I imagine we have always been sort of now vs later sorts. What I mean is that we live in the now. Of course, that is all the rage these days in mindfulness and seizing the moment and carpe diem(?). However, there are things that we are facing that will not really hit us severely for some time but which are irreversible by the time we get hit very hard. Yes, I am thinking about climate change and our role in it.
It was not all that long ago that places like London, England had to deal,with pea soup fog that was the direct result of all the people living there burning coal to heat their homes. Then there were the horrible smog days all around the world in majour cities that were related to the exhaust of cars. These two examples show us what we do when we can actually see a problem. We make changes that at least reduce the problems if not illiminate them. If we did not mitigate these issues the effects on us would have been catastrophic. Did our actions totally remove the problems? Probably not but they were reduced to minimal levels that are manageable.
So, what about climate change? The problem here is that we cannot really see anything on a day to day basis. We have scientists tellling us that the global temperatures are rising and that it is due to green house gases. We have “nay-sayers” who opine that climate change is just a regular cycle of ups and downs here on earth. But we can’t see anything! And all tell us that the real problems are decades away! So we don’t do anything and we concentrate on news about celebrities and complain about governments.
Whatever side you are on related to climate change there a a couple of undeniable truths. Global temperatures are rising. Green house gases contribute to this rising temperature. The increasing temperatures result in water levels rising, ice fields shrinking (thereby reducing solar reflection), and more moisture in the air which results in much more severe weather events. Human activity produces a lot of green house gases that at least contribute to global warming. We are going to have to make majour adjustments to how we live and where we live over the next decades, starting today.
We absolutely need to start doing the doable right now. Even if we believe the effects of reducing our carbon emissions will be low, it will help slow the onslaught of more greenhouse gases going into the atmosphere and thereby reduce, however small, the warming trends. Every little bit will help. We need to do this now! Not develop plans to put in place years down the road.
More to come in future posts related to what we can do to reduce our carbon footprints and what we can do to make adjustments today to mitigate the disruptions that are coming. Let’s do this – together.