Slow and steady wins the race, or so they say. I feel eager to get back to Miami, and so many people locally and globally feel eager to do something dramatic about global warming. But I must be strategic about this, and we must be strategic about this. One thing at a time.
Thursday was a carefree day, just as I hoped it would be. I ran some errands with Alejandra, did some reading, had dinner with Jess, went to the concert, and watched some TV with Jess and Ermete. Since Jess was involved, we couldn’t help talking about politics and Miami a little bit, but it was a very fun and relaxing day off.
Today was a busy day. I spent some time at Gaia House volunteering in the garden with a woman named Dharani. It’s been another rough year for gardeners and farmers in Southern Illinois, but they know by now that they need to do everything possible to prepare for droughts and floods. It’s amazing that they have so much food growing there in these conditions. While we worked out in the garden, we listened to a community radio station called WDBX. Nobody had the radio on the last time I volunteered in the garden, but Dharani wanted to listen to a local environmental talk show, so she turned it on for a while. As you can imagine, the main topics were global warming and Miami.
Later in the day, I did some paid canvassing for Integral Ecology Initiative and Southern Illinois 350. Gardening in the morning wasn’t too bad, but walking around with a clipboard in that mid-day heat and humidity was too much. I had to take breaks and drink plenty of water. I got a lot of signatures for the new clean energy petition, though, so it was worth it.
The news doesn’t really talk about this organizing. At least not the big corporate shows and sites. If that’s where you get your news, you wouldn’t even know that there are people in every state who are out in the streets on a daily basis to gather petitions, raise funds, and get the word out about Miami and global warming and what we can do about it. There’s some debate among organizers about what the next big thing should be, but everyone knows that big things are coming.
I didn’t even realize it until I started doing this canvassing. I thought this was just important to me because I’m from Miami and I’ve cared about global warming all my life. But almost everybody wants to do something now. People see me with a clipboard and I don’t even have to walk up to them. They walk up to me and ask me what they can do, what they can sign, where the next meeting is. There are still people who blow me off or say rude things, but it’s so rare now compared to when I did this a few years ago.
People want change. They know it’ll take time, but they’re restless, looking for solutions to all of the problems that global warming has caused. I don’t know the answers any more than the next person, but I’m glad I can help everyone get organized. If we all put our heads together, and do the hard work that needs to be done, we’ll get there eventually. I just hope we get it done before any more cities go underwater.