Back in 1836, Houston said to Travis
“Get some volunteers and go, Fortify the Alamo.”
Well the men came from Texas, And from old Tennessee
And they joined up with Travis, Just to fight for the right to be free.
Those who defended the Alamo didn’t fight for their own freedom; they were free already. They fought for the right to be, for the right of others to be free. They died for that right.
Something else threatens Texas these days. We saw it in ugly action when hurricane Harvey hit. The floods were the worst ever. If we get so mundane as to look at data, here’s the daily rainfall amounts for the city of Houston:
Not just the heaviest daily rainfall ever, the two heaviest daily rainfall amounts on record, one after the other. Three of the four heaviest rain days on record, one after the other after the other.
Did global warming cause the hurricane? No. Did it make the hurricane worse? Yes.
How many devastating floods has Houston suffered in just the last few years? Too many. Every one of them — every one — was made worse by global warming.
You may have heard, from those who spread misinformation (and are very good at that), that global warming had nothing to do with it. Maybe that global warming doesn’t even exist. That’s a lie.
Global warming is real. It’s man-made. It’s bad. Every time floods come to Houston, global warming makes them worse. The sea itself is higher now, because of global warming, so even without “storm surge” it’s still harder for the flood waters to recede. The flood is worse. There’s more water vapor in the atmosphere, because of global warming. The flood is worse.
The declaration of independence doesn’t just talk about the inalienable right to liberty. It also includes life. Those rights don’t come from government. They are endowed by our creator.
Global warming threatens your right to life, your right to the pursuit of happiness. Who will stand up for our rights? Who will fight for them? Back in 1836, it was men from Texas, and from old Tennessee. Who will answer the call today?
We can fight it. Not with swords or guns. With brains. With sacrifice. With science, and with new technology, brilliant technology. We call it “renewable energy.” It makes us energy independent. It protects creation, takes care of this beautiful garden we call “Earth.” Don’t forget that those who have dominion over the earth, over every fish and every plant and every creature, aren’t the owners who have the right to trash the place. We are stewards of creation. Taking care of this garden is our job. We can’t just exploit every fish and plant and creature, we need to take care of them. Every one.
And don’t forget that global warming doesn’t just threaten Houston, and Texas, and Tennessee. It threatens everyone everywhere. The people of Miami. The people of Bangladesh. The poor, in Africa and even here in the U.S., will be hardest hit. It’s not fair.
Let’s fight for the right to life, to liberty, to the pursuit of happiness. Not just for ourselves, for others too. For everyone. Can Texas lead the way? Yes. Will it be hard? Yes. Can we win? Yes.
If we can do that, if Texas shows the way, those who died at the Alamo will be proud.
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