When Pope Francis framed climate change as a moral problem and issued a call to conscience, he played a powerful card. That’s because a moral argument trumps - that is, negates the power of -- the usual, self-serving responses, like "reducing carbon emissions will cut into my profits" or "addressing climate change requires sacrifices."
Kathleen Dean Moore's Blog
Breaking all records for brevity, Kathleen gave a rousing three-minute commencement speech, when she accepted an Honorary Degree in Humane Letters from SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry last weekend. Here is what she said: www.esf.edu/communications/view.asp?newsID=3503.
Kathleen's speech at the People's Climat March Rally:
This is a bad day for pipelines and export terminals and tankers and coal trains.
This is a bad day for the Koch Brothers, and Rex Tillerson of Exxon Mobil and anyone else who would trade the life-supporting systems of the Earth for obscene profits.
This is a bad day for universities, holding on to their last investments in fossil fuels, insisting on their right to profit from death and extinction -- even as their own scientists warn them, warn them that fossil fuels will carry us, smoking and stinking, to the end of life as we know it on this planet.
This is the last day for despair. It is the last day to say it’s too late, that there is nothing anyone can do. It is a day to awaken to the fact that we are not helpless at all, that we have the knowledge and the courage and the joyous communities it will take to make the great turning away from death and toward a reinvented life.