Friday, January 9, 2009

Will Obama visit with the words of Martin Luther King Jr.?

Many great men and women have gone before him. They have left a legacy in history that has shaped our world. Our future shape; and that of a safe planet for our children, now hangs in the balance. From the introduction in ZERO Greenhouse Emissions - The Day the Lights Went Out - Our Future World comes the following excerpt:-

A few great men and women may start out being the power of one, but no single great man, no single great woman, from the start of history or into the future, will make a change without collective will.
We need collective will, collective effort, and collective vision, for our collective future. You and yours. Me and mine. Them and theirs.
End excerpt.

At this historic time of the election to the Presidency of the United States of America, we might hope that the 44th President; the first African American President to hold sway in the Oval Office, might revisit the words of another great American Statesman.

Martin Luther King Jr. in 1967 speaking in Los Angeles on the matter of the war in Vietnam had this to say:
“We are now faced with the fact that tomorrow is today. We are confronted with the fierce urgency of now. In this unfolding conundrum of life and history there is such a thing as being too late. Procrastination is still the thief of time. Life often leaves us standing bare, naked and dejected with a lost opportunity. The ‘tide in the affairs of men’ does not remain at flood: it ebbs. We may cry out desperately for time to pause in her passage, but time is deaf to every plea and rushes on. Over the bleached bones and jumbled residue of numerous civilizations are written the pathetic words: ‘Too late.’”

These words 'Too late' now written in history must not become the epitaph left by us, to be uttered by our children. Unless we now collectively take action on climate change and accept our personal responsibility as part of the problem to become inspired to be a part of the solution, as self imperatives - too late will be our fate.

We have clear 20/20 hindsight on the mistakes made by past civilizations now consigned to history. We know with 20/20 foresight that the well trodden road (and the resultant pollution of our planet and ever rising levels of CO2 in the atmosphere) we are on with the 'business and living as usual' model, adopted by the developed and fast developing nations, will soon leave the legacy of our past actions; although not done with malice aforethought, for our children to inherit.

Let us not 'cry out desperately for time to pause in her passage' ; let us collectively cry out and become the parade of concern for a safe future for our children and theirs. Let this parade be the one that our global politicians can walk in front of; and make the hard policy decisions necessary with a mandate from the common man.

Call on them to become the Statesman we need.

Before it is 'TOO LATE'

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