Saving Mankind Is Exhausting
About once a week we get messages alerting us to the latest Apocalypse D'Jour. Recipients are invited to sign an e-petition to save the world from this or that. The apocalypse changes its shape, but the passion attending each threat is compelling. We absolutely have to save the planet, mankind, the wilderbeests, the inverted grey snail darter, etc. etc.
One can understand the frantic exhaustion so often displayed upon the faces of the left of left-centre Leftists. So many vital causes, such little time. Here is the latest offering, entitled "One Man To Destroy Us All":
Dear friends,One man could destroy the future of the human race. Donald Trump. Apparently millions upon millions of "massive polluters" in India or Russia or wherever count not a fig. It's all about the Big Kahuna with the strange hair style about to ascend the throne of the world.
One man could destroy our future in 34 days. Yep, Donald Trump.
He doesn’t even need the nuclear codes -- he just needs to keep his promise to pull out of the Paris climate agreement, and have massive polluters like India or Russia follow suit!
But we’ve got a silver bullet: bypass Trump.
New York, California and Google have raised their climate ambitions after Trump's election -- if we get them to build a coalition of US cities, states and businesses to collectively meet the US climate target, the Paris agreement can hold. Let's send a million voices directly to their doorsteps!
But wait, there's hope. If these folk get a million e-signatures on a e-petition it will deflect impending doom and save the planet, not to mention the snail darter.
This really could work. Key cities, states and firms are already stepping up, with Google committing to 100% clean energy by next year!This approach has one redeeming feature. It is attempting to win the war against Global Warming by persuading people from the ground up. Well sort of. Not ordinary people, but rulers and bosses of one kind or another: Mayors, Governors, and CEO's.
Add giant states like New York and California to giant cities like Chicago and Philadelphia, and experts say you might not even need the US Federal government to meet the US climate target! The Paris agreement can be saved.
Avaaz has already been pushing this idea with insiders, who say that a big public push from our movement could help catalyze the leadership we need from climate heroes. Let's take millions of global voices to Mayors, Governors and CEOs across the US:
Click here to sign!
Leaders change, facts do not. And that’s why our movement is so important. We can keep accelerating on the road towards a safe climate future, no matter who is in power. In the era of Trump’s denialism, let's help bring together the coalition we need to save the world.
Bosses of the World Unite: let's force everyone to save the planet.
What a load to bear. Let's spare a thought for these Penitentials and the great burdens under which they labour.