I posted these words on Facebook earlier today. I encourage anyone not interested in climate change to stop reading and continue about your day . . . for as many days as you have left. (Yes, that’s a joke.)
Cool. If you are still reading, thanks. I especially want to thank my international blog followers. Though you don’t live in the United States, this issue effects us all. Furthermore, I’m sorry for the disruption we’ve caused the entire world.
I decided to publish this message on my blog because (frankly) I have a much bigger audience than on Facebook. I don’t spend very much time on Facebook but have been posting a few articles the past few days. I’m trying to share articles of a more uplifting nature than some of the other postings I’ve seen.
I made it clear back in November that I did not vote for Trump, but this is not about the election or HRC. This is about where we are today and where I hope we are headed.
I know everyone is either sick of posts about the new administration or they’re frightened because of changes in the making, whether short or long-term. I am not here to attack your right to your opinion or your choice. I am here because science is the equalizer.
Science may not sound exciting or sexy or even interesting. You wake up, take a shower, eat your breakfast, get in your car and drive somewhere – to work, to school, to a shop. You don’t care where the electricity comes from to run your alarm clock. You don’t care where the water comes from to wash away the sleep. You don’t care where your food comes from beyond the nearest grocery store. You don’t care where your car was built or even how it works as long as it gets you to where you need to go.
Maybe you do. I don’t know. I know I care about these things to a certain extent – mostly when it’s convenient to think about them. Still, I believe I think about it and do more than most of the people around me (strictly through observations). I recycle. Recycle. Recycle. I try my hardest not to waste water, fuel and electricity. I care about my carbon footprint because it will probably be the only thing left of me after I’m long gone.
It’s easy to live in the now. What difference will your choices make in the future if you can’t put food on the table this week? I look to the “survival rules of 3” for the answer:
- You can survive 3 minutes without oxygen
- You can survive 3 hours without shelter in harsh conditions
- You can survive 3 days without water
- You can survive 3 weeks without food
There are no alternative methods of survival. Whether unclean air makes it impossible to breath or there is no safe shelter or water is plentiful but not clean enough to drink or food shortages turn populations into warrior tribes, it only takes one of those to lead to real carnage.
I’m certainly not trying to be overly dramatic, or maybe I am. I think we’ve all become desensitized to what’s happening to our planet. We’ve certainly become desensitized to what’s acceptable behavior toward one another. If our so-called leaders (and I mean all of them) can’t treat each other decently, perhaps “We the People” need to show them the way. But that’s a whole ‘nother post.
It may or may not be too late to reverse the damage done to our planet (I’m no climate science expert), but hopefully it’s not too late to stop the carnage in its tracks. It may be the measures currently being taken are not enough, but that absolutely does not mean we should not try. A small change made by everyone in our daily lives can only help.
Well, I probably lost half of you half way through this mini-lecture, so let me leave you with this. Please simply think about it. Changing our priorities is never easy. But I believe in this great nation and that we will continue to be a leader in many ways, especially in the fight against the erosion of our environment.
Thanks for reading. You can learn more about global warming and its impact on the planet and our lives below: