Tuesday, January 20, 2009

A New President

On this historic day, Barack Hussein O'Bama became the first African American President of the United States of America. My parents were young children when public spaces still had 'white' and 'black' water fountains. Today it seems that race no longer divides us, that we are people first, a new united states. Yet, still we face many threats, some with distant enemies, and others we create in-country- like our love for fossil fuel and wreckless emission of greenhouses gases into the atmosphere. Our new president acknowledged all of these threats.

(I have special hope for a new energy policy featuring reduced carbon dioxide emissions. See aforemost NASA scientist's, Dr. Jim Hansen's recent letter Barack and Michele O'Bama).

Obama spoke "That we are in the midst of crisis is now well understood. Our nation is at war, against a far-reaching network of violence and hatred. Our economy is badly weakened, a consequence of greed and irresponsibility on the part of some, but also our collective failure to make hard choices and prepare the nation for a new age. Homes have been lost; jobs shed; businesses shuttered. Our health care is too costly; our schools fail too many; and each day brings further evidence that the ways we use energy strengthen our adversaries and threaten our planet."

"Today I say to you that the challenges we face are real... But know this, America - they will be met. On this day, we gather because we have chosen hope over fear, unity of purpose over conflict and discord."


Barbara said...

Hi, Sarah,
Great blog name.

I have been visiting your blog off and on over the last year. I'm an American writer/reporter living in Lima, where I am working on projects about the impact of climate change on Andean rituals, esp. those at glacier sites.

I interviewed Lonnie several times over the last two years about tropical glaciers and met him in Lima several months ago. He's always been very helpful in answering a reporter's questions!

I have a blog, An American in Lima, and today I featured your blog in a post about "Blogging on Fieldwork in Peru."

Keep up the good work, and I hope that your grant(s) come through.

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