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Bring on the passion, we’ll need it

 Posted by on April 3, 2009
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By Barbara Kessler
Green Right Now

Environmentalists are fretting that climate change solutions and green jobs will not be adequately folded into the discussion at the economic discussion of the G20 countries this week.

It remains to be seen. But here at home those passionate about fighting global warming are raising the rhetoric, even in quarters where the bureaucrats usually remain comfortably quiet or publicly noncommittal.

New NOAA director Jane Lubchenco borrowed from Martin Luther King Jr. in an eloquent appeal at the National Academies of Science this week, invoking the “fierce urgency of now” in the fight against climate change:

“‘We may cry out desperately for time to pause in her passage, but time is adamant to every plea and rushes on,’” said Lubchenco, a marine biologist. “Over the bleached bones and jumbled residues of numerous civilizations are written the pathetic words: Too late.’”

Yes, the moving hand writes and having writ, moves on. Global warming won’t wait. Lubchenco went on to detail how its effects are present now, with weather swings, rising seawater and temperature changes. (Our neighbors in Fargo might agree.)

Thankfully, people like Lubchenco are speaking out — and thanks to the Worldwatch Institute for covering her speech. (See more at their site.)

Look for more stout talk ahead.

(By the way, this week another strong voice was named to join the Obama environmental team. Cathy Zoi, founding CEO of the awareness-building Alliance for Climate Protection backed by Al Gore, was nominated to be assistant secretary for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy at DOE — so someone else may soon be signing your We campaign emails).

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