"Only when the last tree has died and the last river been poisoned and the last fish been caught will we realise we cannot eat money" Cree Indian Proverb
Don`t get me wrong I place high value on money, but maybe, just maybe, there is something "greener than money" that ought to fuel a passion for existence and our possibilities? Hence, I`m trying to understand why the Climate events of 2010 haven`t raised the sphincter alert to levels that make us want to cry like babies? That "storm photo" above is the real thing but it doesn`t show everyone hiding behind their stuff as if Climate Change is a virtual fantasy that won`t affect me, or you?
Consider this litany of 2010 Climate events? Devastating Pakistan floods, Niger`s drought, Australia`s horrible flooding after 9 years of drought, the hottest Jan-May temps ever recorded in human history says NASA, people freezing to death in Poland, New Zealand suffers its third consecutive year of drought, catastrophic floods in Venezuela, death from heavy rains in Tamil Nadu, and Atlantic Hurricance rates well above average in 2010. Add this to the food riots we are witnessing in early 2011 and I`m hearing the call of a radical "Climate change in your face" that needs our consideration yesterday? But hey that`s me, I`m the sensitive type. Maybe I need to reason this out?
Instinct says that recent Climate events are screaming "Storm Warning" but my friends are ranting "normal Climate cycles"! Wherein lies the truth? Well, my gut says approach the question from the angle of "hypothesis and probability", (hey that sounds like Science 101) so I search for some logical basis for karmic action.
Search, of course, starts with Google and ends with pier reviewed sources (thats how Science works if someone could tell Fox News or CBC`s Rex Murphy all about it?) . The information is gathered by the World`s most credible Scientific organizations, i.e. IPCC, NASA, USC (union of concerned scientists), American Association for Advancement on Climate Change, NAS (US National Academy of Sciences) etc. Their webpages are adamant in their concerns about human made "Global Warming". Check it out if you care?
Consider this statement from the IPCC. "The current warming trend is of particular significance because most of it is very likely human-induced and proceeding at a rate that is unprecedented in the past 1,300 years". This organization is the leading International body for assessment of Climate Change. Thousands of scientists from all over the world contribute to the work of the IPCC on a voluntary basis. They are beholden to zero Corporate interests and their assessments provide no financial gain. Their credibility is only questioned by the "all mighty dollar" and perhaps the "root of modern evil". Karma talk for Greedy Bastards!
A recent finding, co-sponsored by Richard Zeebe from the University of Hawaii, reports that human activities are putting carbon dioxide into the atmosphere about 14,000 times as fast as natural processes do. The report suggests that nature has never seen this CO2 acceleration in 600,000 years? It can only adapt to emissions at this rate over thousands of years which reinforces the Global Warming distress of the IPCC, NASA and too many others. This kind of talk has me a little worried? Its got the smell of extinction.
I could go on with endless Climate Science references from the noted groups but I`m trying to convey a condensed version of my Climate thought, so I`ll refocus on a "recent report to the US Congress" from the NAS (the NAS has an unparalled International reputation for integrity). The NAS Report states: "Climate change is occuring and is largely caused by human activities...and in many cases is already affecting a broad range of human and natural systems". In a follow up letter, to each member of Congress, a group of their distinguished scientists wrote: "Climate Change poses unique challenges to human health...There are direct impacts from heat waves and severe storms, ailments caused and exacerbated by air pollution and air born alergens, and many climate sensitive infectious deseases".
I`m feeling the love for some heavyweight backing to my notion that 2010 was a "Storm Warning". This planet needs help (right now!) before we (you and I) frack it up? I`m thinking that we need to get involved or bend over and get ready to ride a future storm of food riots and "Water World"! The best of our Science Community believes that there still is time to make this right, but the Gaian clock is ticking for an International ClimateFest in Durban South Africa later this year! Hopefully, the World`s developed Countries feel a karmic pressure, at this COP17 event, to do the right thing on reversing CO2 emissions asap?
Maybe we can take some time to convince a Politician, write a Blog, or talk to a friend about considering this Planet`s future? The future is now and it`s too precious to waste!
"If we go on the way we have, the fault is our greed and if we are not willing to change, we will disappear from the face of the globe, to be replaced by the insect" Jacques Cousteau