Last month's international climate crisis summit in Copenhagen may not have been the game changer we were hoping for, but a new special issue of Ode magazine dedicated to global warming solutions shows that we the people at the grassroots level are increasingly energized to get the job done even if our so-called leaders have yet to earn the label. Ode is keeping the momentum going by packing an entire issue with solutions to the problem of climate change. And because it wants to spread the word, it's making this edition available free online and asking that we all help spread it around. A simple registration gives you the issue on a free Zinio reader that lets you flip through its pages as if you were holding a hard copy.
What awaits are three sections covering what we need to do, how we can do it, and how we each can make our own carbon-cutting contributions to the cause. From well-advertised ideas like fuel cells and saying no to red meat to those right on the cutting edge (can a modified 747 engine cool the Himalayas?), Ode has gathered a fairly eye-opening collection of strategies. Eye-opening because most of them are ready to try if not ready to go, and together they represent much more of a sure-can-do than a maybe when it comes to reversing our present fairly ominous atmospheric trajectory. Close the issue's last pages, which supply a series of solutions we can each easily deploy, and you're left with an unexpectedly hopeful sense of not only how simple success could be if we'd only give it a meaningful shot, but also how much all around better life will get when we do.
The mission objective is not only quite achievable, the tangential benefits -- from cleaner air to healthier foods -- are almost as big. Once again, a dizzying sense of what-on-overheating-Earth-are-we-waiting-for looms large. The answer between the lines of Ode's new issue is clear: ourselves. Because after Copenhagen it's fairly obvious that even if our politicians are able to summon the will needed to do the right thing, the deplorably sluggish speed at which they're moving means they'll likely be too late if and when they finally act. It's up to you and I to rule the day and really always has been. To spin a few words from the late great Walt Kelly on their head, we have met the heroes, and they are us. Only we can save ourselves, and that future is simply waiting for us to create it. Read Ode, spread it around, and let's get started.
The Inkslinger has written about environmental issues for over 20 years and is a freelance writer for some of America's most iconoclastic companies and non-profits. His true loves include nature, music of the Americana/rock and roll variety, interior design, books, old things, good stories, pagan rituals, and his wife of 24 years, with whom he lives in an undisclosed chemical-free rural Vermont location along with his teenage daughter and two infinitely hilarious Australian shepherds!