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You haven’t heard from me in a while — and that’s because I’m sick of talking about being sick. Yesterday, I was released from my third hospital stint. I spent 5 days on the oncology floor, engulfed in the sights and sounds of cancer. But as I was lying there, I hardly thought about cancer at all. Instead, my attention was focused on a different type of sickness: hurricanes, tornados, wildfires — in greater and greater numbers and intensities.
In the late ’90s I visited the White House where President Clinton and Vice President Gore revealed some troubling news to a small group of environmental journalists. Something was happening, something BIG: climate change. Over these last 15+ years, I’ve interviewed leading climate scientists who have gathered convincing data showing greenhouse gases are having lethal effects on our planet. Yet, billions of dollars have been spent in attempts to discredit the science and deny the changes. Now, an increasing number of researchers conclude that it may be too late to avoid the worst effects of climate disaster. But we can’t give up. We owe it to ourselves and to future generations to keep trying.
As for me, I’m still kickin’. Hanging out with the fam (in the van), making stuff grow and learning that there’s still a lot of places to go! And if there’s anything to report on my garden or my cancer, I’ll let you know. In the meantime, as the Midwest floods and spins out of control and the West burns, I hope you’ll channel all this destructive energy into good. And I hope you’re compelled to take your own action.
You can start here.
If you want to learn more about the local impact of climate change, check out The San Diego Foundation’s 2050 Study by clicking here.