It's fucking hot outside and all I can think about is climate change. Climate crisis. Weather weirding.
I work and sleep outside for 9 days at a time so I spend more time than not in a non-temperature controlled environment. The only reprieve from the muggy, sultry, Virginia air is when I'm in the car to and from work or when I walk the quarter mile to the air conditioned bathroom in the visitor's center.
Working on a historic battlefield makes me realize how lucky I am, for many reasons. 1) It's not 1861. 2) I am not a soldier wearing a wool uniform in July in 1861. 3) Nobody is firing bullets or cannons at me. 4) I am not fighting a rich man's war (unless you count the whole structure of modern capitalism, but that's a topic for another time). 5) I have one hour of AC a day!!! I eat fruits and vegetables!!! I have access to medicine when necessary!!!
In short, I'm pretty goddamn lucky.
I'm also super unlucky to be born at this stage of the industrial revolution where all the choices of my forefathers are exponentially adding up to a giant Fuck You Planet and All Its Inhabitants.
I've been lucky to not have been caught up in a flash flood or a mud slide or a forest fire or a heatwave, but someday soon my luck is going to run out, as it has for the 55 million people that have been displaced due to climate disasters.
Right now I just have to deal with the heat and trying to fall asleep in my tent when the nightly low is 80 degrees (26.7 degrees Celsius).
Most people know that climate change is happening, but how many of us are actually doing anything about it? How many of us have actively decided to not fly as much or not fly at all? How many of us have greatly reduced our consumption of animal products or cut them out all together? Like OBVIOUSLY nothing can change substantially until we have regulations that stop companies from literally killing our planet, but sadly there's not much one person can do about that.
I think the choices each of us make matters. Especially if you're a person in a Western country reading this on a computer in an air conditioned room. Your choices have a much larger weight and I recently read somewhere that individual choices CAN lead to greater systematic change. (Cannot remember where I read this, but it's a statement I need to believe.)
Anyways, we need to put a price on carbon. Call and email your Senators. It's very quick and easy and painless and they give you prompts so you know exactly what to say. There's no big "fix" for the climate crisis, just lots of little fixes that will add up to something big.