Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Global Warming - Run for the hills!

Ok, don't run for the hills just yet.

On the one hand we have Sir Richard Branson and the Virgin Earth initiative, Al Gore with his "An Inconvenient Truth", Bono, David Suzuki, and a number of other notables on the same side. There are an abundant number of public figures who have jumped on the climate change bandwagon.

On the other hand, we have things like "The Great Global Warming Swindle", articles like this: http://www.ocala.com/article/20080311/OPINION/803110316/1368/googlesitemapnews and a similar entourage of naysayers who are flat out against global warming being a cause for concern.

It seems like we're missing the point. It doesn't need to be that complicated. With a slightly different perspective you may decide that it doesn't matter whether global warming is occurring when it comes to deciding whether we should .

Take CO2 emissions -- we don't need to know whether our carbon dioxide output is causing global warming. We already know that a high enough concentration of CO2 in the air we breathe is bad for us -- enough of it can kill us. We're spewing CO2 into the environment at a steadily increasing pace. At the same time, we're cutting down on the planet's ability to handle the CO2 in the environment.

Do we really need to go any further than that? Regardless of how slowly it's occurring, we're gradually poisoning our own atmosphere against ourselves in this fashion. It shouldn't matter whether it will take 20 years or 200 years (or however long) to reach toxic levels. If we're decidedly poisoning the atmosphere with how we currently do things, then it should be our responsibility to alter the way we do things to limit or eliminate those toxic emissions.

I understand that carbon dioxide is a vital part of the ecosystem, required in a variety of processes. I'm simply suggesting that we should reduce such emissions (of not only CO2, but of toxins in general) to avoid the slow but steady poisoning of the environment that sustains us.

I'm certainly not perfect, nor am I a fanatic. I do feel that we have a responsibility to take care of the planet, though -- we depend on it. I do happen to be a fan of Branson's Virgin Earth initiative, and I take this sense of responsibility seriously enough that I'm preparing a proposal for submission, to try to do my part.

[Aside: I don't think that carbon sequestration is an optimal long-term solution. I'll expand on that later, though.]

2 comments:

  1. Here are at least 10 things everyone can do to help curb global warming:

    http://www.sierraclub.org/globalwarming/tenthings/

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  2. Thanks for the link Aneesa -- it's prompting me to compile my own list of easy-to-do things that almost anyone should be able to do, and benefit the environment in the process.

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