Where’s Yul Brynner when you need him?

Updated: May 8, 2020


Yul on the right (Steve McQueen left) Google photo

Where’s Yul Brynner when you need him


I always liked the movie “The Magnificent Seven”. It’s about seven skilled gunslingers who rescue a poor Mexican village being menaced by banditos. Each of the seven had a specialty and each was lured into the venture with promises of reward. Of course, there was no reward, but in the end they did fight for and save the village (reluctantly) because it was the right thing to do.


Yul Brynner, who played Chris Adams, helps the villagers recruit the gunslingers and then decides to lead them. It is critical to the success of the mission. Without a strong leader, failure was certain.


Today’s existential threat from climate change and the banditos who perpetrated it may require another Magnificent Seven.


The threatened village, of course, is the global village it which we all live. The banditos are clearly the fossil fuel companies who, with their political minions, refuse to stem their destructive emissions. Under the guise of keeping the economy in tact, they have spent hundreds of millions spreading disinformation and confusion about what is happening. Let’s be clear, these are bad guys. They know what’s happening. They have for decades and they don’t care. They are profit driven. After all, profit stokes their off-shore back accounts. Even their share holders can’t shake their tree.


I used to think we could get them on board but even with the smoke screen of their so-called ‘green initiatives’ it ain’t happening. Don’t believe it for a minute. Read the press releases and watch their investments. The truth is hard to hide.


They do see the writing on the wall and the early signs of a massive divestment in fossil fuel stocks. However, instead of making any real commitment to renewable energy and emissions reductions they have decided to shift their resources to making more petroleum based plastics. They are building multi million dollar plastics plants in places like Pittsburgh.


The good news is that we have six Magnificents already signed up to stop them and are on the job.


Scientists – Hundreds of organizations, educational institutions and tens of thousands of scientists are working day and night to head off the problem. These are the ones who tell us what’s happening and how it can be fixed. They issue warning after warning. Their predictions are all coming true only faster than expected. The United Nations is the one global institution with the potential to organize them and disseminate their information. They work day and night despite our indifference.


Climate Activists – These are the people and organizations who have been fighting for years to combat climate change. They now include vast numbers of young people world-wide who are motivated and making their presence known. Their knives are sharp and they know how to throw them. Their ranks are growing the their voices getting louder.


Towns and Cities – Politics at the small level is still working. Mayors and city cou