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As @elizabethforma has sagely advised us, we need more than ever to perform our civic duty NOW!
by @diananyad - yesterday
Scott Pruitt was named head of the EPA. A man who battles against every clean air or water initiative. Honestly, have we lost our minds?
Im going to march on January 21, whether in D.C. NY LA Check out what's happening where u are. Let us be heard. More https://t.co/1bGn9lb2t9
Perhaps the #DakotaPipeline decision will presage other enviro. moves over next 4 year's of Trump's presidency
@Crosslo Hayley! Am honored that my book moved you. Thank you so very much
by @diananyad - 2 days ago
DianaNyad - 1 hours ago
#winter sweeping the #usa while crisp fall weather here in LA...lol
DianaNyad - yesterday
A couple of hours after posting yesterday vis a vis hope for environmental protection under Trump, Scott Pruitt was named new head of the EPA. A man staunch in his battles against every clean air or water initiative carefully constructed over recent years. A man who is currently suing the very agency he has been called on to lead. Honestly, have we lost our minds?
Then to drag up the statements the new Trump Security Advisor Michael Flynn is throwing out is alarming, to understate it. His rants have literally been characterized as "demented" and, at the very least, are way out on a ledge. This is the individual we want coordinating with Secretary of State and Secretary of Defense on crucial matters to protect our nation? Tell me, have we lost our minds?
I have never been a Mitt Romney fan. Decidedly au contraire. But at this juncture, Romney seems a sane, dignified, measured choice for this cabinet, someone apart from the dangerous others taking their leather-bound seats.
I am going to march on January 21, whether I go to D.C., NY, or Los Angeles. We can't overturn the election result. We don't have much true political power, except via checks and balances and the hope that a bunch of decent Republicans will stand up for basic American values as each terrifying referendum comes onto the floor of Congress and the Senate.
As Elizabeth Warren has sagely advised us, we need more than ever to perform our civic duty now. We need to finance, give time, support in any way we can the organizations and individuals who are out there growing their movements that we all care about, from environment protection to abortion protection to human rights protection for all people of all religions.
I'm going to march the day after the inauguration, not to give up and throw up my hands and cry out that we are facing seriously threatening times, but to speak our truth in mammoth numbers...and then get back to the grass roots work that has made our country what it is to begin with.
There are evidently 40 states now proclaiming marches on Jan 21. Check out what's happening where you are. Let us all be heard.
DianaNyad - 2 days ago
Perhaps the Dakota pipeline decision will presage other environmental moves over the next four year's of Trump's presidency.
Having grown into an international issue, the pipeline scheduled to run under the lake on the Standing Rock Indian Reservation has been denied by the Army Corps of Engineers.
I don't know about you, but as the various Trump cabinet members come into play (let's start with the scariest of them all, Mike Pence, who declared his political mission way back when he first took office in Indiana to tear down Roe v Wade, and now believes homosexuals should undergo reassignment therapy to turn straight...what?....what century are we living in???), one of the areas that has caused me most concern is the future of our planet.
If Trump has come a long way from his campaign statements that global warming is nothing more than a hoax by the Chinese, and now has opened to the not-so-subtle concept that we mankind have ourselves started the melting of our glaciers, there is hope on any number of issues, to believe that he is steadily receiving an education on all fronts and will not be as hell-bent on destroying the values we have fought hard for over recent decades as we might have feared.
I get it, that a hard-working rural worker, struggling to pay bills and buy groceries, finds the future rising of the earth's seas a non-relatable concern. But science has opened our eyes to the gripping reality that it won't be millions of years till the oceans rise above the coastal cities of the world. It will be a matter of mere decades. Imagine taking the infrastructures of New York City, Hong Kong, Sydney, Los Angeles and moving those populations inland in just a couple of decades, when the crisis mounts and we haven't really believed it's coming? I heard a lecture from the world's most eminent glacierologist recently. His prediction is that many of our cities will be under water by the end of this century. We know already that the Maldives will be covered within our life time and they are now negotiating with towns in India, to literally move their nation there.
If we have an Education Secretary who doesn't believe in public education, a Vice President who disrespects women and wants their right to govern their own bodies to be rescinded, a White House chief strategist has declared all of Islam not a religion but a subversion against whites....we are clearly headed for a call to civic duty from all of us, to boost the good people and orgs who do in fact represent our values.
Perhaps we will witness Trump cabinet pullbacks in all these areas, more centrist views than we are seeing at first blush.
If more decisions go the way of the Dakota Pipeline, I am encouraged.
DianaNyad - 7 days ago
Yesterday met Key West Art & Historical Society where they are going to install #january a tribute to my #cubaswim. Will forever embrace status of #honorary citizen of #keywest
DianaNyad - 10 days ago
Just as I was decrying too early #xmas fare, strolled #5thavenue tonight, festive lights, crowds in great mood, 50-degree weather spectacular. Wonderful relief from our current #news
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