Thursday, December 15, 2011

My Kind of Statue...and Ultrarunning

[Image credit, from Planet of the Apes]

I would gladly contribute to funding this effort.  From Dave Lindorff at The Smirking Chimp:

Wanted: Sculptor who works in bronze to construct life-sized group of statues of President Barack Obama, House Speaker John Boehner, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, all to be mounted at the high tide line below a high cliff in Maine's Acadia National Park.

There what's left of American posterity can watch as the seas rise inexorably over the coming years and decades, first lapping at the feet of the statues, then the knees, then the waists, then the chests and finally cover over the heads of these "leaders" in Washington who have cynically and foolishly squandered the last opportunity to take effective action to combat climate change.

Such a sculpture would give the lie to these climate deniers, as rise of the sea level due to warming of the ocean and to the melting of the polar caps and the mountain glaciers gradually swamps and submerges these images. It would also serve as a focal point for shaming those politicians who allowed short-term political and monetary gain to blind them to the need for true leadership and action in combating the gravest threat to humanity and to life on the planet since a comet blasted the earth 65 million years ago and wiped out the dinosaurs.

Have we forgotten what even animals know is the Prime Directive: For. The. Children? 

If it enhances their chances for survival, do it; if not, don't.

Oh, and the link to Ultrarunning?  Pretty obvious--no habitable planet, no trails.


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