MARCY WINOGRAD and MEDEA BENJAMIN – “United States Innovation and Competition Act of 2021” would sabotage an opportunity for the U.S. and Chinaâ€”countries responsible for releasing half of the world’s fossil fuel emissions â€” to partner on curbing emissions and sharing strategies for greening the Earth.
DENICE ZECK – On Sunday, February 2, Earth Day Network ran a full-page ad in The New York Times announcing a global day of activism to mark the 50th anniversary of Earth Day on April 22, 2020. The advertisement ran nearly 50 years to the day that a full-page ad in The New York Times used the words â€œEarth Dayâ€ for the first time. The ad changed everything about environmental awareness.
KARL GROSSMAN – Despite protests around the world, the Cassini space probeâ€”containing more deadly plutonium than had ever been used on a space deviceâ€”was launched 20 years ago. And this past weekendâ€”on Earth Dayâ€”the probe and its plutonium were sent crashing into Saturn.
ROBERT C. KOEHLER -â€œWe cannot afford to lose another decade.â€ My God. Thereâ€™s more darkness in this quote than the New York Times intended. I winced when I read these words of Ottmar Edenhofer, co-chairman of the committee that wrote the latest United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change IPCC report, which the Times quoted in a recent editorial headlined â€œRunning Out of Time.â€
KEN MCCORMACK – For Earth Day, April 22, letâ€™s vow to take responsibility. Our careless behavior has changed Earth much faster than predicted. We are living through a global crisis, and the United States is largely responsible. There are good economic reasons, of course, to deny what has happened. ExxonMobil is recording higher profits than ever. Expensive disinformation campaigns are spreading doubt. Governments and corporations are urging â€œmore growth.â€ That is, â€œmore for us!â€ But in our hearts we know. Endless growth is impossible, and its pursuit is immoral.
PETER BERGEL: Oregonâ€™s best peace party and Oregon PeaceWorksâ€™ largest fund raiser is the annual Give Peace a Dance extravaganza, now scheduled for April 17 at the First Congregational Church of Salem, 700 Marion St. NE. from 6-11 p.m.