Blood, Toil, Tears, and Sweat
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Some people alive in 1940 may remember a portion of the famous speech given on 13 May 1940 by Sir Winston Churchill to the British public. The speech was given during the dark days of World War II for the British when all appeared to be on the verge of being lost. Still, with a firm resolve and a realistic picture of the task before them, the British people responded to Churchill s plea with resolution and prevailed. Similarly, the climate crisis of the 21st century is global; time for remedial action is short; personal sacrifices may be appalling; and success is not assured. However, the alternative to taking action is equally horrendous _ letting billions of people starve and die and virtually eliminate the prospects of a quality life for posterity. The key lines of Churchill s speech are: _I say to the House as I said to ministers who have joined this government, I have nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears, and sweat. We have before us an ordeal of the most grievous kind. We have before us many, many months of struggle and suffering (full speech at http://famousquotes.me.uk/speeches/Winston_Churchill/2.htm). Churchill asked the people to war with all their might and with all their strength _ in short, total commitment.