Do you ever have one of those days when it seems like you can’t really figure out what to focus on? Where the whole country kind of seems to be on fire, and you don’t know where to start? US TOO! That’s why today’s edition is a grab bag of actions. Pick and choose according to what motivates your right now, and maybe stop back by tomorrow and pick something else.
“Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.” This is what the Once-ler said at the end of Dr. Seuss’s The Lorax, the 1971 book that warned children and adults of the dangers of environmental devastation. Fortunately, right now there are many young people who care a whole awful lot about fighting climate change. Many have been participating in school walkouts on Fridays as part of the Fridays For Future campaign, and now they’re organizing worldwide climate strikes on September 20 and 27 as bookends to the UN Climate Action Summit. Let’s get ready to take part!
“Do some-thing! Do some-thing! Do some-thing!” This was the chant of Dayton residents during Sunday’s vigil as Ohio Governor Mike DeWine rose to address the mass shooting that killed 9 and injured at least 27. The Dayton shooting followed on the heels of mass shootings at an El Paso Walmart that killed 22 and injured at least 24 and at a Garlic Festival in Gilroy, CA, that killed 3 and injured at least 12.
Things weren’t always this way, and they don’t always have to be this way. Fortunately, some of the calls for action are getting through: Gov. DeWine, who is a Republican, has just rolled out a 17-point plan that includes gun regulation measures.