I write poetry about climate change and sometimes I feel people look at me and say, “There he goes again. Poor guy, what a rut he is stuck in.”

But then I read your pieces and scan the news and think, no, no way. This is what everyone should be dealing with in whatever way and every way they can. Instead, I have pressure to provide excellence in education measured by the percent that get into Ivy League schools.

The old metrics are what got us here. A new metric, a new outlook, a new direction must be taken.

I first read about climate shifts and change in an oceanography class I took at the University of Maine back in the late 80s. I did a research project on ocean currents in the Atlantic and climate switches after the last Ice Age and read Al Gore’s then new book, and stumbled on some papers in Nature about climate switches and CO2 and have been appalled ever since that the knowledge has been here for decades and not one step has been taken except to accelerate the consumption.

We are extraction junkies and our habit will choke the world.

Thank you for taking such a clear stand.

Ben

Writer, walker, poet, educator. Commercial fisherman, builder, donut maker, organic grower. Boston, U. City, Maine, South Africa, Madrid.

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