I first saw Al Gore speak on global warming when I was a senior in high school (1991, well over a decade ago). That was the year I had been invited to attend and participate in the National Meteorological Society’s annual conference in New Orleans. Seven other students from across the country were with me, sitting in the second row for this seemingly-important presentation. The only thing I remember from that speech? Falling asleep. Everything sounded important, but I wasn’t able to connect enough dots to have his projections make sense (personally). Even so, what could I do about global warming? Can one person really make a difference?
Fast forward to the cusp of 2006 / 2007. Ponzi and I happened upon “An Inconvenient Truth” on our cruise ship’s video network (remember, I’m still on my honeymoon right now – as I have been for the past few days). What we watched in that film was beyond jaw-dropping. Global warming is really happening, and it far outstretches any kind of political affiliations and agendas at its core. Our planet doesn’t give a rip if you’re Republican, Democrat, Libertarian, Communist, etc. You don’t have to look very far in today’s news to see how Mother Nature is starting to fight back against the virus known as humanity. The record snowstorms in Seattle, Colorado, Kansas, New Mexico? Sure, weather patterns are cyclical – but we’re messing with Earth’s Registry, if you’ll entertain the Windows correlation for a moment.
CO2 in the atmosphere is off the charts – a logical (not just political) outcome from sloppy and outdated manufacturing processes and the increasing amount of nations reliant on fossil fuels. The more populations we industrialize, the more carbon dioxide we produce – it’s really *THAT* simple. It’s scary simple. “Technology” can save us, but it is likely leading us down the path of our own destruction. What we need to apply now is our knowledge, not just our tools. I don’t care who you are or where you’re from – we’re all in this together. Forget about our petty differences for just a split second and realize that we’re facing something potentially cataclysmic. This isn’t a future generation’s problem – it’s our problem. This isn’t happening in the future – it’s happening today.
And let’s just pretend for a moment that global warming is a “Chicken Little” scenario. On which side of the argument would you rather side? Isn’t it better to be safe than to be sorry? In this case, “sorry” may very well translate in the complete destruction of everything that you’ve known and loved. I’ve gotta trust my own circuitry on this issue, and that tells me to start making dramatic changes at home – immediately. It’s not just a New Year’s Resolution to change my own energy habits – it’s a lifestyle change that will put me square in the middle of the “solution” column. It’s time to do a bit more research; what are you doing to save your home, the Earth?
[tags]global warming, inconvenient truth, co2, carbon dioxide[/tags]