Climate Change is Real, Fight for your Home, Earth

Climate Change is Real, Fight for your Home, Earth

Today, I woke up very angry.
I rarely am, but right now, the anger and frustration is just building up in me.
In case you were living under a rock, a racist, misogynistic, anti-vaccines, anti-science man who believes climate change is an hoax is now at the head of a powerful land.
A man who picked a climate skeptic to reshape climate policies.
Surely if you realize that you can’t just go on idly about your own life.
This is not about complaining, this is not about not being fair-game with the winner.
No, this is a disaster, a disaster that threatens not only the most vulnerable among us (poor, minorities, disabled, even women for crying out loud) but our very home : the planet.
They say ignorance is bliss, but ignorance is really just dangerous for all of us.

I would love to come and say “just let’s keep positive”, “love wins all” and “be nice and tolerant”.
But no, I will not tolerate a man who is so utterly against all I’m standing for and just “accept it”. I will fight harder to reduce consumption, pollution, to lessen our environmental impact but also to stop hating people that look slightly different than you for no other reason that they look different.
I believe in solidarity among humans, I believe that the weak should be helped and not mocked and I believe there’s enough wealth to share so everyone can have a decent life.
So I will not tell you not to despair, please do, please weep, cry and yell your frustration.
Get it out there, let the information sink in.
And then act.

Here a few suggestions, but please leave comments below to make the world a better, fairer place:
– invest in education. Everywhere for everyone.
– consume A LOT less, reuse, recycle
– be mindful of the energy and water you use
– eat less meat and less animal products (read about the impact of meat on the environment)
– choose green energy
– buy from local small farmer (organic if you can)
– help people in need
– stand against racism when you see it
– stand against xenophobia
– stand against homophobia
– support human rights for all humans, no matter their gender or ethnicity
– stand for the vulnerable
– spread the word

Hope dies last, so let’s keep hope alive.

Stéphanie

30 thoughts on “Climate Change is Real

  • November 10, 2016 at 3:44 pm
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    Agree with every word in your list!

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  • November 10, 2016 at 4:54 pm
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    I’m not angry, I’m disappointed and sad.
    Sad that hate won, stupidity won.
    Spreading the word and do our part to make a better place is a good step!

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  • November 10, 2016 at 5:00 pm
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    Totally agree. I’m feeling as you. Your list is perfect.

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  • November 10, 2016 at 5:02 pm
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    I love your action list, all things that I can do.

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    • November 11, 2016 at 8:19 am
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      well, yes I tried to write down things that one can easily do.
      You can always go further and create local solidarity groups, etc. Which is probably going to be needed in the US even more soon.

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  • November 10, 2016 at 6:01 pm
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    I am sad. But also kind of scientifically fascinated. Will we topple? Or will we manage to get on to the next step in evolution? We live in such interesting times.

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    • November 11, 2016 at 8:36 am
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      right now, I think we’ll topple. I’ll still try my hardest, but the odds are against us.

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    • November 11, 2016 at 8:10 am
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      haha, yes if you can, it’s a huge step in the right direction 🙂
      and then also zero waste, avoid palm oil like the pest and…
      be nice ^^

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  • November 10, 2016 at 8:30 pm
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    Great list! I would say that education (of all kinds, not only what you learn in school) is the key.

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  • November 11, 2016 at 1:59 am
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    Our choices were all bad, I wish people would quit calling those who voted for him stupid. I am not stupid. I don’t like everything about the man but I like him far better than her or any democrat having control of our country. They’ve done enough damage for the past 8 years. Being a “middle class” citizen, I’m tired of paying for people who simply want to live off the government and not work but are capable of working. I’m tired of busting my butt and having nearly half my check taken to pay taxes and insurance with it. I’m all for helping those who can not help themselves but I am tired of providing for those who can and choose not to.

    But regardless of who is in office, I do agree with you, we as human kind must take the steps to make our world a better place. Trump by himself can not make it better but Hillary couldn’t either. If we want a better world then make it better by starting in our own homes. Teach the children to love not hate, to respect, to be kind, to be compassionate. How will the younger ones know a better world if we don’t teach them and give them the tools to make it that way? We certainly can’t do it by throwing insults at each other. We can’t burn flags, disrupt traffic, beat people for voting for Trump and then chant “give peace a chance”. And in case your media is not showing it, that is exactly what is happening right now here in the U.S. The divide in our country has been going on far longer than this election, it’s been getting worse for years. Trump didn’t help with his mouth spouting off the first thing that came to mind, please don’t think I am saying he is innocent, he isn’t. I for one refuse to be a part of the descension into chaos. Regardless of whether he believes in climate change or not, there are too many people who do and they will fight for our planet. Just because he was elected doesn’t mean that hope is lost. Hope is never lost unless we choose to let go of it. 🙂

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    • November 11, 2016 at 8:09 am
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      Hi Lisa!
      I’m glad you felt safe enough to come out in these times and said for whom you voted.
      It seems to me you mostly disliked H. Clinton and the tax system, as you agree with all points on my post, and these D. Trump would disagree with all points on this post. Regardless of everything he still is a racist, homophobic (well maybe not that one? I’m confused, he’s changing all the time), anti-science, misogynistic bully that thinks climate change is a hoax.

      For the taxes, I understand the US are very different from European countries, where we have lived in a tax system for… well as long as most of us remember.
      We are actually right now thinking of taking the next step, which is the idea of an unconditional basic income : https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2016/apr/13/should-we-scrap-benefits-and-pay-everyone-100-a-week-whether-they-work-or-not

      But let’s go back to the taxes. The fear that the taxes are being used for the lazy is actually unfounded. Sure, they will always be people profiting from the system, but giving a chance, most people will actually work. And to ensure people find or create their own work it helps a great deal to have a quality basic education.
      I know it’s the opposite of what you’ve grown to learn, but you have to imagine that the bigger idea is to share and to see health insurance as a right rather than a privilege, education also should be a right rather than a privilege, and people should not have to pay high fees to have access to quality education and knowledge.
      Why? Because if tomorrow you loose your arm in an accident, you should be covered and not worry about paying for the expenses, if you can’t work anymore due to the lack of arm, you still should be able to pay your rent and for food.
      Or more realistically, if you live in a place where jobs are scarce and you find nothing, even though you want to work, you should be helped out, simply because you are a human being.
      You might not have the money to move elsewhere and the help you get is just enough to keep you so low you can’t change your situation. That is a problem. it is a problem because we can help out, the tools and money are there, we just need to share.
      It’s like a big family, when it’s lunch time, you all share lunch, even with those who don’t work as hard. (the kids, the old, the disabled, the one who can’t find a job).

      You said you were a republican, so you might be very closed to the idea of a shared system, but it’s actually to better people’s live, not to make it worse, it just needs some time to find the right adjustments.

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      • November 14, 2016 at 3:29 am
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        I’m for a system where everyone who is capable, can and do pull their own weight. I’ve seen with my own eyes and heard with my own ears those who abuse our system. When I was young and had just had my daughter I went to that system to get help. And I was turned away, made to feel shame for asking for help. While the black girl who had been sitting beside me patted her belly and said “this is just another check for me”. I went to a local charity for help, thankfully I had found a great one and was able to get help. The system wouldn’t help me because I was working as a school bus driver which was considered seasonal work and that I owned my own car that was worth $3k. But if I quit my job they would pay for my rent, groceries, phone, lights and medical expenses. I could not believe what they were telling me. That’s not a system to help people, it’s a system to keep people under government control. And there are far more people taking advantage of that system leaving those who truly need it without help. Our “health care” system that Obama put in place…only managed to drive up the cost of everything. My dad spent his last year of life in pain because his $40 cortisone shot went to over $500, ultimately dying with an addiction to pain killers he was having to take just to function but never fully giving him relief like the shot did.

        The only man I have ever been in love with…lost his life early this year because he made too much money to qualify for medicare and not enough money to qualify for Obamacare. He caught the H1N1 flu that then turned into pneumonia. Going to the doctor or hospital has gotten so expensive that he thought he could just rest and take care of it himself at home. Before anyone knew how serious he was it was too late. I still can’t breath when I think of him being gone. Tears fall everyday, the pain is overwhelming. He was only 51, this shouldn’t have happened. We had just found one another again, we should be starting our lives over together.

        And I am not against sharing what I have, but leave that decision to me not the government. I should not have to work all day in my garden, tending to the plants and the soil, pulling weeds and watering and harvesting only to be told by government that I now must give 1/2 to a man who has not shared in the upkeep and work of that garden. If he can not, that’s different but if he will not work then why should I feed him? There are far too many people in our country who can work and will not and have the mentality of “if I can get the government to pay for it then why not?”. It isn’t sustainable. If you have more people drawing from the system than paying into the system at some point the whole thing will crash.

        But as with most people who have formed their views it doesn’t matter what I say, I will be in the wrong, blind to the “truth” and some kind of phobic. I live the truth and something needed to change. I love all people and I want this world to be a better place for everyone. Just because someone else is whatever phobic doesn’t mean I have to be. Just because someone else doesn’t believe in climate change doesn’t mean the whole country doesn’t. People march in the streets wanting acceptance but they are unwilling to accept. They want respect but they will not give respect to someone else. They chant give peace a chance while their brothers are demolishing a cop car. Trump might be a mistake but he has 4 years to prove us all wrong…. or right. Maybe his views on the climate are because he needs to be more educated on it. But everyone is shouting Armageddon and he hasn’t even been sworn in yet.

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        • November 14, 2016 at 2:33 pm
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          First of, I believe the more people like you come out and explain their reasons in a polite and calm way, the better the chances to turn things in a less ugly direction.
          I think you don’t realize how much we agree on, and most people can stay open to other points of views when they are given the chance to discuss their own point of view.
          I found this article this morning, but I find it fitting, so here you go : http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2015/03/the-audacity-of-talking-about-race-with-the-klu-klux-klan/388733/

          I am in France, so I can’t judge your health system much. I know getting medical help is outrageously expensive, as a friend of mine who is a brit, paid over 1000$ for a root canal infection, when in the UK, she would have paid 100 tops. She told me, it would have been cheaper to go back to the UK, get the tooth fixed and then back to the US.
          Since I can’t quite comprehend why the costs have so dramatically gone up and I only have your experiences, it’s impossible for me to propose a solution. (not that I would be the best suited for that anyway)
          And quite clearly, you are hoping for a more just system, and I truly wish it’s going to work out.
          Honestly, what you wrote makes me really angry, I’m so fed up with people struggling for things that should be rights, like healthcare.
          And yes, clearly, one should be helped, especially when working seasonally but not being able to make ends meet despite having a job.
          I’m afraid there’s a big division nowadays among most citizens of “developed” countries, and the upper middle class often doesn’t realize the struggles of the pour and low middle class, yet struggles as well, while the few on top are just getting richer and delocalizing their money income to avoid paying taxes. This is a problem, because money needs to be redistributed so a society can function as a whole. I do not say everyone should have the same amount of money, I think it’s perfectly fine that some people earn more and make a fortune. But at some point you can’t just let people get richer by exploiting unjustly the work force either, as it creates a terrible imbalance, and forces people to choose people like Trump, who propose change, even though they also bring dangerous ideas with them.

          I also believe you need to try to understand that people can’t so easily accept Trump, when he picked a climate sketipc, a white supremacist and an extreme religious man to stand by his side. When he openly showed homophobia, racism and general bad behavior, encouraging bullying minorities.
          When he threatens to break the climate treaty with the UN and even leave the UN. (which even though it’s not always great, has permitted we live in war free zone for many years)
          Never forget, you might have voted for getting a hopefully better life and change, but you are also getting the whole package with rising racism, climate skeptics, anti-science, misogyny, etc. Which are not details and quite dangerous for many minorities.

          Also, side note, I know it’s a true debate in the US, but being against abortion and pro guns baffles any european.

          Lastly, I’m all for pacific marches, but obviously, trashing cars or shops or being violent is helping nobody. And from what I see both sides are equally bad, those who do not accept and become violent towards people and goods, but also that part of voters who are racists who now openly are violent against any minorities.
          It would be good to find a common ground and open discussions again. (a bit like we are having here)

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          • November 16, 2016 at 3:16 am
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            Stephanie I wish everyone could sit and calmly talk about the issues with respect and kindness as we have. I think a lot of things in the world would quickly be resolved in a manner that truly helped and healed this wounded world we live in.

            And I agree with more of what you’ve said than I disagree. And Trump may be the wrong person but Clinton may have been as well. We can not say with 100% assurance that either one was the best choice.

            And again I meant no disrespect to anyone. If I have said something that offended I am sorry. I just wanted to say that 8 years with Obama in charge has not been the rainbows and unicorns everyone that voted for him claims it has been. For the working middle class it’s been the hardest 8 years of my life and 8 years of feeling absolutely hopeless. But that’s my feelings, my experiences, no one else’s. I am but one small soul in a sea of millions.

            I can tell you that I was told by a doctor and several nurses at the hospital when my dad was ill that the reason for the drastic increase in some things was directly a result of Obamacare. They tried to regulate prices of certain things and the medical industry hiked prices up on the things that weren’t regulated to make up for what they claimed they were loosing on the regulated stuff. Some will argue that it isn’t why but that’s what I was told by several in the medical field so it seemed a reasonable explanation to me. Not a fair one but reasonable none the less.

        • November 15, 2016 at 1:23 am
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          OK I didn’t want to get into something like this but I am so insulted I could spit! I am a proud African-American. My father was a veteran for this country and that is as far as I will go right now about what my family has contributed for the USA. I struggled until I earned a Master’s degree. All the while volunteering so much my portfolio is an inch thick and I am exhausted. This is true of my parents, my siblings and all of the family grandchildren also degreed I might add. I am not the black woman sitting next to you and have more white friends than you can imagine. Maybe if you had a real friend of another subculture (we are all Americans) then maybe you would have a different view of the world.

          As far as the Obama care. It was wonderful until the Republicans tore it to shreds. They didn’t want it in full because they didn’t want him to have a great legacy. It was doomed to fail after that. Now everyone is talking about how bad it was! Ridiculous.

          You appear to be in pain and as a result hate a specific group. There is so much I could education you on, but you need to get help for your hatred first so you would be able to see clearly and understand.
          Wishing you lots of love and peace

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          • November 16, 2016 at 2:50 am
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            I did not mean to insult you dear, I truly didn’t. And I hate no one. I was simply saying that the girl next to me was black. I meant no racial slur. My point was the system is messed up. I am so sorry that it didn’t come across that way. There are people of all color abusing the system and it needs to be fixes somehow. Please forgive me.

    • November 15, 2016 at 1:11 am
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      Does this include the wealthy who don’t pay taxes at all yet get millions in personal benefits? And are protected by the same military and other government services? Or are you just focused on one group?

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  • November 11, 2016 at 6:06 am
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    oh que oui!
    agissons à notre niveau
    y a pas de petits gestes parlons en
    résistons

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    • November 11, 2016 at 8:35 am
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      oui, même si honnêtement, c’est bien gentil, mais s’il n’y pas de réglementations qui vont dans le même sens, c’est pas super efficace. Enfin bon. Qui vivra, verra.

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  • November 11, 2016 at 12:01 pm
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    Your new art is gorgeous nature opposite to factory. I was shocking when I saw so many electors not believe in climate changing…. and these people have enough power and millions of others follow them….
    one more tip from the Netherlands:)
    use your bike everyday

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  • November 11, 2016 at 7:30 pm
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    Entièrement d’accord, après avoir été assommée une journée, je pense tout à fait comme toi : ce n’est qu’une raison de plus pour faire mieux (de mon point de vue c’est surtout moins : moins de mauvaise consommation, moins d’emballages, moins de gaspillage, etc).

    Et en tant que mère je m’efforce chaque jour d’enseigner ça à mes trois enfants, de montrer l’exemple et d’expliquer pourquoi.

    Dans mon quartier je vois que les choses changent doucement, un composteur s’est installé, une boîte à dons pour les objets qu’on ne souhaite plus, le bio prend de plus en plus de place dans les rayons de mon petit supermarché…

    Chaque petit pas est un gain, et si tout en haut ils s’en fichent nous feront sans eux.

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  • November 14, 2016 at 10:35 pm
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    It’s the way things are that made me so upset last year, seeing this happening before it actually did for the whole world to see. It’s frustrating and unhinging.

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  • November 14, 2016 at 10:37 pm
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    PS… I really love your smoke stacks!

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  • November 17, 2016 at 4:04 am
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    I just want to say that there is no truth to the statement that income can be too high for someone to qualify for Medicare. Medicare is available to everyone at age 65, often even if they’ve never paid social security or medicare taxes on their income.

    Perhaps the writer meant that the person in question didn’t qualify for Medicaid, which IS a federal program for people with very low income, or another State health care program like Medical for low income people. However, getting rid of the Affordable Care Act (there is actually nothing officially called “Obamacare”) will do nothing to provide insurance to anyone who doesn’t qualify for one of the State/Federal health coverage programs for low income people and still can’t afford the coverage plans offered under the Affordable Care Act. It will simply strip away health care coverage for the millions of people who ARE able to purchase coverage only through the Affordable Care Act.

    Health care in the U.S. is pretty much a commercial for-profit business…despite the non-profit label that most of the big hospital systems manage to carry . Unfortunately, the Affordable Care Act doesn’t and can’t change that. The new president and congress isn’t going to change that, either, and under them you are still most likely going to be without health care coverage even if the Affordable Care Act disappears. That doesn’t improve anything.

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    • November 17, 2016 at 8:50 am
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      It probably is the main problem, healthcare by definition should be non-profit. So only earning money to pay expenses, but not making money on the back of the sick and the old people.

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