Monday, July 1, 2013

Prayers for Rain

By Donny Brooks

Around Facebook is in the last several hours I have seen several supplications for remembering the 19 members of the Granite Mountain Hotshots firefighting team who all tragically lost their lives fighting the wildfire outside Yarnell, AZ. I have also seen supplications to pray for them and their families, pray for rain and relief from the heat. 
While I have no quibble with the sentiment, I cannot decouple in my mind these thoughts and prayers with the reality that it is our own human activity polluting this planet that has caused the climate to change in dangerous ways. This is the equivalent of praying to be saved from the rampaging murderer, but not recognizing that we were the ones who knowingly let him out of prison.

Every coal plant still operating, every gas guzzling car on the road, every oil and gas well is partly to blame for this tragedy. Yes, let's pray. But let's also DO SOMETHING about the problems to prevent future tragedies like this from occurring. Because this is just the beginning. And we are all of us most certainly to blame.

Not sure we're to blame? Let's talk some facts about Arizona:

Enough energy hits the Arizona desert every few hours to power the entire country. So why aren't we doing anything about it?

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