What Did You Do Once You Knew
It’s 3:23 in the morning, and I’m awake because my great, great, grandchildren won’t let me sleep.
My great, great, grandchildren ask me in dreams
What did you do, while the planet was plundered?
What did you do, when the earth was unraveling?
Surely you did something when the seasons started failing as the mammals, reptiles and birds were all dying?
Did you fill the streets with protest when democracy was stolen?
What did you do
My personal story of how I came to be a climate activist has recently been featured in ClimateMama. I wish to express my appreciation to Harriet Shugarman (founder of ClimateMama) for helping me spread the word to grandfathers and grandmothers everywhere who, like me, are deeply concerned about the environmental legacy they will leave to their grandchildren.
A Grandfather on Climate Change (from ClimateMama)
Join us for a short interview with Canadian Climate “GrandPapa” extraordinaire Rolly Montpellier, founder of Boomer Warrior and co-founder of Below2C. At ClimateMama, Rolly first came to our attention several years ago through his writing and on-line activism. We had the pleasure of meeting Rolly in person at a Climate Reality training in 2013.
In Rolly’s Voice, and his Words:
With retirement came a period of introspection, self-evaluation and questioning. What do I want to do with the rest of my life? What does it all mean? How much time do I have? How can I get involved? There is so much to do. Where do I start?
I wasn’t always this way. Like most people, any un-ease about society, the environment or the body politic was quickly tossed aside or squeezed out by an overly-busy lifestyle. I had a career to pursue, kids to put through school, a mortgage to pay and a retirement to save for. Deep down inside however, a small nagging voice kept reminding me that someday I would have to get back to the issues left unresolved.
And there would be no bigger issue, no more daunting challenge – the mother-ship issue of our times – than the degradation of our environment and climate change. I’m not sure precisely when I knew that we are destroying our planet. But I recognize exactly when I knew that I had to do something about it.
When my grandchildren were born, I knew. So what do you do once you know?
Like most, I was hanging on to hope. But ‘hope’ is failing us. It has been said that hope is the rope on which we hang, leaving us paralyzed. It just allows us to carry on what we’ve been doing for decades – deferring solutions to someone else sometime in the future. Hope simply passes the buck to our kids and grandkids.
I needed to seek the truth, however disconcerting, inconvenient or troubling it might be. The result of this soul-searching is BoomerWarrior.
Vision: A fossil-free Canada during our grandchildren’s lifetime
- To raise awareness about the need to limit the warming of the planet to less than 2°C.
- To influence our politicians at all levels to take pressing action on pricing carbon.
- To facilitate and accelerate our transition to a clean energy platform by 2050.