By Debbie Metke*Debbie Metke

Weaving through our never-ending obsession with U.S. politics is a skeletal finger tapping our shoulders, though we nervously whistle past it and avert our eyes. From the UN to NASA, scientists around the world are alarmed by the speed of our environment’s dissolution. Those paying attention have even increasingly been hearing the words “near- term human extinction.” Is it too late? Is it a fact that humans can better imagine full-on world death than consider simplification of our lives? Imagine the glory of coalescing our best minds to unify, take stock of our resources, limit our populations, and stop our polluting—helping all societies work to replenish the forest, soils, waters, and wildlife. Through a global Marshall Plan and true cooperative federation of world nations we could remove that bony finger and grow into our greatest human potential. It’s a choice only each of us can make: Work for a new system, or keep our heads in the sand and go down at our peak of humanity. There are answers, but we are the leaders we’ve been waiting for. 

*[Former DWF board member and prolific activist Debbie Metke recently sent this short but powerful Op-Ed piece to the New York Times. We’d like you to see it. –Ed.]

NOTE: The Democratic World Federalists are committed to expressing a wide range of views on the vision of creating a peaceful, just, and sustainable world through a democratic World Federation. The views expressed in this article represents that commitment and not necessarily our official position.