Wednesday, November 05, 2008

First Day of the 21st Century

To even the crustiest of curmudgeons the announcement confirming Obama’s incumbency as next President of the United States cracked open doubt and cynicism and left us with something truly unusual: joy.

We know that Obama faces a tough journey. His vision will not be realized immediately. Indeed, it may take years. But last night and today we felt something not collectively felt in a very long time. Hope. Joy. The dawning of a new era. For that, I cannot thank Obama, his campaign team and those who voted for him enough. That defining moment at 11pmET November 4 was a real gem of a gift, particularly for those of us who struggle with the specter of ecological fallout coming soon to a future near you.

Someone once wrote that Obama does not just talk change. He manifests it. He manifests it through grassroots activism, channeled brilliantly through the Internet, touching the pulse of the age. Where Roosevelt understood and maximized the medium of radio, and Kennedy, TV, Obama realizes fully the potential and power of online communication. He will continue to tap into this medium throughout his presidency. Obama has changed the game.

November 5, 2008. Welcome to the first day of the 21st century.

And to celebrate, I call upon Judy and Babs! Let’er rip girls….


Message to Obama
Congratulate him! Remind him why we love him.

Ask Politicians to PowerUp
Harper. Oh yeah. Remember him? PowerUP Canada, whose backers include ForestEthics, Environmental Defence and the Pembina Institute, helps funnel public concern on global warming to government ears. They’ve crafted a message for you to send to Canada’s leaders. You just have to provide your name and email. It’s that easy.

In the News

Obama victory signals rebirth of US environmental policy
Bring it on!!

Canada to seek continent-wide approach to climate change
Obama’s take on Canada’s watered down climate change policy? It’s going to be very interesting.

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