But what sticks with me most, as a teacher and an environmentalist, is this line: "Is this a conversation we [American citizens] have a capacity to have?"
When intelligent people speak passionately about what they think is most important for the world to understand, they often go over people's heads or provide too many details that nobody really cares about, and then their message is lost. Are you paying attention, Naomi Klein??* Maybe Oliver could interview her next!
If we can't find a way to get people to understand the significance of what's happening to our ecosystems right now, we're screwed. Maybe it would help to remind everyone that, if the atmosphere is filled with more greenhouse gases from burning fossil fuels and supporting factory farms, then they'll be too worried about finding drinking water and a home at a higher elevation to be able to have sex.
Except, that happened with phthalates years ago, and nobody cared. There was a huge Globe & Mail spread on how phthalates and plastics affect male fertility and even penis size, and I thought at the time, "Now things will change." But it didn't. At all. Because it's not happening to people in a way they can see, and it's not happening to them RIGHT FREAKING NOW.
Blarg. How do we get the message across in a way that people will get pissed off and actually change the way they live and the types of politicians and platforms they'll support??
Help me, John Oliver. You're our only hope.
*Yes, I know I could use a lesson on this too, but I'm a C list blogger, so I'll just putter away here how I like, thank-you very much.