YA Wednesday: Embracing and Escaping Trump

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Ryan Junell

Try as I might, I cannot stop thinking about the consequences of a Trump presidency. And clearly many of us are in the same boat, what with all the drum-beating, march-planning, and blooming activism in all corners of the country. I find myself seeking comfort in the statistic I alluded to in my last post, about how if only millenials had voted Trump wouldn’t have won (though who knows how Russia might have intervened). Young people are the future and I’m putting all my eggs in that basket of faith. But what to do now?

Just a week after the election I attended a symposium where Mark Bittman presented a picture of complete doom and gloom. The other night I was heartened to hear an old college friend David Grinspoon present a more optimistic forecast laid out in his new book, Earth in Human Hands: Shaping our Planet’s Future. His 10,000-year perspective that humans have avoided extinction before and are adaptable enough to do it again, and that four years (hopefully not more) of Trump can’t undo all the energy innovations taking place around the world, gave me renewed hope. In the meantime, we have to suck up and face the music. Here are some links that may help us move forward.

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1 comment

  1. Lisa Birk

    Great collection of links. Mark Bittman was all doom and gloom? The food writer? Man, that’s super-depressing. Here’s hoping David Grinspoon is on to something.

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