Many people today feel alienated from one another, Red vs. Blue states and counties, racial and religious divisions, choice and sexuality. We even argue over science, like climate and vaccines.

No matter our politics, race, religion, or gender identity, everyone breathes the same air. We are breathing the same recycled oxygen atoms once breathed by our ancestors. Air also connects everyone to life on Earth. Animals, bugs, plants and trees breathe the same air that we do.

We need to protect forests and preserve ecosystems that absorb carbon and release fresh air.

Air is life. If we can’t breathe, we will die within minutes. But now, air might take life away. People wear face masks in fear of catching a deadly airborne virus, and giving it to loved ones. 

The sky in America was red last summer. Dozens of homes and millions of trees burned across the West from Canada to LA, due to record heat and drought caused by humans warming the air.

Over the past two centuries, factories and cars have been heating Earth’s very thin atmosphere. Climate calamities like hurricanes and tornados are increasing in both number and intensity. 

Russia’s invasion and firing missiles reminds us that we must prevent war and make peace in all conflicts, and dismantle nuclear weapons. A global treaty could slash military spending by 90% over a decade, which would then fund the world’s transition to clean energy and sustainability.  

Electric vehicles are coming out, but production needs to ramp up fast. By converting military factories to civilian use, we could build bullet trains, electric trucks, ships, cars and batteries. 

Everything should be powered by clean and renewable solar and wind, and in a few decades by unlimited fusion power. This will also prevent many deaths worldwide from toxic air pollution.

Future generations need sustainable ecosystems and holistic societies to thrive. We must leave them a peaceful and healthy planet, and a stable climate with abundant forests and wildlife.

We need to work together to create this new paradigm. Breathe, we are all connected by air ~

Robert Raven

Robert Raven grew up on three continents, but he's lived in the SF Bay Area for forty years. He is a retired high school teacher, with a BA in Government and a MA in History. He has been an advocate all of his adult life on various national and local issues.

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  1. Davis Kim

    Love this! Thank you for writing it!

  2. Joyce Griffin

    Agree with everything you say above; please add something to this effect: We want our Point Reyes National Seashore back for wildlife & the people. US government bought the ranches in early 1970’s & now we want cattle ranches gone. They’ve overstayed their 20-25 year leases.

  3. Margo Wixsom

    Thanks for your inspiring insights and sharing the essential points of the PRNS ranching pollution and impacts on water and wildlife. I join you as another retiring teacher who wants to continue the education about our essential responsibility to earth, air, water, and loving things in community.

    1. Margo Wixsom

      Living things 😉

  4. Shirley

    I agree, we need to be mindful of so many things in this capitalistic society. I hope we can all learn to be happy with so much less. The old adage-recycle, reduce, and reuse is as prevalent now as it was then. With over seven billion consumers it’s time to tighten our consuming belt.

  5. Doug McDowell

    Thanks Rob. I agree 100%.

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