You look at that river gently flowing by. You notice the leaves rustling with the wind. You hear the birds; you hear the tree frogs. In the distance you hear a cow. You feel the grass. The mud gives a little bit on the river bank. Itís quiet; itís peaceful. And all of a sudden, itís a gear shift inside you. And itís like taking a deep breath and going, "Oh yeah, I forgot about this."
I've been trying to tell this story for a long time, and I feel as I've failed to make the message across.
There are good people, who are in politics, in both major parties, who hold this at arms' length, because if they acknowledge it, if they recognize it, then the moral imperative to do big changes would be unescapable.
Ultimately, this is really not a political issue so much as a moral issue. If we allow that to happen, it'd be deeply unethical.
We have everything, save perhaps political will. But in America, I believe political will is a renewable resource.
You see that pale, blue dot? That's us. Everything that has ever happened in all of human history, has happened on that pixel. All the triumphs and all the tragedies, all the wars all the famines, all the major advances... it's our only home. And that is what is at stake, our ability to live on planet Earth, to have a future as a civilization. I believe this is a moral issue, it is your time to cease this issue, it is our time to rise again to secure our future.
Future generations may well have occasion to ask themselves, "What were our parents thinking? Why didn't they wake up when they had a chance?" We have to hear that question from them, now.