Sandy is Climate Change. Sandy is not Al Qaeda. Sandy is faster and bigger because of what we do. Even the phrase "human-caused" sounds evasive. It's you and me. It's what we do in our ordinary life.
Sandy is very direct. The tree branches flying over the roof of my house a couple nights ago were hurled into the wind by how I use electricity, transport myself, how I shop. And by how my country makes war, which is the worst CO2 emitter of all.
For many New Yorkers, the USA's red white and blue flag on the covers of the tabloids this week is a dismaying image. Flying the flag after 9/11 meant completely distorting what it means to be an American. Let's change the meaning of raising the flag this time. We are not creating a Devil that arouses our violence. The flag means Peace. Peace on Earth. We are promising to strike a balance with natural life, to restore the forests and coral reefs, to stop the poisons, the fracking, tar sands and mountaintop removal coal-mining. Our god the corporations' "dominion over" over flora and fauna is impossible. We cannot live separately from other life. Sandy has daughters. Earthalujah!