In July 2021, the heaviest rains ever recorded pummeled the nation of Germany, creating devastating floods which killed 165 people. Another 31 people drowned from the flooding in Switzerland, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Austria and Belgium. A statement issued by climatological scientists from the science consortium, World Weather Attribution (WWA), noted that the warming climate increased the likelihood of such extreme flooding events by about 20%.

In August of the same year, the Mediterranean was on fire as the worst heat wave in decades nearly brought Greece to its knees. In what the Prime Minister called the country’s “greatest ecological disaster in decades”, almost 250,000 acres were destroyed by wildfires spawned by the record-breaking heat. According to the WWA, the occurrence of an extreme heat event of this nature was “virtually impossible” except by human-caused climate change.

These recent worldwide natural disasters are warning signs that we, as Earth’s inhabitants, can no longer ignore. To do so would place our lives—along with the lives and well-being of future generations—at great risk.

With such existential dangers threatening the well-being of all humankind, we instinctively look to our political and scientific leaders for guidance. With this in mind, I recently spoke with Ben Massey, Jr., Democratic candidate for NC House of Representatives, District 93. He shared with me some of his thoughts, ideas and recommendations as we confront this greatest of challenges.

These recent worldwide natural disasters are warning signs that we, as Earth’s inhabitants, can no longer ignore. To do so would place our lives—along with the lives and well-being of future generations—at great risk.

Ben is a conscientious environmentalist with a keen awareness of the complexity of the problems we now face. He understands that in this monumental struggle, our best hope for success is for all citizens of the world to cast aside their differences and unite as one in this singular battle for survival. He also knows that this united call for action must begin with individual acts of conscience.

To that end, Ben and his wife, Darlene, practice what they preach. They began by downsizing their lives in simple but meaningful ways. They moved from a large home in Raleigh to a modest 1000 sq. ft. house in Ashe County and replaced their large gas-guzzling pickup truck with a smaller, more fuel-efficient model. They compost and recycle everything and drastically reduced their home energy needs by eliminating their home A/C and dishwasher.

These simple acts of conservation by just two people might be meaningless on a planetary scale, but just for a moment, imagine if these measures were adopted by every family in this country. The reduction in waste and carbon output nationwide would be profound!

Imagine if these measures were adopted by every family in this country. The reduction in waste and carbon output nationwide would be profound!

I asked Ben what measures he would introduce to address the issue of climate change if he was successful in his bid for the House seat. His reply was both surprising and refreshing in its candor and honesty. Ben told me, “I’m not sure.”

Ben’s response was inspirational in its simple honesty. He knows that he alone does not have an answer. What he does understand is that by working closely with other representatives with similar concerns, a coalition of dedicated lawmakers can come together to create bills and enact legislation that could begin to effectively address an issue of such critical importance.

Global climate change is an extraordinarily complex issue with a myriad of variables that will only be solved with a political and mathematical language that we have yet to develop. It will require dedication, sacrifice and passion from our leaders.

Global climate change is an extraordinarily complex issue with a myriad of variables that will only be solved with a political and mathematical language that we have yet to develop. It will require dedication, sacrifice and passion from our leaders.

I believe that Ben Massey, Jr. has demonstrated through his deeds and actions that he can and will do whatever is required to preserve and protect the sanctity of the planet. This is why he will be receiving my vote this November. I hope you will agree and vote likewise.

 


Today’s Guest Post was written by Ron Joyner, of Big Horse Creek Farm in 
Lansing, NC.

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