throw in to personalize it as an example, I’ve used Joe Schwartz. Melanie, Kira and Theo shake their heads when, in yet another context, there’s new mention of Joe Schwartz. 

On Friday, August 30th, my book shipped from the printer in Illinois to our fulfillment center and to Amazon. That evening Melanie Paykos and I were in Bozeman, Montana, having dinner with friends. Pam Koehler, who was our printer liaison for the book, wanted to make an announcement, and corralled everyone’s attention. I thought she had a new client to tell all of us about. It turns out she had a wrapped gift... for me. Versa Press had overnighted her 5 book copies and she presented me with one. It was a special moment for me and for Melanie. One that I will always remember. 

And then this happened. 

The book and our conversation caught the attention - and interest - of diners at the adjacent table. They asked about it. They wanted to read it. One of them came over, put money on our table to buy The Great Healing. Pam signaled to me that she had other copies at home so the evening turned into a book signing. Pen in hand, I asked the man for his name. Melanie lost it when he answered. I’m trying hard to maintain in this photo. His name was Joe Schwartz.

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Climate Strike Photos - Los Angeles, 9/20/19

Some of my photos from the Friday Climate Strike in downtown Los Angeles. Over 4,000,000 people marched worldwide.

"The only way you beat a machine is with a movement."

"The only way you beat a machine is with a movement."

 
Assembling, listening to speeches and music. Waiting to march...

Assembling, listening to speeches and music. Waiting to march...

The sign behind me: "I skipped class today (and I'm the teacher.)"

The sign behind me: "I skipped class today (and I'm the teacher.)"

Now we march - and there are a LOT of us. Heading south away from Pershing Square.

Now we march - and there are a LOT of us. Heading south away from Pershing Square.

Rising up S. Grand there are so many of us traffic has stopped and we are all moving in-between cars in all traffic lanes. The buses, postal van and cars are live traffic and they're not moving for the next half hour...

Rising up S. Grand there are so many of us traffic has stopped and we are all moving in-between cars in all traffic lanes. The buses, postal van and cars are live traffic and they're not moving for the next half hour...

Turning from where I took the last photo, now looking up S. Grand St. Again, marchers ahead filling the street and sidewalks as far ahead as you can see. Most of the drivers we passed very supportive. Engines off, enjoying the show.

Turning from where I took the last photo, now looking up S. Grand St. Again, marchers ahead filling the street and sidewalks as far ahead as you can see. Most of the drivers we passed very supportive. Engines off, enjoying the show.

Love the signs, the smiles on faces. "Everything has to change and it has to start today." "Keep the Earth clean. It's not Uranus." "Respect existence or expect resistance."

Love the signs, the smiles on faces.
"Everything has to change and it has to start today."
"Keep the Earth clean. It's not Uranus."
"Respect existence or expect resistance."

Massing on the lawn and steps of City Hall. Marches end.

Massing on the lawn and steps of City Hall. Marches end.

"Climate is Changing. Why Aren't We?" A very good question.

"Climate is Changing. Why Aren't We?" A very good question.

"Let's get to work." This father with perhaps the next Greta Thunberg on his shoulders.

"Let's get to work." This father with perhaps the next Greta Thunberg on his shoulders.

Festive, inspired. Marching through live traffic. Our numbers go back over a quarter mile — as far as you can see.

Festive, inspired. Marching through live traffic. Our numbers go back over a quarter mile — as far as you can see.

Crying bird, flying birds.

Crying bird, flying birds.

Standing tall for all of us at City Hall. "Respect Your Mother."

Standing tall for all of us at City Hall. "Respect Your Mother."

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Join a Climate Strike Tomorrow; Book Excerpt: Greta Thunberg

“On September 20, three days before the UN Climate Summit in NYC, young people and adults will strike all across the US and world to demand transformative action be taken to address the climate crisis. Millions of us will take the streets to demand a right to a future, and we’re inviting you to…”

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As many as 2,000,000 school children in over 120 countries are expected to walk out of school and join this Strike. They’ve asked the adults to join them this time. Yes, it is a Friday. That’s the point. You will have to leave work for an hour or two. You can find a gathering in your area by entering your zip code on this map:

Here is a brief excerpt from my book about Greta Thunberg:

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She was 15 years old, a student attending school in her native Sweden. The more she learned about the threat of global warming, the increasingly alarmed she became. The issue haunted her for several years.

Greta Thunberg decided the inaction of her government’s leaders as well as those of other countries in the face of this dire threat was intolerable. So, in September 2018, by herself,  she went on strike — she ditched school and demonstrated outside Swedish Parliament in Stockholm. Her sign read School Strike for Climate. And she was active on social media. Over several weeks her protest caught on. The #ClimateStrike movement grew out of that direct action — and spread with lightning speed.

On October 20, she spoke before 10,000 people in Helsinki. It became Finland's largest ever climate demonstration. She “urged marchers to fight for the major systemic changes that experts have said are necessary to limit greenhouse gas emissions and avert a looming climate catastrophe. ‘The politics that's needed to prevent the climate catastrophe — it doesn't exist today. We need to change the system.’"[i]

In December, Greta Thunberg, this 15-year-old student who just three months earlier decided to stop going to school and begin a protest against her government, addressed COP24, the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Katowice, Poland. In January, she spoke to the world's most powerful and wealthy political and business leaders convening at Davos, Switzerland, “harshly criticizing them for amassing huge wealth with the help of pollution-causing industries, to the detriment of future generations.” In February, Greta was in Brussels joining a 7th week of protests by Belgian children skipping school. While there, she spoke before the European Commission. Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the European Union, standing beside her, then announced for the budget period of 2021-2027, 25% of the European Union budget — over $250 billion — will be allocated to mitigating global warming.[ii]

In an open letter on March 1, 2019, two weeks before their “Global Day of Action,”, #ClimateStrike activists wrote, “We, the young, are deeply concerned about our future. Humanity is currently causing the sixth mass extinction of species and the global climate system is at the brink of catastrophic crisis… We will no longer accept this injustice… We finally need to treat the climate crisis as a crisis. It is the biggest threat in human history and we will not accept the world’s decision-makers’ inaction that threatens our entire civilization. We will not accept life in fear and devastation… You have failed us in the past. If you continue failing us in the future, we, the young people, will make change happen by ourselves. The youth of this world has started to move and we will not rest again.”[iii]

On March 15, 2019 over 1.6 million students in over 2,000 locations in 133 countries participated in Climate Strike protests.[iv] On May 24, over 1.8 million people in 125 countries took part in a global climate strike.[v]

Greta Thunberg had turned 16 years old, when, on March 14th she learned that she was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize.

© 2019 by Stephen Erickson

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[i] Jessica Corbett, Teen Climate Activist to Crowd of Thousands: ‘We Can’t Save the World by Playing by the Rules Because the Rules have to Change’, Common Dreams, Oct. 20, 2018, https://www.commondreams.org/news/2018/10/20/teen-climate-activist-crowd-thousands-we-cant-save-world-playing-rules-because-rules

[ii] Clare Roth, Swedish Student Leader Wins EU Pledge to Spend Billions on Climate, Reuters, Feb. 21, 2019, https://www.reuters.com/article/us-climatechange-teen-activist-idUSKCN1QA1RF

[iii] #ClimateStrike, Climate Crisis and a Betrayed Generation, The Guardian, Mar. 1, 2019, https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/mar/01/youth-climate-change-strikers-open-letter-to-world-leaders

[iv] Louise Hazan, Massive School Strikes Worldwide, The 350.org Team, Mar. 16, 2019, https://350.org/page/3/

[v] Julia Conley, As Millions March to Demand Climate Action, Research Reveals Protests Make People More Optimistic About Effecting Change, Common Dreams, May 24, 2019, https://www.commondreams.org/news/2019/05/24/millions-march-demand-climate-action-research-reveals-protests-make-people-more?