5You, Me, and We in This Troubled World

WHEN SOMEONE ASKED ME recently, “How are things?” I blurted out, “Everything’s good—for me anyway, if not the world.” If you are in the same boat, please don’t assume that it will remain afloat. And if you believe “Somebody ought to be doing something about this,” then please understand that this somebody had better be you. And me. And us—really we, as subjects, not objects. The problems of this world are a lot closer to our own doorsteps, and a lot further from resolution, than most of us care to realize.

When Kofi Annan (2013) called for a “global grass-roots movement” to tackle climate change, he meant you and me, every time we take out the garbage or exploit some other convenient externality. “Green ...

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