Not to sound too dour, but let’s face it – things aren’t looking good.
Throughout my Chicagoan childhood, I’ve experienced some rather intense Midwestern storms, yet this summer’s anomalies of basement floods and hiding from tornadoes in restaurant storage space has trumped them all. Tornados and floods dominated June and July’s newscasts, producing a fear among Chicago locals equivalent to the emotional up and downs of the current August newscasts regarding the shaky economy.
With tsunamis thundering up on Japan’s shores, record amounts of snow falling in New Zealand (North and South Islands) and dust storms dancing across Arizona and the American Southwest, I feel as though most of us can agree that weather patterns are changing. Everywhere.
On top of the environmental turntable, Obama’s approval rating has slumped to an all time low for his term at 40% and the Republicans may very well decide to nominate Michele Bachmann for the 2012 election, an individual flirting with actual insanity. She was quoted in the August 15th New Yorker, “It was very helpful to join the prayer group. That’s when I gave my life over God, and it was a life-changing experience for me to recognize that I wanted him to be in control of my life rather than me being in control of my life.” Oh Great – someone who doesn’t want to exert control over the future of her life . . . exactly who I want running the White House controlling the future of our country.
Bachmann is willing to grant control in one area: the environment. Both Michele Bachmann and Rick Perry refuse to acknowledge the reality of Global Warming and the results that will sprout if the world continues on the same path. Bachmann states, “I guarantee you the EPA will have doors locked and lights turned off . . . It will be a new day and a new sheriff in Washington, D.C.”
So before we all head off to our private corners to wallow in self-pity about the idiots running for the most powerful position in the country and among the world, here’s to recognizing the under-appreciated and innovative efforts of those who are willing to eloquently and creatively exert some CONTROL over changing the environmental crisis at hand.
Here are some of the most influential environmental ads today. Enjoy them and spread them.
“White is the new green. Simply painting your roof white reflects the sun’s rays, which helps cool down the environment. in the fight against global warming, one degree cooler in our cities equates to three degrees cooler at the poles. Which means a better chance of survival for animals like the Polar Bear, whose home is melting at a rapid rate.”