Back in the early 70's when I was a child, there were few movies scarier to me than The Wizard of Oz. Surprisingly, the made-for-TV Horton Hears a Who was one that frightened me more than that wicked green witch with her flying monkeys. Every time it came on, I'd hold my breath until the end, sure that this time the Whos would not yell loud enough to save themselves. Those in charge of their very existence would not hear them. They'd end up boiling in the pot for sure. But of course, each time, the Whos did come through. Little shirker Jo-Jo adds his voice to the chorus of Whos crying, "We're here! We're here!" and the day is saved. I could sleep easy that night, knowing that once again justice (and cold hard facts) had prevailed.
As corny as it might seem, every time I think about the climate crisis the world faces today, I can't help thinking of Seuss's story and how, even with the expert testimony of the majority of scientists who have been trying to warn us of the catastrophic consequences of ignoring the evidence of climate change, many of our world's leaders are unwilling to commit to taking the steps necessary to truly reverse this warming trend in time to make a difference. Why? Because we, their constituents, are not yelling loudly enough. And what should we be yelling? According to Bill McKibben, 350!...more