Climate change is real.

Global warming is real.

We now know that much of the world‘s populated area will be uninhabitable within 50 to a hundred years due to rising sea level and temperatures . Climate change means that life as we know it – food supplies, industries, economies, geo-political boundaries, floods and fires, violent weather, social norms, laws and enforcement – will be drastically altered.*

Of the many important social, economic and political issues that need urgent attention, moderating the effects of climate change is the largest, most challenging and dire. The habitability of the planet is truly at stake. The lives of our grandchildren are at stake, whatever their race, gender, nationality or social class.

We might be able to moderate much of the catastrophe if we take drastic action now.

That requires a leader who has the wisdom, the knowledge, the courage, the will and the skill to mobilize the nation as did Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1933.


I WAS BORN IN 1935.  I grew up in the time of Roosevelt’s New Deal. My memories begin around 1942. I remember neighborhood fathers and sons away for “the duration.” I remember gasoline rationing, savings bond drives, synthetic rubber tires, oleomargarine instead of butter and a strong sense of acceptance and consensus, even pride that we were all working together to end the war.


The market crash in 1929 and the devastating drought on the central plains created a national disaster – The Great Depression. In the early 30’s President Roosevelt and a Democrat majority in Congress created a national mobilization that they called The New Deal. It included many new laws that created social programs to feed and house unemployed people, subsidized family farms, set price and wage controls, consumer protections, established social security, funded huge infrastructure projects, empowered labor unions and prohibited monopolies. The country was united in order to solve a major crisis.

Then in 1941, as The New Deal began to have its effect, the USA entered WWII. The government required various industries to retool and manufacture war equipment – ships, tanks, airplanes, munitions, etc. Natural resources were appropriated for the war effort. Gasoline, food, consumer goods were rationed. Everyone was employed. Corporate profits were taxed and citizens were asked to buy War Bonds – loan money to fund the war effort. This same war effort also led to the GI Bill which funded education and housing for the people who had served in the military during the war.

This gigantic, coordinated effort brought the country out of the depression and set up a period of prosperity that lasted for many years beyond the end of WWII.


Within 20 years of the end of the war, corporations began to reassert their power, slowly and methodically rolling back the consumer protections, tax codes and controls on corporations created as part of the New Deal, leading to the income and power inequality we are experiencing today. Public policy is now dictated by big businesses whose primary product is profits. Preserving the habitability of the earth is way down their do-list.







*For an authoritative estimate of the effects of climate change check:


**Check out THE GREEN NEW DEAL on wikipedia


WHAT’S ALL THE FUSS?!                                

Riley K. Smith, MA, LMFT


As I see it, there is a spontaneous shift going on within the human species – a cataclysmic expansion of perception.

Love and Inclusion powers the shift

and as a result we’re considering, as never before, that we, the inhabitants of Earth, are one macro-organism.

And our categories, boundaries and distinctions may be, in fact, optional and arbitrary.

Gender identities and sexual preferences are no longer polarities, they are a continuum. In the Old West men were men and women were women. In the New West, we’ve got enough wiggle room for everybody.

“Dis” abilities are seen as simply variations within the species.

Racial distinctions are blurring.

Dark people and Light people are bonding and blending.

Prejudice and hierarchies are being challenged or are becoming obsolete.

We are noticing injustices and exclusions that have for eons gone unacknowledged and unchallenged.

We can see it on Facebook – Cats are bonding with Rabbits or Birds or Elephants. People are bonding with Octipi or Sharks or Tigers. Dolphins are playing with Dogs! Even trees are sentient.

And vegetarians wont eat sentient beings – and, by the way, we’re not even sure which beings aren’t sentient.

Mass migration is happening and cultures are blending.

Meanwhile most of us seek reassurance and security by identifying ourselves with a group – a nationality, religion, race, gender, or a baseball team to name a few. If the stability, status or the definition of the group is challenged it can feel like a personal attack.

So there is resistance. National boundaries are challenged – “Crisis at the southern border.” White supremacists are afraid of losing their identity to immigrants. Europeans are afraid of losing their “national identity” to refugees from the middle east. Israelis and Palestinians are in a perpetual war over their right to a homeland.

Trump wants to ban trans soldiers. Then there is the hoorah about unisex restrooms and same-sex marriage.

I don’t know why the shift is happening, but it seems inevitable and it’s happening fast. I see it as positive. I like to think of it as an evolutionary step for the human race.

And I can also see that it is upsetting to many of us that our favorite certainties are no longer certain.

So, how can we survive – even thrive – in these turbulent times? What are the new certainties?

That is the topic for another day. Meanwhile here’s my poem that helps tide me over:




 Go To The Sweetness…


The sweetness in your heart.

The sweetness in your life.

The sweetness in your core.


There is FEARsome conflict going on…

A roiling of feelings,

A hurricane of ideas,

A shifting of certainties,

A chaos of rules and customs,

A disturbance in the Force.


As we enter a new stage of being human

old ways, behaviors, habits and assumptions

have slipped their moorings

and the new has not yet anchored,


You can trust the inner Sweetness.


Where everything is Okay.