There is a lot of talk about climate, climate change and global warming right now – is it happening? What is it? Is it causing California’s drought or the Midwest’s dramatically cold weather or the 2003 heat wave in Europe?
Extreme drought and heat and cold are bad enough, but what’s happening now is just the beginning if we don’t get our lazy butts in gear and do something about it. With climate change we have to be hugely proactive. We have to take action long before the worst of it upon us. We’re so used to responding to crises after they happen. For global warming and climate change, however, we have to act very early. It’s a little like preparing for the Olympics – you have to start training your body years before the event. So why early for climate change? Because we can only block it by acting decades ahead of the full effect.
The problem isn’t just just the big weather and climate changes that will come. It’s how we will react to them. If we don’t take corrective action NOW, it won’t be too many years before we are at war with each other over dwindling water, food, and resources. If it gets really bad, it will be neighbor fighting neighbor, community fighting community, and nation against nation struggling to survive.
But take hope. It’s doesn’t have to be that way. There are some wonderful solutions out there. We just have to band together as a Nation and implement them. Then, if we commit to an effective program and make a serious start, we will be in a far better place to persuade the rest of the world to follow our example.
Below is my “I have a dream” piece that I wrote a few days ago and that expands on the above. But before you read that, you might want to take a look at my sub-topics: “Age of Consequences” and “Denial – The Freight Train“.
I have a dream. That you and I and the rest of us unite to tackle three big interlocking threats to our well-being, perhaps to our very existence. These threats are climate change, population growth, and the increasing decline of the planet’s ecological health. It is my contention that if we don’t take these threats seriously and don’t act immediately and in big ways, we face a very bleak future. That is, if we and our children and our grandchildren are left with any future at all. However, if we’re smart and take immediate action, we may be able to save ourselves. (See Wind, Solar, and other solutions.)
So, what’s all this talk about global warming(GW)? Two degrees? Five degrees? What’s the fuss? We’ve just had a huge winter storm in the Midwest and its ten below zero outside. How can this be global warming! And even if we are warming, everyone I listen to says we have nothing to do with it. And if the sea level is rising, it’s only a few feet and we can all move inland. What’s the big deal? Read my pieces on global warming.
And what’s this about climate change(CC)? How can just a few degrees rise in global temperature, if it’s happening, change our climate? And what does that mean? We’ve always had periods of drought and hurricanes, tornadoes and floods. Why is it any different now? Read my pieces on climate change, climate change effects and on climate denial and some of the other menu items at the top of this blog.
I have some ideas to add to the discussion that you may not have heard. For example, I don’t use science to persuade you that global warming is real. I use history and how the fantastic advances we’ve made over the past 200 to 300 years are at the root of these problems.
Over the next few weeks I hope to present you with simple, straightforward, positive actions you can take. There are some good solutions. I hope you will join me and tell your friends. The more of us who step up and take action, the more effective we will be. Thanks.
I welcome thoughtful, helpful feedback, so please respond with comments.