HELLO IF YOU LIVE IN THE US YOU CAN DO SOMETHING ABOUT CLIMATE CHANGE
If you're feeling hopeless in light of recent news headlines, don't panic!! There are still things we can do to turn around climate change!
CALL YOUR REPS AND TELL THEM TO SUPPORT CLIMATE ACTION IN THE BUDGET RECONCILIATION BILL
Hank (ya know, internet guy) explains this step:
The gist of the video is: budget reconciliations are special in that they don't need 60 votes to pass the filibuster. They only need a senate majority. And Democrats have that majority in the senate.
The budget reconciliation bill is capable of putting targets in place to drop carbon emissions by 80% by 2030. That is a big deal if we can get it passed.
Here's what you (a US citizen) can do:
call your senators (and representatives if you want!) and tell them to support climate action in the budget reconciliation bill. Hank has a script in the blurb of the video that's under the readmore - and I'll put my own modified script underneath as well.
Please. Call both your senators - Reps and Dems alike. We may not get this close to meaningful climate legislation for another decade.
Hey, I just wanted to call and say how important it is to me that YOUR REPRESENTATIVE OR SENATOR is taking climate change seriously. I know we've got a chance right now to set targets, like getting an 80% decrease in emissions by 2030 and investing a lot in new and existing technologies.
Anything that YOUR SENATOR OR REPRESENTATIVE can do to make this a reality really matters so much, and I appreciate it.
IF THEY ASK FOR MORE INFORMATION (sometimes you get a real person) I just know that the budget reconciliation bill is one of our last chances to pass meaningful laws that will affect our impact on the climate. Anything to spur investment in clean energy, carbon capture, or energy storage is really important. But most importantly, we need to see real, ambitious targets for decreasing carbon emissions.
My Modified Script:
My name is YOUR NAME and I am a constituent from CITY, STATE. I wanted to email you and say how important it is to me that SENATOR/REPRESENTATIVE is taking climate change seriously. Right now, we have a chance to set targets, like getting an 80% decrease in carbon emissions by 2030.
I am urging SENATOR/REPRESENTATIVE to support climate change action in the budget reconciliation bill. This bill is one of our last chances to pass meaningful laws that will affect our impact on the climate. Anything to spur investment in clean energy, carbon capture, or energy storage is really important. But most importantly, I would like to see real, ambitious targets for decreasing carbon emissions.
[START ID] Hank Green: So I'm afraid, I'm afraid to talk about it on Twitter, so I'm going to talk about it here. I see on Twitter all the time people say: 'at Hank Green has Ranboo vibes'. What is a Ranboo vibe? Can you guys tell me?
(Below is a screenshot of Ranboo's comment: I'm just surprised he pronounced my name correctly. Greetings, Hank Green.) [END ID]
I was in Home Depot and Hank Green was there. When I went to talk to him, my mask kept teleporting into my pocket, so I started panicking because we're in a pandemic and Hank Green might think I'm an anti-masker.
You will always struggle with not feeling productive until you accept that your own joy can be something you produce. It is not the only thing you will make, nor should it be, but it is something valuable and beautiful.
THOughTs on the Green brothers. (spoiler alert, these thoughts are highly positive)
been seeing posts recently about the time john green was bullied off of tumblr like its something to laugh about-- i even reblogged one of them that was talking about how tr*mp should try to join tumblr and see how it goes (which was, admittedly, funny)-- but i just want to throw it out there that john green gets a bunch of shit that he doesnt deserve and i am tired of hearing it.
So heres my incomplete list of great things John and Hank Green have done that dont mean that theyre perfect people but just mean that for FUCKS SAKE people need to lay off and actually recognize that they are good people and actually making the world a better place.
1. in their podcast, where listeners write in with questions, they always refer to people asking the questions with gender neutral pronouns unless the person specifically expresses a gender in the text of the email. They dont talk about it, its just a thing that quietly happens.
2. Their books are fucking good
John uses his books to subvert common harmful tropes that affect the way people view women and people dealing with chronic illness. “Looking For Alaska” and “Paper Towns” are absolute refusals of the MPDG trope and absolutely condemn the main (male) characters for seeing Alaska and Margot as less than full human beings. “The Fault In Our Stars” is all about how illness in general but cancer specifically doesnt mean anything, its just a horrific thing that happens to people, and how nothing you learn from having cancer is valuable enough to be worth it, and how romanticizing illness hurts people who are dealing with it. “Turtles All The Way Down” is about OCD, about feeling like a burden on people around you, and sometimes actually being hard to be around and actually hard to deal with, but how that doesnt make you less of a person, and doesnt make you any less loved, and how “getting better” or being “cured” is not the end goal of mental illness narratives, sometimes you just need to be able to get through the day and that is OK.
Hanks books are a trip and a half. “An Absolutely Remarkable Thing” and “A Beautifully Foolish Endeavor” are simultaneously the books that have made me the most afraid of the future, and the most hopeful for the future. I dont know how else to say it. Also. well. written. queer. women. HOLY FUCK. WELL WRITTEN QUEER WOMEN. WRITTEN BY A STRAIGHT WHITE GUY. How?? you ask??? because he fucking talked to queer women, hired sensitivity readers, and actually values the input of marginalized people and wants to represent them well. Read these books.
3. This isnt even touching on all of the charity work that they do in which they NEVER CENTER THEMSELVES so im going to do it for them because they deserve some recognition for this. They are so generous with their time, attention, platform, and money in a way that i hope becomes more common, but damn, they are making concrete change in the world in a way that most people only talk about. and theyre DOING IT.
4. THEIR FREE EDUCATIONAL CHANNELS. FREE EDUCATIONAL RESOURCES. FREE. EDUCATIONAL. RESOURCES. and thats not even close to all of them. They also make really great explainer videos on their main channel about really difficult topics and they break them down into something you can understand.
They are just earnest, silly, and interesting people who are committed to experiencing the world with curiosity and i could go on and on with the just-- fucking GOOD things both of them have done and people choose to ignore those in favor of laughing about the john green c*ck monologue and making up twitter style canceling manifestos based on not having read any of their books or having engaged with any of their content in any way and straight up garbage. I just think they deserve better than that.
tldr: stop talking shit about the green brothers. ready for a keanu reeves style green brothers renaissance on this hellsite.