Well, “we” is not accurate, but I couldn’t resist the alliteration temptation! A few months ago, I had my husband Kit read the prayer in worship, taken from the floor of the Senate a few weeks prior, when Rhode Island Senator Whitehouse whipped out his iPad to the NASA application, Earth Now. He said, “I’d just like to complete my remarks with regard to the Senator from Oklahoma and his snowball.” You may recall OK Senator Jim Inhofe famously brought in a snowball from outside the capitol, saying it disproved global warming, before he chucked it.
Senator Whitehouse continued, “And if you go to Earth Now it’s actually quite easy to load, and you can see how that polar vortex measurably brings the cold air down to where we are right now (he was explaining why there was snow in D.C.) . . . And this is produced by NASA. These are pretty serious people. So (in regard to climate change) you can believe NASA and you can believe what their satellites measure on the planet, or you can believe the Senator with the Snowball . . .” and then he continued his litany, siting the US Navy, Pope Francis, corporate America, and every major American scientific society, who all uphold the fact that climate change is real.
In his capacity as a software engineer, Kit has worked full-time for a year and a half on the Earth Now application, and it has won a Webby Award Earth Now | The Webby Awards from the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences in the category of best mobile app in Education and Reference. The Jet Propulsion Laboratory is flying him out to New York City this Sunday so he can accept the award in person. I’m very proud of him! I fancy that this now makes us a “power couple.”
There are a lot of Webby Awards, so each recipient only gets five words for the acceptance speech. Kit’s boss will actually be making that five-word speech but it didn’t stop Kit from thinking of what he would say. He came up with two versions. “Climate change is real, bitches.” And “Climate change is real. – NASA.” I prefer the first – it has a little more punch to it.
-Rev. Hannah Petrie