Avi Rubin is a 14 year old kid activist. He was Lead poisoned as an infant (at 7 months old) and has a permanent brain injury as a result of his poisoning – with a visual memory in the 4th percentile. To accommodate his disabilities he has learned to use tools like “text to speech” to capture his thoughts, and mom also helps transcribe what he wants to say (and corrects some of the errors ever-present in the text-to-speech apps!) Among his life goals: he would like to be an astrophysicist when he grows up (working for Nasa or similar) and is hoping that accommodations for individuals with a brain injury will be better in the near future – to help make this a possibility. All ideas and thoughts posted on this blog as Avi’s are 100% Avi’s!
By Avi Rubin
August 28, 2019
Climate Change is not AN issue it is THE issue.
Soon there will be no glaciers left
And I wonder at what point in the death toll will they call it “death by climate change.”
Or maybe they will call it “murder” caused by the environmental impacts of the actions of the previous and current generations.
I ask every human on this earth to drop what they’re are doing right now, this very instant and march in the streets for however long it takes until drastic action is taken on a global scale. I will march where I can (please notify me of marches for climate change action in the area), but I suggest that every single person should be either planning a march or looking for other marches or partnering with organizations to do whatever they can to take drastic measures to act on the massacre is that is happening right now.
It’s not about what’s going to happen in 100 years or 50 years or 20 years. It’s about what is happening right now, this year – 2019. We have now lost our first glacier. It is already too late. We must act today.
As a citizen of the planet, the least you can do is set up a system to remind yourself each day of climate change and what it is doing to our planet because at this point we cannot become complacent.
Maybe this could be setting an alarm (on your phone?) or writing a sign that you will see every day to remind you to take serious measures to act on climate change.
Personally, it seems what I can do to help with climate change is to learn more and educate others and try to inspire others to act on it as well as acting on it myself.
Even if you yourself cannot do much you can at least try to convince others to.
Not that it isn’t important to be car-free and to conserve energy and to recycle, but the things that we need to right now at this point to make a real difference include shutting down big corporate polluters and making major shifts in societies around the world and other drastic measures.
At this point it is too late to do “just the small stuff.”