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Saturday, June 27, 2015

the Surgeon General speaks...

"With Surgeon General Terry’s warning (fifty years ago), our country was made bluntly aware of the dangers of cigarettes and Tuesday, Surgeon General Murthy was just as direct about the severe health consequences of climate disruption. Climate disruption is fueled primarily by carbon pollution coming from fossil fuels and fossil fuel power plants contribute 40 percent of all U.S. carbon emissions. Therefore, it’s logical to think dirty fossil fuel burning power plants now deserve a bold-print warning label that lets Americans know of the dire consequences similar to a pack of cigarettes.
"(G)ood climate policy is good health policy. The reverse is also true: if we keep burning fossil fuels like we are today, we will destroy our health and the health of our children. This message connecting two important facets of good government is what attracted pillars of the American medical community to the summit including the American Lung Association, the American Public Health Association and the American Academy of Pediatrics. It goes without saying that I was honored to be there with them and join them in celebrating the historical significance of Surgeon General Murthy’s words."

Will you listen...or just continue to deny the evidence before us, evidence that messes with your worldview and your shortsighted, self-serving portfolios? (If not, get out of the way, because we're going to change things in spite of you...and save your grandkids' world without your %@*! help.)

Will those of you who do accept the facts finally take some action to help those working to ensure a future healthy world...or will you just go shopping/to the movies/to the gym/to yoga? (There is a lot of work to be done, and the people doing it are amazing people to work with...join us.)

Yes, it's shaming time. The facts are clear, Dear Consumers of the First World Economy. What needs to be done - ending fossil fuels - is obvious and we are all grown-ups here. It's time to take responsibility.  

Get active...make a difference...Life depends on it.