Ignoring the Flames

Introduction: Ignoring the Flames A World in Peril

Ignoring the Flames

Ignoring the flames no more? What will it take? Atypical storms, floods, and wildfires that seem out of place in time or out of the ordinary in their strength are creating an existential threat to the existence of our species on this earth. If that were not enough, think of the death toll of the Maui wildfires in Hawaii. If that were not enough what will it take to take off the blinders and take action against the corporate interests that place profits before people, the fossil fuel industry?

In this defining era, our planet stands on the brink of an existential precipice. The relentless evidence of climate change, etched in the harrowing images of Hurricane Katrina’s devastation, the raging infernos in Canada and Hawaii, and the battering storms along California’s coast, demands an urgent reckoning.

Amid this stark reality, a haunting silence emanates from the corridors of power across the globe. As the world witnesses the intensifying flames of crisis, the imperative questions persist: Why has the clarion call of a climate emergency not resounded globally? Why has the United States, a beacon of potential leadership, not seized this pivotal moment to ignite substantive change? Could the culprit be the dark money that is contributed to senators and congressmen and women by the fossil fuel industry that has not the will nor the foresight to turn their companies into suppliers of renewable energy?

Ignoring the Flames: Hurricane Katrina’s Wrath

The annals of history bear the scars of Hurricane Katrina’s rampage through New Orleans in 2005—a stark reminder of our vulnerability to the escalating impacts of climate change. As communities were reduced to ruins and lives were forever altered, the world bore witness to the tangible consequences of environmental negligence. The colossal toll, both human and economic, underscored the urgency of confronting the climate crisis head-on. Yet, the echoes of that disaster seem to fade against the backdrop of a world still grappling with the inertia of inaction and stance-confirming reasoning.

A World Aflame: The Canadian Wildfires- Ignoring the Flames

Across the vast expanse of Canada’s wilderness, the fury of wildfires now paints an alarming picture of a planet in turmoil. The once-controllable flames have grown into raging infernos that devour landscapes, disrupt ecosystems, and blanket distant skies with smoke. The pervasive reach of these fires, carrying pollutants across borders, shatters the illusion that the impacts of climate change are isolated. While nature’s ferocity forces itself into our collective consciousness, the global response remains fragmented, leaving us to ponder why the gravity of this disaster has yet to prompt unified action.

Island Infernos: Wildfires in Hawaii

The tranquil paradise of Maui stands as a testament to the changing tides of our climate. As wildfires engulfed the Hawaiian island, the delicate equilibrium of its unique ecosystems teeters on the edge. Amidst the cries for intervention, a chilling question persists: Why does the immediacy of this ecological catastrophe not galvanize global leaders to transcend political divides and confront the very crisis threatening our existence?

Battered Shores: Ignoring the Flames of California’s Record Storms

The tempestuous storms that battered California’s coast in the recent winter sent an unequivocal message: climate change is no longer a distant specter, but a tangible and immediate existential threat. The torrents of rainfall triggered mudslides, unearthed vulnerabilities, and tested our resilience in the face of escalating climatic volatility. The question looms large: Why does the world continue to observe and calculate, rather than rally around the urgency of a climate emergency declaration, which could trigger the collective action necessary to forge a sustainable future?

The Call for Leadership: Igniting Change in the United States

During this planetary turmoil, the role of leadership takes center stage. The United States, endowed with unparalleled influence and innovation, has the capacity to pivot from inaction to trailblazing change. A resounding declaration of a climate emergency, underscored by substantial and transformative measures, would rekindle the flickering hope for a sustainable future. As the world watches, it yearns for the United States to rise as a vanguard of global environmental stewardship.

Conclusion: The Time for Action is Now- Ignoring the Flames is no Longer an Option

In this chapter of our shared human narrative, the question is no longer whether we acknowledge the signs of impending catastrophe—it is whether we are willing to act upon them. Hurricane Katrina, the Canadian wildfires, the Hawaiian infernos, and California’s stormy winters stand as emblems of a world hurtling toward the precipice of irreversible change.

The silence of inaction must be shattered by the crescendo of resolute action. The time for delay has long passed; the time for excuses has evaporated. The flames of crisis demand the urgency of a global climate emergency declaration, and as we stand at this crossroads, we must remember that our planet’s fate hangs in the balance. The time for action is now, for the echoes of our response will reverberate for generations to come.

By Politics-as-Usual

Roger is a retired Professor of language and literacy. Over the past 15 years since his retirement, Roger has kept busy with reading, writing, and creating landscape photographs. In this time of National crisis, as Fascist ideas and policies are being introduced to the American people and ignored by the Mainstream Press, he decided to stand up and be counted as a Progressive American with some ideas that should be shared with as many people who care to read and/or participate in discusssions of these issues. He doesn't ask anyone to agree with his point of view, but if entering the conversation he demands civility. No conspiracy theories, no wild accusations, no threats, no disrespect will be tolerated. Roger monitors all comments and email communication. That is the only rule for entering the conversation. One may persuade, argue for a different point of view, or toss out something that has not been discussed so long as the tone remains part of a civil discussion. Only then can we find common ground and meaningful democratic change.

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