The Helena Independent Record today published this op-ed by Mark Reynolds, executive director of Citizens’ Climate Lobby. It got me thinking about special interest groups, and lobbying.
Citizens’ Climate Lobby (CCL) is a special interest group, I guess. We are thousands of volunteers educating ourselves, and lobbying in a respectful way (check out Sam Daly-Harris and the methods used by RESULTS), for a market approach to the transition from a high-carbon to a low-carbon economy: a carbon fee and dividend. Our interest is in a livable world.
There is risk involved for a “regular” person to advocate for a specific approach to a multifaceted crisis which involves everyone. How arrogant must we be to think that the climate disruption crisis is amenable to solutions that “ordinary” people like Mark Reynolds, and like me and fellow CCL volunteers, advocate?
Arrogant refers to asking presumptively, or without justification.
Magnificent derives from the Latin “magnus” (great) and “facere” (to do).
It is not arrogant, but magnificent, to lobby for a just solution to the climate emergency.
Climate change is not a fire drill. Let’s be magnificent citizens and get to work.