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Guest Blogger Larissa Louise Dahroug

Climate Change:

Finding Common Ground: Quantity vs. Quality
by: Larissa Louise Dahroug 


About the Blogger: Larissa is a California-based American artist working in multiple mediums and genre. Her work has been exhibited and published nationally. She claims no expertise other than honesty…a rare find these days. Larissa’s recent e-newsletter


Sands of Time

On March 11, 2011 a 9. quake struck Northern Japan triggering a tsunami, ravaging towns and gravely damaging the Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant. The “fall-out” of this event continues to effect the entire earth but the story has long since dropped out of mainstream media. It’s not sexy anymore. It’s just depressing.

The Fukushima quake was significant for me in a very personal way. No one I knew was injured directly. I lost no family or property. My home wasn’t destroyed as a result of the incident. It was significant because I knew it was going to happen over six months before-hand. I know it sounds strange. It sounds “woo-woo”…and it’s true. In the months leading up to the quake I had visions of the tragedy so frequently, on several occasions I implored my father, who travels to Japan for work regularly, to please not go. It was not the first time I have had this type of experience; nor was it the last. It was a turning point for me though. I’ve become more deeply moved by details of life I would have previously not paid so much attention to, such as the angle of sun rays across the pavement on a Thursday evening. Evidently Fukushima was also a turning point for the entire planet. Inuit Elders have been reporting to NASA that the position of the stars in the sky has shifted since the quake. The assertion is the earth’s axis has shifted. The earth IS changing. The climate IS changing. It’s observable. It’s quantifiable.

The change didn’t start with Fukashima. Change is the constant state of the Universe. I haven’t heard or read any serious disagreements that change is happening. So, why does Climate Change have to be so controversial a topic? The controversy really began when people started to qualify the change…you know, do that human thing to judge and blame others. As history shows, judging and blaming lead to philosophical, religious, political, and economic debate. These debates are then used to justify war. War is good for no one; not any more. Given the implications of nuclear technologies as they exist today I assert that it is no longer possible for any country to “win” at war. These days the spoils of war will be just that: spoiled — beyond any usefulness to anyone.

Look out, Coming Through!

I’m not a scientist or a head of state. I’m not an A-lister. Most people aren’t. I’m just a person who struggles with what I can do to help when I experience arguments and discord, either personally or vicariously through the lens of the media. As an artist I explore my experience in my work. As a Spiritual person, I pray to understand and be a source of comfort for others. By the grace of God, sometimes I succeed.

When it comes to the changing planet and human-kind living upon it, this is what I understand:

  1. All sentient beings (including plants) need food, clean water, and each other to live.
  2. Humans also need shelter and clothing.
  3. When any one being is abused by another being all beings are afflicted.
  4. Nuclear technologies exist and are largely misunderstood.
  5. Organisms have been and will continue to be genetically engineered and modified.
  6. Genetically engineered and/or modified organisms, synthetic chemicals, and industrial methods have done serious damage to the environment.
  7. Current human living conditions in all nations are largely unsustainable.
  8. Weather patterns are changing, as is the physical earth.
  9. Unchecked production and consumption of fossil fuels hurts everyone.
  10. Fossil fuels must be used at this time.

Enter Sand-woman

I don’t have a magic wand I can wave and make everything better. I can be kind to my neighbor, even if I’m not always nice. What is most important is I strive to do the right thing…according to my own conscience and compassion for my own humanity and the humanity of others. The right thing isn’t always popular or comfortable. Sometimes it involves saying sorry. Maybe that’s why in general people struggle with it. The past can’t be changed, but everyone has the choice to work together for a better future. The first hurdle is to stop wagging fingers in blame long enough to identify with each other AND our common ground: mother earth. She’s telling us we can’t afford to squabble over qualification.

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