I watched with great interest the post of the debate between Bill Nye (The Science Guy) and Ken Ham, (Founder of the Creation Museum). I personally can’t understand how people can disbelieve such a vast amount of peer-reviewed scientific evidence that our climate is in grave danger. While the current scientific prognosis can be scary for some and it can be tempting to deny it in order to not have to deal with it, I often wonder why people are willing to take such a devastating and costly gamble.
If one is not motivated to take action simply because our world Earth health prognosis is looking rather grim, perhaps SOME may take notice when our world economy becomes weakened. (Money speaks for some.)
According to an article I just read on the website www.thinkprogress.org/climate/ new research from the University of Southampton suggests that by 2100, the flooding and rising sea levels caused by climate change could decrease the world economy by one-tenth.
Right now, the water levels in the Great Lakes are down which sometimes inhibits the ability of some cargo ships to navigate to their ports. Transportation inhibitions definitely hurt our economy. Pakistan reportedly has one month’s worth of water remaining and a mass migration out of the country is being predicted (also according to www.thinkprogress.org/climate/). Part of the water problem is the country’s misuse of its water resources but some is due to declining fresh water source levels which are believed to be stemming from climate change complications. An exodus from an entire country will certainly affect economies and it may just be the beginning.
How can we help when we’re only one person? Collectively we who do believe science and are concerned with dire world consequences of climate change comprise a tremendous population with a loud voice and we must start using our voices liberally.
First, VOTE. Be aware of your candidates’ stance on global warming and listen to their plans (or lack of them) to combat it. Make others aware of FACTS concerning what is happening. Like Bill Nye in the debate mentioned above, back up your talking points with science and discuss the consequences of voters’ choices. (No need to be militant–”someone” once said, “Speak softly and carry a big stick.” Your big stick of course are the scientific facts.
This is a big election year for U.S. House and Senate members. Get involved with campaigns in any way you can. Every minute of volunteering and every penny contributed to candidates who want to work on clean energy, for instance, is is using our voice to make our convictions known.
Know where you shop. Do the stores/brands (big box, primarily) you support have green operating practices? If yes, please make your appreciation known, if not, perhaps send an email or letter to company executives letting them know that your money will be spent elsewhere with companies/brands who are making friendly environmental advances and request that they please begin the change. (This may require a bit of research but we only have one planet.) Choose one company to start with –you don’t have to conquer the world–we can do that together.
Then there are the actions we can take individually. These actions include the usual suggestions regarding limiting our carbon footprints in our daily lives but it’s going to take more–much more for us to comprise a loud enough voice to be taken seriously.