Way back in June, I posted a chunk of my own belief and philosophy -Pushing on Icebergs.
Today, the BBC has an article that should keep our faith up for a long, long time. In a pretty extensive poll, across 21 nations- it turns out that the great majority (average 79%!!!) of people now believe global warming is real, caused by humans, and needs to be dealt with urgently.
Folks, the numbers they cite are huge; and most importantly, a huge change.
We need to savor this, very carefully. It's a lesson we're still going to need to recall in the years ahead; that iceberg is moving- but where? And who's pushing on it now? Not everyone is pushing in the same direction, that's for sure.
Part of what made the iceberg move was purely the personal commitments of those doing the pushing. While there are many many times when we leave discussions feeling futile- when you are honest and sincere- and quietly persistent- you DO leave those in the audience with a positive impression. And little by little- their minds do change.
It's really not enough to just read about all this climate stuff in the newspapers, or see it on tv - the skeptics have to see for themselves that there are serious people - people they know- who believe in it. That's you and me.
Next- the politicians. Tricky- in all possible meanings. But, as we've seen in the last months, the politicians DO follow the public trends, they have to.
And yes, we, you, all of us - are changing the way the public- the world- thinks.
Next trick- don't get cocky. It doesn't sell well, and it makes for stupid decisions...
Now, everybody get back to work, there's more to do.