Caring about the environment is patriotic.
November 12th, 2012
Some of you may have noticed that it’s been quite some time since I last posted. Daily (or thrice weekly, or heck — once a month!) blogging, sadly, doesn’t seem to fit with my life and other projects I’m pursuing at the moment. Or not so sadly: I’m grateful for all that’s happened in the relatively short three-plus years since I started The Red, White, and Green; both in my personal and professional life, and in our country at large.
The seeds for this blog were sown, after all, in the wake of my work volunteering on the 2008 Obama campaign — in my hope for Americans to finally unite around protecting our country, our planet, after eight years of war and destruction in the pursuit of oil — and now here we are, four years later, having just reelected President Obama to a historic second term. A term, in which, if last Tuesday night’s acceptance speech is any indication, the president will finally feel empowered to confront the threat of climate change head on.
Do we have a long, long way to go? Absolutely. But four years ago, I never would have believed that the cover of conservative-leaning Bloomberg Businessweek would read “It’s Global Warming, Stupid.” Or that 70 percent of Americans would now accept the science of climate change (up from around 50 percent when I first started writing here). If the tragedy of Hurricane Sandy has revealed anything, it’s that the politicization of climate change may at last be behind us.
As may the marginalization of the environmental movement as a whole. Who would have thunk, back in 2008, that an initiative to label GMOs could have made it to the state election level here in California (though it was narrowly defeated)? Or that the FDA would actually take steps to ban BPA? Or that Walmart would start selling cloth diapers? Not I. I was still just trying to convince most people I knew why taking simple steps to go green (switching to CFLs, giving up bottled water) wasn’t a total buzzkill to begin with.
It’s easy to shake one’s head and say that things will never change, but all of the above is proof that they do. And to paraphrase our newly reelected president, this kind of change happens — the task of perfecting our union moves forward — because of you. So thank you for all your encouragement and enthusiasm here so far. You give me hope.
Speaking of change… more is coming to my family, with babe No. 2 due around the end of this year. So I thought this would be a good time to say that The Red, White, and Green will be on official hiatus for a bit. In the meantime, you can connect with me here.
Wishing you all the best for the months ahead!
Until I return, some reading you might enjoy:
Buying ‘Made in America’ boosts the eco-nomy