Last week I attended the Florida Atlantic conference in Ft. Lauderdale, 3rd Sea-Level Rise Summit: Connected Futures from Alaska to Florida. A fantastic, enlightening conference.
Miami’s 16-year-old Delaney Reynolds delivered a powerful speech Tuesday: Sink or Swim? Kids Get It!
The talk was based on her 8 minute TED talk, which I have linked below. Her TED talk is a “must see.” Click on the YouTube link to watch it full screen:
There’s nothing I can add to Delaney’s powerful challenge to us.
But I’d like to ask a few questions. Please consider the pages of Wonderlust, chapter 22, NOAA or NOAH . . . Or Both? On Becoming a Force of Nature, where I pondered:
Now, we don’t have any stories that tell us what the children and grandchildren and great-grandchildren of Noah’s ridiculers and deniers
said to their parents and grandparents when the floods finally came. But I can imagine. Maybe it’s something like our children and
grandchildren are apt to ask us not too many years from now:
“What were you thinking?”
“Didn’t you see?”
“Didn’t you care?”
“Why did you leave us with this mess?”
Then watch Delaney’s talk one more time.
Why our brains live in denial: