OpEd: 2023 Top 10 Fears Don’t Include Climate Change

OpEd: 2023 Top 10 Fears Don’t Include Climate Change
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OpEd: 2023 Top 10 Fears Don’t Include Climate Change (Chicago, IL) — Corrupt government tops the list of the 2023 survey of American fears, (60% of respondents).  Climate change didn’t make the top 10 fears, yet it’s a more likely threat than world war (#5 with 52%), and it exacerbates pollution of drinking water (#7 with 50% of respondents). Climate change can be overwhelming, and people tell me it’s hard to know what to do.  Perhaps it’s easier to disregard things beyond our control.

I recently attended an art exhibit where I met the curator Peter Anostos and chatted about his origin story. When searching for a way to participate in the art world other than as an artist, Peter hosted his first exhibit in his post-college apartment. Since then, he has curated art exhibits in Los Angeles and New York City and leads Art of Life, an art studio and exhibition in the West Loop neighborhood of Chicago serving the neuro-atypical and intellectually diverse community. Peter says, “Do what you can with what you have now” meaning don’t wait for more resources, more skills, or an expert to do it for you. This mantra is the key to resilience and applicable to everything that is overwhelming including climate change. Every journey starts from where you are now.

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The top two issues for climate change are energy and water, yet Illinois is the only in the USA that prohibits water reuse with a few words in our drinking water code: “No CWS may use recycled sewage treatment plant effluent”. These few words are a barrier to climate change resilience and clean and affordable water for all because water recycling is the natural water cycle. There are many wastewater discharges boarding Lake Michigan (Fig 1) which return water from whence it came as required by the Great Lake Compact, and Chicago combined sewers overflow untreated sewage to Lake Michigan once a year on average. This water is diluted in Lake Michigan where it augments the drinking water supply for 10 million people. Call your state legislator today and tell them that prohibiting water reuse is ridiculous because it’s equivalent to outlawing the natural water cycle. This is what we can do now for the seventh generation because water is life.

OpEd: 2023 Top 10 Fears Don’t Include Climate Change

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The Climate Crisis Is Worse Than You Can Imagine. Here’s What Happens If You Try. – Peter Kalmus, out of his mind, stumbled back toward the car. It was all happening. All the stuff he’d been trying to get others to see, and failing to get others to see — it was all here. The day before, when his family started their Labor Day backpacking trip along the oak-lined dry creek bed in Romero Canyon, in the mountains east of Santa Barbara, the temperature had been 105 degrees. Now it was 110 degrees, and under his backpack, his “large mammalian self,” as Peter called his body, was more than just overheating. He was melting down. Everything felt wrong. His brain felt wrong and the planet felt wrong, and everything that lived on the planet felt wrong, off-kilter, in the wrong place.

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