Blackened Human Ash: Polar Bears and Syrians

Blackened Human Ash

Rolling down the Downtown Connector
Gas burning, climate changing
Earth on fire
Blackened Syrian ash
Why would they not be angry and want to kill me?

I mean their crops are drying up
Their water is fucked
Their mind is disturbed by shock and awe

Oi, oil sucks
Stop it Mind
Turn on some music
Make the thoughts stop
Quiet guilt complex

No

Get militant and throw the torch back
At Halliburton and Trump
Pick up an incendiary solar cooker
Nuclear fusion food
Nuclear war machine

Sun

Original weapon of the Gods

gorilla I would say that this pretty much sums it up. I can see people’s associations with terrorism and Middle Easterners. I mean, “blackness” since the days of slavery has been a sign in people’s mind of different associations. What makes things different now, is that this same mindset is widening more and more to different groups. I see a gap here in the youth and aging baby boomers. I went out canvasing for the first time yesterday with Clean Water Action to work on fundraising and organizing to get single use plastic bags out of the waters. I could tell from the interactions door to door a huge divide between the socio-ecological consciousness of Millennials and Gen Xers and Baby Boomers in the degree of positive friendly reception to my presence. Same goes for the refugee situation. So, this cartoon is sad and true. People care more about climate change when it is polar bears falling into the ocean with the melting Arctic ice caps than climate change refugees from Syria (a civil war caused by climate change).

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About kayaerbil

I am a Berkeley educated chemistry Ph.D. who is moving into the area of working on developing appropriate technology for communities that are subjected to socio-economic oppression. The goal is to use simple and effective designs to empower people to live better lives. Currently, I am working with Native Americans on Pine Ridge, the Lakota reservation in South Dakota. I am working with a Native owned and run solar energy company. We are currently working on building a compressed earth block (CEB) house that showcases many of the technologies that the company has developed. The CEB house is made of locally derived resources, earth from the reservation. The blocks are naturally thermally insulating, keeping the house cool in the summer and warm in the winter. Eventually, a solar air heater and photovoltaic panels will be installed into the house to power the home and keep it warm, while preserving the house off the grid. A side project while in Pine Ridge is a solar computer. I hope to learn about blockchain encryption software for building microgrids. In addition, it is an immediate interest of mine to involve local youth in technology education.
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