The challenges associated with our changing climate affect much more than melting glaciers and starving polar bears. Because of our global industrial practices, our children’s health, our food supply, and our national and global economies are under threat. Although these challenges will affect everyone, they will disproportionately affect those who are most vulnerable to climate impacts, including low-income communities living in polluted areas, people in rural communities, women, children, and the elderly.
We are a state, a nation, and a globe divided. Divided between haves and have nots, between right and left, between urbanites and rural dwellers. Inequality, racism and tribalism are rampant across the globe, while overall quality of life is decreasing. Because of these divides many of us perceive our own struggles as separate and more important than others.
To solve these problems, we need to reach across our social, cultural, and political differences. We must recognize that we are all reliant on our fragile environment and dependent on one another’s well-being to advance our delicate, resilient and compassionate human race.