Okay, I took Memorial Day week off then got lazy. I'm going to get just a touch soapboxy today, so if you don't want to read on, I totally understand. I'll see you Friday. If you are interested, well...
I am putting Little Red Wolf on hold for a little while. I know, I know! I already published book 1, when is book 2 coming out?! Well, I'm looking at maybe July. I have another project that is consuming me. Let me explain.
By now most of you should know that I am fairly liberal and a total hippie. Like tree hugging level. Except spiders and mosquitoes, I love all life and think every soul is sacred. (Except the aforementioned insects. Those fuckers can go to Hell and burn forever.) So, when the person who I already detest whose name I flat-out refuse to use in a sentence referring to a position of power, declared that he was telling the rest of the world to fend for themselves, I got a little bit cranky. I hope everyone realizes that is a drastic understatement.
The truth is we as a country produce a lot of things. We have numerous companies that are household names all over the world that started here, some of them very close to me. But, our greatest export remains our culture. Pop or otherwise, American culture is a hot commodity in many places int he world. We are a world leader in many things. And, our scientists already know how to make us a world leader in renewable energy technology. We have the skill, the materials, and the infrastructure to change the global energy economy. We can influence the world!
But we're not. And why? Because big business and the politicians they own, think there's no money in it. Pure and simple. It is making them a shitton of money to destroy our environment. Now, that being said, there are quite a few companies who are taking action. Who have signed agreements with governments to reduce their carbon footprint. There are even some whose entire business model is built on that one goal. They are making a difference, but they are individual and separate. One person recycling is great, but an entire community is what it takes to make a difference.
Enter the Paris Agreement. If you have not read it yet, I highly recommend doing so. It is well thought out and practical. While there are points we as a country may contend with, the basic theory and motivation behind it are sound. Namely to save the world from our destructive tendencies. We as humans have the power to stop destroying our planet. And, we have the ability to clean up the messes we've made. Not doing so is acting like a tantruming spoiled little brat who won't clean their room. Problem with that analogy is that the room is full of toxic chemicals that are giving your neighbors cancer and a whole slew of other nasty diseases.
Our oceans are in serious trouble. If you think that isn't a big deal, please remember that water covers 71% of our planet's surface and most of that (96.5%) is ocean. If all the ice in glaciers and on mountains melts, that number will raise significantly. As so many memes and t-shirts say now, "there is no Planet B".
Because I am passionate about conservation and have trouble extrapolating my thoughts without putting them into story format, I am putting werewolves on a back burner and cranking through an old NaNoWriMo project. It is my conservation manifesto. It is my position, thoughts, feelings, and desperate warcry for action with regards to this beautiful, amazing, dynamic planet I feel blessed to call home. I hope you join me every Wednesday to learn about the Earth, climate change, and the process of writing this book.
The following links are a good place to start if you are interested in doing your own research.
United Nations Paris Agreement
USGS Water Statistics
Unstoppable by Bill Nye
NOAA Climate Change Indicators