While we're flat-out preparing for Climate Week (18-25 March) some earlier thoughts I had on the day Trump was elected, knowing his stance on Climate Change.
On the one hand it is infuriating that people can be that unaware of what is going on in the world, cannot see the destruction everywhere, cannot see the mix of profiteering and poverty which both drives and results from our political and economical system inadequacies.
But the stronger feeling was that Trump's election brings the necessary revolution closer, and that must be a good thing. The mainstream world has been procrastinating far too long, and solutions are getting more difficult after each day of delay. The best chance of making the changes necessary, is not far from a revolution. And the shock to the system, which is needed to break the complacent many out of their rut, could well be triggered by someone as blatantly false and corrupt as Trump. In fact, that could be our best bet.
There will be some collateral damage of course, as some of his plans will get executed as unrest starts. But the sooner things get changing, the better the chance to keep violence at bay, while still saving the earth for another few generations.
Now I am most concerned that Trump will do something "normal" and that he may gain some credibility. Any at all would be fatal. But in that sense the signs are good: an oil chief as secretary of state, an EPA chief who not only denies human impact on climate change but actually denies the effect of CO2 - which was scientifically proven in the 1800's already, suspension of the clean water act, every day brings more madness. Keep spreading the gun powder, Donald, and a spark will come.
But this all depends on people, lots of them, deciding to stand up against the tyrants and for a future.
Erik is a physicist, ocean sailor, petroleum engineer, climate change student, and public speaker and writer.