Scientists are the first to admit that they are skeptics. So, when 97% of climatologists agree that global warming and global climate change is real and is happening at an alarming rate, we should all sit up and take notice. I find it hard to wrap my head around the idea that there are still "deniers of global warming" who think that it is nothing more than a Commie plot by the Democrats.
Of late, there have been only two encouraging events regarding our environment; the ozone layer is regenerating due to the outlaw of chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) and hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs) and is expected to be repaired by the middle of this century. The water levels of the Great Lakes, which were alarmingly low, have increased significantly due to the harsh winter of 2013-14.
Apart from that encouraging news, the prognosis for the planet sounds very dire. We are already experiencing the effects all over the world; devastating hurricanes, droughts, torrential rain storms, flooding, snowstorms and subzero temperatures, to name just a few events. The polar ice caps are melting faster than a popsicle left in the sun. Something like 10,000 species go extinct every year. If it were not for homo sapiens, none of this would be happening. We are breeding too many animals for the dinner table who are burping and farting methane into the atmosphere, causing an excess of greenhouse gases. We have the technology for clean fuel like electric cars, solar and wind power, but the oil companies have too much clout.
According to founder of the Climate Outreach and Information Network and climate change expert, George Marshall, author of Don't Even Think About It: Why Our Brains Are Wired To Ignore Climate Change, the biggest problem is that your average Joe, while he agrees with the scientific proof that global warming exists and is a real threat, can't seem to accept the idea that globally, we all need to make huge lifestyle changes, well, actually sacrifices, in order to slow down its progression or we are all going to be in big doo doo in a very few decades. Those people who are recovering and rebuilding from natural disasters are in too fragile a state to do anything other than piece their lives back together. They feel comforted by others in the same predicament but they aren't ready to admit that our existence as a species and of this planet is at risk, big time.
The fact that hundreds of thousands of ordinary people, worldwide, took to the streets on Sunday, September 21, 2014, for Climate Action Day, to take a stand and make their feelings known, is very encouraging. Last summer was the hottest on record. Our climate is changing so fast, that by 2050, the predictions call for more extreme weather conditions; more flooding, hotter temperatures, wildfires, bigger snowstorms, an increase in food prices, more health problems, a drop in groundwater supplies, etc. etc. etc.
Governments should have been making these changes 40 years ago. It is now too late for individuals to make a difference, so we have to lobby our elected officials to do something immediately. I won't live to deal with the potential apocalypse, but my son certainly will. Think of the children.
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