It’s time to get realistic about climate change. It’s getting harder to say that humans don’t have some impact on the warming of the globe. The high majority of scientists seem to be on board about the idea that global warming is a man-made phenomenon. If scientists, on an issue of science, are saying that it’s true, then I’m probably going to believe in their opinion over you. Sorry about that.
The fact of the matter is that the earth’s average temperature is rising and that seems to be because of the pollution that we’re creating. Even if you don’t agree with that, it’s even tougher to argue that our pollution isn’t causing less breathable air, less drinkable water and an all around less liveable planet. I’m not saying that we stop everything all together. I’m not advocating that we go back to living like cavemen and stop all pollution in its track cold-turkey. But what I am advocating is change. At the very least in baby steps.
Everyone wants a quick fix. I know I do. I’d love it if we could just build some big machine that could clean up everything and we could keep living the way we have been living. But that isn’t going to happen. The real way that we’re going to change the affects of global climate change is through personal sacrifices and a little hard work. It’s like dieting. The answer to losing weight isn’t in some magic pills; the answer is in eating right and exercise. It’s a lifestyle change that’s needed.
President Obama’s deal in Copenhagen was far from an amazing deal. In fact, it wasn’t really a deal. It was more of a goodwill promise between nations. But at least it’s a start. I wasn’t expecting a clear cut 100% solid agreement signed by all major nations to come out of a one week climate conference. Certainly more needs to be outlined about sustainable ways to cut CO2 emissions and to lower the global temperature. We need to find ways to make sustainable energy and cut our dependence on foreign oil. We need to find ways to make our planet more liveable. I want to make money as much as the next person, but I want a liveable world that I can spend it in. So what if we do really make the world a better place and we find out that global warming was all a scam?
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