What’s in Common and Why Should We Care? #BLM #Fridays4future #ClimateStrikeOnline

Back in early July, Time Magazine posted an article by AYANA ELIZABETH JOHNSON called “We Can’t Solve the Climate Crisis Unless Black Lives Matter”.

Among other things, she says:

The Black Lives Matter movement is not a distraction from saving the planet. We can’t solve the climate crisis without people of color, but we could probably solve it without racists.

Whether it’s Hurricane Katrina or air pollution, storms and exposure to toxins cause much greater harm to communities of color.


We can add COVID-19 to that list.

In June of this year, an article in that wild-eyed, tree-hugging, hippie publication, FORBES, posted an article by Marshall Shepherd listing “3 Common Things In Race, Coronavirus and Climate Change Debates”. He’s specifically talking about those who resist acknowledging that race, the virus, and/or climate change is even a problem.

TL;DR: they are:

  • Talking points: People spout slogans and second-hand theories based on anything but evidence.
  • They don’t math.
  • They think believing these things are real or not boils down to taking sides.

Guys, I don’t give a fuck what you want to believe. Reality doesn’t give a fuck, either. Not even half a fuck.

A WRITING PROMPT FROM ME TO YOU: Write about someone who refuses to face the fact that a crisis or two or three is happening around them.



I was born in Louisville, Kentucky, but now live in the woods in southern Indiana. Though I only write fiction, I love to read non-fiction. The more I learn about this world, the more fantastic I see it is.

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One thought on “What’s in Common and Why Should We Care? #BLM #Fridays4future #ClimateStrikeOnline

  1. Alicia Butcher Ehrhardt

    November 6, 2020 at 7:32pm

    The biggest problem with the world is that it takes too long to educate each generation of liberals, yes, and tree huggers.

    Being opinionated (and wrong) and unscientific takes very little effort. Learning enough about each of these – and many other topics – takes time and effort, and a supportive environment. A love of science and math and proof needs to be installed early, via an education that shows how much fun everything from origami to fractals to materials science is. And music and art, which are quite scientific themselves.

    That we approach anything like half of humanity in a first world, developed country is a miracle.

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      Marian Allen

      November 7, 2020 at 9:51am

      Well said. The way education is structured here is transactional: Acquire the given answers, return them on the tests, receive a grade on how well you acquire and return the given answers. That isn’t really learning; that’s capitalism of the brain. Useful, in a very limited way, but not worthy of being the only — or even the main — value.

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      • Alicia Butcher Ehrhardt

        November 7, 2020 at 1:44pm

        But it works in places – because it’s supplemented by the parents after school, and the kids have access to computers, and some supervision. And other classes.

        But a lot of talent is wasted, and a lot of kids use these marvelous machines only to play games. It’s no wonder the bright kids with some computer skills move to where those skills are appreciated – as soon as they can.

        I have no answers, but the money our nation DOES gather is going too much into the wrong pockets, and not enough into supporting the education (not schooling – that’s babysitting) of the next generation.

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  2. acflory

    November 8, 2020 at 6:50pm

    Yes! Every which way.

    Individuals have the right to believe whatever they wish [in all our democracies], but no one has the right to endanger another person on the basis of those beliefs.

    Disregarding facts is akin to a child jumping off the roof in a superman cape and expecting to fly. The ground is going to hurt no matter what he or she chooses to believe.

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      Marian Allen

      November 9, 2020 at 9:17am

      Especially if that child lands foot-first on a nail. Totally not Charlie. Totally not.

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      • acflory

        November 9, 2020 at 7:16pm

        Oh my…he did? I mean…erm…he didn’t? Ouch. 🙁

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          Marian Allen

          November 10, 2020 at 10:12am

          Yeah, the nail went right through that poor little foot. Back then, the standard treatment was to wrap the wound in bacon “to draw out the infection” and tell the kid to be more careful next time. It wasn’t until red streaks started running up his leg that they “wasted money” on a doctor. Ah, the good old days, eh?

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          • acflory

            November 10, 2020 at 3:04pm

            Okay…now /that/ is no joke. Poor kid. He must have been in so much pain. 🙁

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                  • acflory

                    November 12, 2020 at 3:53pm

                    This is probably a very strange thing to say but…I envy you that. If you can bear to share little things like this with us, I for one would love to learn more about Charlie. -hugs back-

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