Global Warming: Where Do You Stand?
This is the way the world ends: Not with a bang, but a whimper. T.S. Eliot
Fifteen years ago as December was drawing to a close, some people were pulling all their money out of banks and stocking up on food in anticipation of the Y2K bug. There was some fear that our clocks would roll over at midnight and chaos would be the new world order. The doomsday crowd predicted that computers would crash, the lights would go out and the entire world would be off the grid This despite the fact that teams of techies spent the months leading up to the event doing upgrades and making things Y2K compliant. Remember those little yellow stickers?
December 31st 1999, as the new year came in we all watched, some from bunkers, others from bar stools, and when the ball dropped at the stroke of midnight….ahem, nothing happened.
In 2015 some of us are anticipating yet another catastrophe. Perhaps this one is not as imminent as the Y2K bug, but it is compelling. The planet is heating up. Since the industrial revolution man has been putting toxins into the atmosphere and stripping away natural resources. Our actions have caused harm that perhaps we never could have forseen, but the new reality is global warming, and just like 1999 some of us are taking it a little more seriously than others
If you spend any time surfing around on the internet you’ve probably noticed that there are statistics and reasonable arguments to support almost any opinion. The right blogger could probably make animal sacrifice seem fun and appealing to somebody. (There are some talented folks out there.) So it comes as no surprise that the world is divided on this issue. Even scientists are not in complete agreement.
The fact is that the earth’s climate has changed many times throughout history, sometimes very suddenly (relatively speaking of course). By taking earth core samples, looking at glaciers, and studying pollen deposits scientist have been able to chart some of these changes. According to Scientific American there have been three major greenhouse phases throughout the last 520 million years. All of them associated with mass extinctions. It would seem that climate change is bad news for biodiversity , but the Earth, well the earth keeps turning..
The Earth has been turning for billions of years. She’ll shake us off like flies and turn for billions more. We’re not trying to save the Earth, we’re trying to save ourselves.