U.S. Chamber of Commerce – renamed the “Gas Chamber”!

Via on Apr 4, 2011

“The U.S. Chamber Doesn’t Speak for Me”! Join this movement with Nike, Apple and yes, even Thomas Friedman!

There is a poem about what is happening, right now, all over the world, our ecological systems are in decline.  You’ve heard the list: floods in Thailand, fires in Russia, floods in Australia, spring wildfires in Colorado, millions of acres of dead trees from Canada to Colorado, nuclear meltdown, tornadoes in January, moose mysteriously dying in Minnesota, bees disappearing world wide. Do you need more?  Doing something about these issues always feels better than sinking into despair and resignation.

Later this week, I’ll be moderating a panel at the 63rd Annual Conference on World Affairs at the University of Colorado, entitled “Climate Change: Past the Point of No Return” – a rather daunting title – and any thinking person paying attention would have to agree, we’re not going back, and there are no ultimate solutions. The question is, what are we going to do to diminish the suffering that is clearly coming to visit all of us?

Check out all the activities around the country being coordinated by the 1 Sky organization ( 1 CLIMATE. 1 FUTURE. 1 CHANCE.) and you’ll be glad you did, contact the regional coordinators in your area and find out how you can participate.

In an earlier post, I reminded myself and Elephant Journal readers that doubt is always the friend of the status quo. At a recent talk at the University of Colorado, that point was emphasized again. Unfortunately, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce seems content confusing the issues and stalling on any reasonable action regarding Climate Change.

Doubt and confusion is always the friend of the Status Quo

“It’s 3:23 in the morning

and I’m awake

because my great great grandchildren

won’t let me sleep.

My great great grandchildren ask me in dreams,

What did you do while the planet was plundered?

What did you do when the Earth was unraveling?

Surely you did something when the seasons started failing?

As the mammals, reptiles, birds were all dying?

Did you fill the streets with protest

when democracy was stolen?

What did you do

once

you

knew? …

Well, it’s happening so fast that we’re actually in the middle of the dream, we don’t have to wait for our great great grandchildren to admonish us.

Here is a simple thing you can do – join this U.S. Chamber of Commerce Doesn’t speak for me campaign and if necessary, take to the streets, as if your life depends upon it.

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If you wonder how the President of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce might show up when his member companies begin to be held accountable for poisoning the air we breath, this little clip from his comments about  the BP oil spill will give you a very good idea what to expect!

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Onward with Courage,

Bud

About Bud Wilson

As a student-athlete-activist during the tumultuous era at Harvard University Bud emerged with an interdisciplinary degree combining, child development, innovative education and urban social policy. To recover from academia, he moved to the mountains of Colorado and devoted his energy to hosting professional conferences and seminars in Snowmass Village, followed by a few years working with John Denver's Windstar Foundation. He has lots of stories to share about those formative years living in the Roaring Fork Valley. Bud continues to consult with many organizations including Newfield Network, Environmental Communications, Inc. and The Living Green Foundation, Next Culture Network, The Unified Field Corporation, Regenerative Community Development of Colorado and The Agora Projects. Bud has 25 years of experience as an awareness instructor and wilderness guide for Sacred Passage and the Way of Nature. As Global Director of Eco-Regional Leadership for The Way of Nature, in May 2011, he co-created and coordinated the first World Nature Quest. More than 35 groups in 17 countries on 5 continents simultaneously communed with the Earth for healing and renewal. His articles have been read by more than 70,000 Elephant Journal Readers His adult son, daughter and son-in-law are the source of great joy in his life.

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One Response to “U.S. Chamber of Commerce – renamed the “Gas Chamber”!”

  1. [...] threat to humanity get’s under my skin; it makes me angry. You can see what I wrote about the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and their efforts to deny climate change here. Well, the U.S. Chamber is at it again, they just announced their “Partnership to Fuel [...]

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