Warning- I’m about to get a bit political.
I readily admit to having quite a few fears- heights, bridges, spiders. Spiders are usually top of my list, but lately even those 8 legged monsters are coming in second place to something bigger. My biggest fear of this past year has been the climate change issue. More specifically, the people who don’t see climate change as a real issue.
It is a concept that I cannot wrap my mind around. How can a person be presented with overwhelming scientific evidence and just deny it all? An outstanding number of politicians outright refute facts and figures for….what?
Okay, I’m not that naive. I know what.
Even that I don’t understand though. What good will billions of dollars do when half of the world in under water and the other half is burning? We all drink the same water, whether it comes from an Evian bottle or the kitchen sink. And a fancy beach house in Miami isn’t worth much when it’s sitting on the bottom on the Atlantic ocean.
The truth of it all is that the facts are in, and it’s not looking good. The level of CO2 in the air is astronomical. Senator Jeff Sessions, from Alabama, recently referred to carbon dioxide as “plant food”. This is partially true, but what this senator is either failing, or refusing, to recognize is that trees are not a hungry little league team at an all you can eat pizza buffet. Pumping more of it into the air isn’t going to force plants to consume more of it. It all has to go somewhere and most of it ends up hanging around, slowly warming the earth and changing weather patterns.
Where I’m currently living, we’re experiencing a severe drought, with no end in sight. I can’t remember the last time L.A. received a substantial amount of rain. Back in my hometown, in Pennsylvania, they dug themselves out of a brutal winter only to be ushered into one of the stormiest summers that area has seen in a while. And this is just the start. If we continue carrying on the way we have been, it’s going to get worse. As people have put it before, it’s not really global warming. It’s more like global weirdening. The weather will become more intense and many areas will start experiencing weather that they haven’t before. A lot like The Day After Tomorrow, just not quite so abrupt.
One last big complaint- can we please stop with the endless repetitions of, “I’m not a scientist, but…”? Go ahead and complete that sentence with whatever ignorant bullshit statement helps kick the can even further down the road. You know, I’m not a doctor, BUT I’ve dealt with plenty of assholes in my life, so why not trust me with your next prostate exam? Sound logic right?
The problem now is that the can has been kicked so far down the road that we can see the bright yellow DEAD END sign, hanging from the barbed wire fence. This seems to be crisis number one in the world, yet people are still putting it on the back burner. Yes, there are many important issues currently being debated in our society, with some making great progressive strides. But what good is any of that if, in the end, we have no world to live on?
There is no Ph.D after my name. I don’t have any solutions, besides the obvious- recycle, conserve water, walk where we can. What I do have, though, is common sense. Well, enough of it to listen to those who are smarter than me: those people that do have a doctorate and have devoted their lives to these issues. People like Neil DeGrasse Tyson, Bill Nye, and Michael Oppenheimer. People whose only agenda is preservation of the human race.
We can’t afford to keep doing nothing. Every time a person calls climate change a hoax or political agenda, we all suffer. If we keep denying the problem, and trying to pass off to the next generation, there eventually won’t be another generation to pass it to.