Donald Trump’s son big game hunting
“Everybody got this broken feeling. Like their father or their dog just died.” ~ Leonard Cohen (R.I.P.)
Mark Halperin, managing editor of Bloomberg Politics, was a guest on Steven Colbert’s election night coverage. As it became apparent that Trump would win the Electoral College, he said that this outcome is as devastating as World War I, World War II, and 9/11.
We are now at all-out war with a bigoted, patriarchal regime, fighting for survival of life on earth, including human life.
Climate activist Bill McKibben says we cannot afford to go backward for four years of a Trump presidency. We must pull life back from the brink of extinction now. People are asking what they can do. Here are some ideas.
Step out of your comfort zone. It no longer exists. Wake up and make radical changes.
Get involved. Build coalitions. Women, people of color, immigrants, the LGBT community, animal activists (people who love wolves or dogs, cats or bobcats), millennials fighting college debt must join together to stand for life. This is not a reality TV show. It is not a trial run.
Most importantly, prioritize what you can do as an individual. Move to a plant-based diet.
On behalf of WildAid, Arnold Schwarzenegger has paired with film-maker James Cameron to do a series of films aimed at the Chinese that advocate cutting meat and dairy consumption by more than half.
This is the most important immediate action we can take as individuals.
“With climate deniers now running the show, it’s more important than ever for people of conscience to fight climate change by doing everything we can as individuals,” Cameron states on the website. “One of the most powerful things we can do is to stop eating meat, dairy and other animal foods. Animal agriculture produces more greenhouse warming than transportation — more than all cars, trucks, planes, trains and ships combined. We don’t have to bemoan the inaction of a denier government — we can solve this ourselves.
The website continues: “According to articles published by Chatham House and in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the current level of meat consumption is not sustainable and has a tremendous impact on societal health and the environment. By 2050, global consumption of meat and dairy products are expected to rise 76 percent and 65 percent respectively. Several studies confirm that current agricultural practices are a hugely inefficient use of land and water, driving deforestation, biodiversity loss and many other environmental crises.”
WildAid has created five short films entitled “The Future of Climate Is on Your Plate”:
• The Precipice
• Don’t Buy It
• Behind the Scenes
• Less Meat Less Heat
• Eating for Tomorrow
For information and inspiration, follow Thom Hartmann on television, radio, computer or smart phone. Hartmann has talk shows four hours daily on Free Speech TV (satellite, not cable) and is doing daily readings from his books. Lately he has been reading from “The Last Hours of Ancient Sunlight,” “The Crash of 2016,” and “The Last Hours of Humanity.” He is a progressive educator and historian.
Study the site Hartmann set up with Leonardo Di Caprio: Green World Rising. It has films and actions to take. You can sign up at the bottom of the page for updates.
Hartmann had Bernie Sanders on his show every Friday for 11 years in a “Brunch With Bernie” series. Now Hartmann is advocating a pathway to power for we the people to take back our country:
1. The progressive wing must take over the Democratic Party. To that end, he and Bernie Sanders are supporting Keith Ellison to become chair of the Democratic National Committee. You can sign a petition here.
2. Take a page from the successful Republican playbook and get involved locally. Specifically, go to Democratic Party meetings and tell them you want to be a precinct committee member. Precinct leaders decide who runs for office. They have tremendous power. We especially need young talent to fight for free college, universal health care, climate justice, appreciation of racial diversity, equality, and respect for all life.
3. Attend town hall meetings and volunteer or run for county boards. Participate in your city council meetings and run for office.
4. Stay in constant contact with your representatives at the state and federal levels. Educate them and stand up for wildlife and a progressive agenda. Letters are much more effective than emails, which are bundled and receive form letter responses. Calls are the most effective. The staff runs the ground game for Congress.
5. Hartmann and others are advocating another page from the Republican playbook: Filibuster everything that the Trump administration does, including any Supreme Court appointment that is toxic to this country.
Republicans met on the day that President Obama was inaugurated and pledged to block everything good he would try to do — even if they had proposed it prior to his election. We must fight fire with fire.
Trump and his trophy-hunting sons are a major threat to all of us and life on this planet at just the wrong time. His appointments and supporters are climate deniers, KKK white nationalists, NRA supporters, oil and coal barons, and nature and wildlife destroyers.
All is at risk.
“And everybody knows that it’s now or never… And everybody knows that the Plague is coming.
Everybody knows that it’s moving fast.” ~ Leonard Cohen
This column was originally published in the Madison CapTimes on November 20, 2016.