I often have West Wing on in the background when I'm doing things around the house, especially when we have a government in power which makes me feel sad and angry. I know West Wing isn't reality and even for fiction, it definitely isn't perfect, but it makes me feel like there are times when intelligent, caring people can work together to make the world a better place.
This scene stuck with me today.
Of course, I am anti-death penalty...the issue of this particular episode, but I think the story of The Man Who Lived by the River is actually quite timely for climate change and the environmental mess we have created. I hear from many religious people that it is God's will or that God will save us. I respect all religions and atheists, but I will never respect inaction. We have to do something now and we can't wait for someone else to do it.
Overwhelmingly, the evidence is clear that people adopting a vegan diet, or at least mostly plant-based, is an important part of the puzzle that everyone can do. It doesn't take voting someone into power, running for government ourselves, suing a corporation, or even taxing the insanely wealthy. We can and have to all make this choice to do what is best for our future...so we have a future. Those of us who are already vegan need to help others and show them how easy it can be to do what is necessary and right. Before it is too late.