Today is Earth Day, and like I’ve said before, every day should be earth day! Please stick with me for a second, this is as important as anything I’ve ever said: we (powerful corporations especially) are behaving like the earth is indestructible… and it isn’t! Hopefully, you don’t need to be a “nature” person to understand that this planet is the one we humans and all other species have to live on (Mars fantasies don’t count). We are part of nature, not above it, and when we don’t treat our home well, it will eventually not treat us well. That time is imminent if not already here. I think anyone who appreciates natural beauty can understand why I try to use my art to highlight environmental issues. I was asked to speak at SXSW Eco last year and I decided to create a digital version of my presentation for easy viewing. Please check it out and share it if you dig it.
I also would like to politely but firmly encourage everyone to read Naomi Klein’s book This Changes Everything. OK, now I’d like to more antagonistically say: get off your ass. Whatever COOL things or NOT COOL things you are spending your free time on, that shit is infinitely less important than the future of the planet! I meant to read This Changes Everything right when it came out, and should have, so don’t waste another minute like I did.. get the book now. This book thoroughly and compellingly examines the causes of Climate Change and the systemic roadblocks to reversing it. Please go to http://thischangeseverything.org and read more. You’ll understand how intertwined income inequality, lack of corporate oversight, campaign finance, lobbying, and many other current strands of capitalism are. I’m not ant-capitalism, I’m anti-capitalism without safeguards to protect humanity and the planet. Naomi Klein puts it better than I ever could, so just read This Changes Everything please! Thanks for caring, and by the way, we are all on mothership earth together so lets remember we are all connected! Earth Day every day!
To view Shepard’s presentation click HERE!