My Mom Invites Obama to Read The Climate War!
Sunday, July 04, 2010 (Listed under Environment)
My poor mother.
After enjoying a performance yesterday at the American Ballet Theatre, my mom and I stopped for dinner at Cafe Fiorello. I had just finished reading Eric Pooley's NYT best-selling The Climate War and my mom was half way through her copy. A former art authenticator and long-serving Metropolitan Museum guide, I am sure my mom was looking forward to a little "girl time," a light-hearted summertime night-out with her visiting daughter.
But as the first glass of Syrah was delivered, the conversation shifted quickly to Pooley's political thriller and our collaborative frustration over the ineptitude and apparent indifference of Washington to push climate action through the Senate. This was not a girls' night-out as much as it was a grassroots mother-daughter climate rally! How could we make a difference, we wondered? How could we illuminate and influence the priorities of Senators we didn't know?
Arriving home this afternoon from my ceremonious 4th of July run around Central Park's Reservoir, I found my mom smiling as she reviewed and edited her letter to President Obama. This was a special letter because it was inspired by the knowledge of an American mother (and grandmother) who recalled over last-night's dinner that in times of crisis every voice must be heard.
My mom handed me her letter smiling and added, "Now, maybe tonight, I'll actually get some sleep!"
Below is Virgilia Klein's appeal to President Obama. I think it is great. I hope every parent, every student, every child, and every son and daughter will take the time to stand up for climate action, clean energy jobs, corporate accountabilty, and enforcement of existing air and water quality regulations.
Happy 4th of July! Thank you, mom, for making this one so special!
July 4, 2010
And finally, an excerpt from For a Coming Extinction, by W.S. Merwin, a life-long environmentalist and our new Poet Laureate was quoted in a NYT July 1st article:
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