Thomas Linzey for We, the People, 2.0

Santa Monica welcomes Thomas Linzey, who will be giving an inspiring talk to be filmed for a new project called We, the People, 2.0.  To Linzey, “The environmental movement is a failure.  Whether it’s climate change or the health of our oceans, air, and soil, the planet is worse off now than it was 40 years ago, and rapidly declining. Yet, corporations have more rights than our communities or ecosystems and are doing just fine.  This is how we fix this situation.”

Thomas Linzey: Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund Fights for Community Rights and the Rights of Nature   

to be portrayed in a new film–We, the People, 2.0

Sunday, February 26, 2012

2 – 4:30 p.m.

Santa Monica Main Library, Martin Luther King Auditorium

601 Santa Monica Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90401

(This is a free event.)

Tree Media is filming WE THE PEOPLE 2.0The time is now for this film.

Leila Conners, who co-directed the critically acclaimed film, The Eleventh Hour, sets out to bring us the voice of Thomas Linzey, awakening us to the grandeur of what we can do to revitalize caring for our natural ecosystems and ourselves.  Leila lets us know how momentous it is to be making We, the People, 2.0.  She relates, “Having dealt with environmental issues now for over 15 years, I know that the work of Thomas Linzey is THE solution to endless environmental destruction.  I’ve often wondered, as I know many of you have, why, if we all want clean air, water and soil and a healthy planet for our children, why can’t we make this happen?  Why is it just getting worse?  Thomas has the answer and also the solution. It’s across the board, it answers the 99%.  That’s why we are making this film, because everyone needs to hear about this work.”

With our help through crowd-funding, the film can be made.  Check in with Tree Media to help out!

Paying for Our Carbon Footprint Saves Us

How much does our carbon footprint cost?   It is time for us to be honest and put a price on carbon, the use of which spews CO2 into the atmosphere.  Not paying attention to what that pollution costs our climate, natural ecosystems, public and personal health, and future generations causes huge problems and fosters a lie that the quality of life is currently improving.  

For real progress, a growing movement, including, Dr. Jim Hansen, Director, NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies and the world’s leading climate scientist, is calling for a carbon tax.

What is a carbon tax?   According to the folks writing at carbontax.org, simply put it:

A carbon tax is a tax on the carbon content of fuels — effectively a tax on the carbon dioxide emissions from burning fossil fuels. Thus, carbon tax is shorthand for carbon dioxide tax or CO2 tax.

Unlike what we might first think, it is actually more expensive for us not to pay for the CO2 our industry and lifestyles emit into the atmosphere.  Listening to Dr. Hansen relate the ingenious idea of a refundable tax that could reduce our fossil fuel use by 30% in ten years stimulates the possibility of being responsible for how we move in and impact the real world.

Paying for our carbon footprint saves us.

Rachel Carson on Our First Existential Principle

Like the Birth of Venus wondrously portrayed by the Renaissance artist Botticelli, life, too, rises from the sea.  Rachel Carson’s The Sea Around Us displays the origins of life on Mother Earth as an enthralling literary portrait.

When they went ashore the animals that took up a land life carried with them a part of the sea in their bodies, a heritage which they passed on to their children and which even today links each land animal with its origin in the ancient sea. Fish, amphibian, and reptile, warm-blooded bird and mammal—each of us carries in our veins a salty stream in which the elements sodium, potassium, and calcium are combined in almost the same proportions as in sea water.  This is our inheritance from the day, untold millions of years ago, when a remote ancestor, having progressed from the one-celled to the many-celled stage, first developed a circulatory system in which the fluid was merely the water of the sea.  In the same way, our lime-hardened skeletons are a heritage from the calcium-rich ocean of Cambrian time.  Even the protoplasm that streams within each cell of our bodies has the chemical structure impressed upon all living matter when the first simple creatures were brought forth in the ancient sea.  And as life itself began in the sea, so each of us begins his individual life in a miniature ocean within his mother’s womb, and in the stages of his embryonic development repeats the steps by which his race evolved, from gill-breathing inhabitants of a water world to creatures able to live on land.  (28 – 29)