I am certainly grateful for all of the citizens’ efforts that you relate, Mr. Kimbrell. Nonetheless, as time is short given the magnitude of climate destabilization added to deforestation and the acidification of our beloved oceans, what makes more sense than fighting the SAME fight on a state by state or community by community level would be a national, (even international) over-arching law (or set of laws like those proposed by Evo Morales of Bolivia) that protected the ecosystems vital to air, water, and soil quality. (Meanwhile, these local battles are helpful.)
For so long, the blind ethos of the warrior–that of Might (which includes $ as financial might) Makes Right has held sway; nor is it particularly heartwarming that today’s Supreme Court majority never met an egregious business decision that it sought to inhibit if that meant any reduction of all-sacred (to Mammon) profits.
The Indigenous leaders of South America have tried to get the U.N to back laws that enshrined the rights of basic protections to critical ecosystems’ sustainability.
For instance, if the oceans continue to die and plankton levels fall, this key staple to the biological food chain will likely spell an end to sentient life. Similar holds true for nuclear power, its many plants aging and as Chernobyl and Fukushima demonstrate, incredibly dangerous when rendered vulnerable to any number of climate changes or other events.
Citizens are also fighting lots of OTHER battles and most come down to the muscle of Big Money against the welfare of persons, ecosystems, and all things between. Of course, for a long time, this forum was full of people insisting–wrongly–that no citizens cared and therefore, that it was not industry or governments of the Corporations that are to blame, but rather, the everyday John or Jill.
From Ferguson to Fracking, plenty of people ARE mobilized. It’s power that is blocking the changes like Bob Dylan’s call to those who need get out of the road for they’re blocking the way… “For the times they ARE a changing…”