Welcome to the energies of 2020. As if on cue, the new year and decade have arrived with the clarion call for Change. Due to the immense influx of cosmic light which blasted Earth at the end of last year, it has brought both the energies of light and of darkness into high relief. America’s warmongers, led by the president’s lunatic decision to have the military kill one of Iran’s highest military leaders has led the United States to the brink of a full out war with Iran. Echoes of the year 2001, when the war dogs became ravenous and created an immensely tragic war with Iraq, are present in the atmosphere once more. War. It’s presence on our planet has been a constant for more millennia than history can tell. At this pivotal moment for humanity, it has smelled yet another opportunity to feast upon human flesh and blood, to wreak destruction and havoc, and to siphon yet more resources that could go towards our common Good into its gaping, hideous jaws.
There are those who believe we are living through biblical prophesies. That the years we’ve gone through and are now facing are the Great Tribulation. That Armageddon is right here and now on Earth. Looking at the daily news cycle, it is clear that humanity is certainly going through unprecedented hard times, chaotic energies, ongoing emergencies, wars, and basically all manner of hell. The energies of chaos and disruption are heavy, dense, dark and oppressive. How can we humans cope in the face of all that?
Dear Readers, I am simply one more human being trying, like you, to manage as best as I can through all the density and gloom. For my own sanity and self-care, I turn to the masters who walked the path before me. Many people came to Earth and faced equally horrific and terrifying situations and gave us road maps for how to traverse through the most difficult of journeys. In fact, every culture on our planet has its heroes and brave, noble, peace-loving souls. The ones who persevered in spite of the most dire of circumstances. The ones who held their inner light as strongly as humanly possible and shone that soul light out into the darkness. Although most left their human forms long ago, their light still shines because that is what the light of divinity does. It is an eternal fire and cannot be destroyed. The other great gift these masters gave us is the lesson that we each carry that same soul light within us, and have the same exact power to wield it before those who would destroy it and us. Gandhi implored us to Be the Light and the Change. So did Martin Luther King. So did countless other leaders of the Way, the Truth and the Life. Buddha, Jesus, Krisna, Quan Yin, Mother Mary, all the Dali Lamas, all the holy people of each age. No matter what your spiritual beliefs may be, nor what part of the world your ancestors are from, the real truth of human beings is that we are not separate from one another, nor from nature, nor from our spiritual roots in the higher, divine realms.
As the current, insane world leaders attempt their latest rendition of shock, awe and destroy so they can continue to reap the profits from war racketeering and human misery, it is IMPERATIVE for us—the ones who are reading, the ones who are feeling the exhaustion, the ones who are pleading peace—to daily hold our Light on high and SHINE OUT into the world. Blast your light as wide and as far as you possibly can, dear Readers! Because we are now into a New Era on Earth/ Gaia, when each one’s light is their greatest strength and weapon to defeat the darkness. The time is now and you are exactly where you need to be. Conquer fear through shining your lovelight upon it. And don’t let anyone cover your light. You are incredibly important to the unfolding of what is to come. Stay calm, and remember to breathe into the news of each unfolding event. Keep breathing and shining your light. Keep going.
Remember back in December of 2015, when the eyes of the world were fixed on Paris? During that historic month, the UN hosted world leaders who haggled, bargained, and were eventually successful at signing the Paris Climate Agreement, which set ambitious global limits for carbon emissions beginning in 2016 and continuing into the foreseeable future. (see the UNFCCC’s e-handbook for details of the agreement here.) For a bright, beautiful moment, world leaders came together in the spirit of hope that by diligently working to reduce carbon emissions, the world and everything (including us) in it might stand a chance of a sustainable future. High fives all around!
Enter the Trump administration. From the beginning of his presidency, Trump made it clear that doing the right thing and saving the planet from climate heating was the antithesis of their leadership model. And so, bit by bit, they demolished laws, rules, policies and federal agencies in their war on sustainability.
Today, November 4, 2019, President Trump’s office issued a statement officially bowing out of the Paris Climate Agreement. According to The New York Times,
The action, which came on the first day possible under the accord’s complex rules on withdrawal, begins a yearlong countdown to the United States exit and a concerted effort to preserve the Paris Agreement, under which nearly 200 nations have pledged to cut greenhouse emissions and to help poor countries cope with the worst effects of an already warming planet.
Though American participation in the Paris Agreement will ultimately be determined by the outcome of the 2020 election, supporters of the pact say they have to plan for a future without American cooperation. And diplomats fear that Mr. Trump, who has mocked climate science as a hoax, will begin actively working against global efforts to move away from planet-warming fossil fuels, like coal, oil and natural gas.
Keeping up the pressure for the kinds of economic change necessary to stave off the worse effects of planetary warming will be much harder without the world’s superpower.
Negotiators spent the early months of the Trump presidency debating strategies for salvaging American support for the accord. Mr. Trump proved immovable.
While no other nation has followed Mr. Trump’s lead and left the Paris Agreement — indeed, more countries have joined — few are toughening their emissions-reduction targets. Analysts attributed that to the absence of pressure from the United States and they warned that the Trump administration’s antagonism toward climate action could dampen future ambitions.
The letter to the United Nations on Monday would allow Mr. Trump to officially pull the United States out of the Paris Agreement the day after the presidential election. The United States would still be allowed to attend negotiations and weigh in on proceedings but would be downgraded to observer status.
Analysts cautioned that even if the United States elects a Democrat in 2020, re-entry will not necessarily go smoothly. The Paris Agreement is the second global climate change pact that the United States joined under a Democrat and abandoned under a Republican. George W. Bush withdrew the United States from the 1997 Kyoto Protocol.
Jonathan Pershing, who served during the Obama administration as the State Department’s special envoy for climate change, said a Democrat rejoining the Paris Agreement would likely be expected to deliver a specific suite of policies showing how the United States intended to move away from fossil fuels. Even then, he said, other countries would be rightly wary that the pendulum of support for climate action could swing back in another election cycle. The United States will have to live with that lingering mistrust, Mr. Pershing said.
“The United States has been written off in many cases as a partner,” he said. “You just can’t count on them.”
Story by Lisa Friedman, who reports on climate and environmental policy in Washington. A former editor at Climatewire, she has covered nine international climate talks. @LFFriedman
Once more, comments by readers to this news article ran the gamut from sad and frustrated to reactionary. I share some of their comments with you, Dear Readers, in hopes that you’ll take heart in the fact that many, many millions of people here in the United States and around the world support the Paris Climate Agreement, and are vehemently opposed to the actions coming from the current White House administration. I take comfort in this fact, and am glad that many articulate, intelligent and ecologically aware individuals cared enough to write their opinions to the NYTimes.
Young people, remember this day, and make sure you’re registered to vote. It’s your planet and your future. 11 Replies 782 Recommend
Preening and posturing, the president is taking obvious and obscene delight in unfastening yet another achievement that his predecessor labored to bring into being. President Obama, more responsible and mature than his successor—by any generous measure— enlisted the world’s leading (and following) nations to take heed of the damage to our planet caused by human behavior. Realizing that our only home is not without a “sell by“ date, its permanence far from guaranteed, the 44th American president, demonstrating genuine international leadership, persuaded the leaders of the world to pool their resources so that generations yet unborn might find a breathable environment with potable water without which life is impossible. In irresponsible answer, Donald Trump, stomping and screaming, throwing things as well as a tantrum, now takes a chain saw to the figurative (and, perhaps, literal) tree of life. Maybe what the rich really want is to wake up from their dreams and experience an earth that’s inhabited only by themselves. Think they’ll want fossil fuels, then? Believe in a super-heated planet? Or will it all be “Obama’s fault?” 8 Replies 478 Recommend
Anyone who has small children or grandchildren ought to be frightened and furious. Murder is to a parking violation as what he is doing to the environment is to his actions in Ukraine. What he did there is worthy of impeachment, as are a number of his other actions, but his disinformation campaign on the climate crisis and promotion of fossil fuels are of another order entirely. They are the highest of crimes. 6 Replies 416 Recommend
This decision is immoral, unwise, and unnecessarily destructive of our country’s reputation, alliances, and leadership. History will harshly judge Trump, Pence, and Pompeo. Many millions more people will likely die as this planet’s atmosphere and oceans rapidly warm as a result of our GHG emissions than would have if this country had kept its Paris commitment. The severity and speed of the mass extinction now underway will be increased as a result of this decision. The cultural and economic devastation that will follow as cities are submerged, famine spreads, tropical disease invades new landmasses and regions, and drought becomes commonplace in many areas of the planet could have and would have been lessened with an enduring American commitment to the Paris compact. The day will come when the names of Donald Trump, Michael Pence, and Michael Pompeo will be remembered only in infamy and disgust. 25 Replies 700 Recommend
When the catastrophic history of the Trump maladministration comes to be written, this decision, withdrawing the US from the Paris climate accord and failing to lead on the most pressing issue of our time, may well prove the most damaging act by Trump. Like so much of what Trump does, it is borne of ignorance and arrogance. He is an unmitigated disgrace. 15 Replies 643 Recommend
Just to read those words, that leaders of other nations feel they just can’t count on the United States anymore, it breaks my heart. I don’t know what Trump thinks “making America great” means, but this isn’t it. The people of the world are already suffering the effects of climate change, as are the American people. I fear it will not matter what history says of the Trump presidency. Our world, our lives, will be devastated in ways no one can imagine. Selfishness, greed rule. The lives of real people do not. 5 Replies 437 Recommend
I am without words. I want to be angry right now, but I’m just sad. For everyone that’s still supportive of Trump and of this policy move in particular, I want you to cement this day in your head. The thought has to stay in your mind through the next 30 years, so when we have to start doing the actual work of moving the populations of entire cities that sit at or near sea level…you’ll remember what side of history you stood on. Those of us young enough to live through the consequences of this action certainly won’t forget. Shame or an apology at that point is going to be pretty meaningless. 4 Replies 426 Recommend
Dear Readers, can you feel the excitement in the air? In case you haven’t seen it on the news media (and chances are good you won’t), #ExtinctionRebellion activists are busy rebelling this week. In 60 major cities in the UK, Europe, Asia, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, South America, Mexico, and the United States, people are gathering to shout, dance, sing, glue themselves to heavy objects, do performance art, and whatever else they can think of to tell global governments to STOP INVESTING IN AND SUPPORTING FOSSIL FUEL GIANTS. NOW. Our global house is on fire, and it is a CLIMATE EMERGENCY.
Here is a news segment from Democracy Now! which interviews Dr. Gail Bradbrook, one of the co-founders of Extinction Rebellion. It’s a great segment to watch, especially if you aren’t familiar with XR’s basic philosophy and three foundational demands. Because climate heating is really happening, and governments can no longer simply pay lip service to the world’s citizens. We are demanding Real. Action. Now.