The US and China reached an agreement today addressing climate change. It actually doesn't matter what the agreement states, because any agreement is better than the complete inaction of those two countries. Having worked on both the technical and political aspects of climate change, I have nothing good to say about those who are skeptical of the science yet have not taken the time to understand it! On the other side, there are very real political concerns which make the implementation of agreements - particularly those which involve emission caps - very difficult.
My song for today, popularized by Richie Havens, reminds us of our link to the natural world: Follow
I've done my homework. As a responsible citizen, I investigated all of the candidates and referendums (thank you, Google) and I'm ready to vote. In most cases, I've found that my preferred candidate is the one in the party I support, but I have checked out their records in the areas of education, environmental conservation, economic responsibility, and gun control. I have not been happy with the government on many levels theses past few years and I do hope for a change. Yet even as I think that, cynical me is reminded of the cycles we go through. Perhaps we are trapped in the inevitable patterns of the government, the economy... Do we make a difference?