Some people along the coast of Massachusetts are missing out.
After the homes are flooded and razed, because their parents and grandparents were too foolish and short-sighted to see what should be done, the kids will turn the properties over to the wind farmers, and the coasts of Scituate, Duxbury, Marshfield, Plymouth, West Yarmouth, Hyannis, Hyannisport, Dennis, Tinsbury, Makonikey, Oak Bluffs, Edgartown, and Nantucket will be dotted with thousands of high efficiency turbines.
That’s my dream, anyway.
Climate justice? The way the words are used, they seem entirely focused upon the reconciliation of harm done to peoples far away, by actions taken locally, primarily by citizens of OECD countries.
I say there’s another meaning implicit in the term, much missed in this discourse. And that is one of natural retribution: The day and circumstances when the harm and costs of climate disruption are visited upon the perpetrators and their descendents. Just because few of these want to think on that does not mean it is improbable.
These are not abstract ethical principles people are fooling with. These are the rules by which Earth as we experience it is regulated. And, despite our collective mythologies, no one protects us from the consequences should we defy them.
That’s only proper. The Words have anticipated this.
Surely, this Instruction which I enjoin upon you this day is not too baffling for you, nor is it beyond reach. It is not in the heavens, that you should say, “Who among us can go up to the heavens and get it for us and impart it to us, that we may observe it?” Neither is it beyond the sea, that you should say, “Who among us can cross to the other side of the sea and get it for us and impart it to us, that we may observe it?” No, the thing is very close to you, in your mouth and in your heart, to observe it.
See, I set before you this day life and prosperity, death and adversity. For I command you this day, to love the Lord your God, to walk in His ways, and to keep His commandments, His laws, and His rules, that you may thrive and increase, and that the Lord your God may bless you in the land that you are about to enter and possess. But if your heart turns away and you give no heed, and are lured into the worship and service of other gods, I declare to you this day that you shall certainly perish; you shall not long endure on the soil that you are crossing the Jordan to enter and possess. I call heaven and earth to witness against you this day: I have put before you life and death, blessing and curse. Choose life — if you and your offspring would live — by loving the Lord your God, heeding His commands, and holding fast to Him. For thereby you shall have life and shall long endure upon the soil that the Lord swore to your ancestors, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, to give to them.
(From the JPS Tanakh)
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