The Ground Beneath Us (1/22/17)

400 ppm of CO2

That’s the threshold. We’ve passed it, and the Earth is well on its way to heating up beyond control. Sea levels are rising, the arctic ice is melting away. Even if you couldn’t care less about the wildlife that uses the ice as its home, or the creatures that will die off at a 1˚C change over a few decades, you should be seriously worried if you live on a coastal area, or have family and friends living there. It’s a mess, and things are only going to get worse.

You might not see it now, going to school, to work, everything looks fine. Your biggest issue might be getting good marks in a class, or rising in the ranks of your job. That’s precisely the issue. Most people wouldn’t care to think that by 2050, human population will hit 10 billion. Most people won’t perceive that the causes of more severe weather, droughts and floods, are caused by rising temperatures. Most people will not see what’s right in front of them, and even choose to ignore the fact that the world is warming, that suffering and loss is around the corner of the century.

Many people who realize this think that they alone aren’t significant enough to do anything, that no one else is doing it anyways, or it won’t affect me, I’ll be dead by then. For those of you who have misgivings, go with the flow, or are just reasonably selfish, I urge you to think deeply about the future. You have a family…and your children, grandchildren, nephews and nieces will have to live in the world that you leave behind, even if you don’t live to see it. The winds are picking up, the waters are rising. The carbon footprint that we as a race leave upon the Earth increases every decade to every moment. The human population is increasing out of control, and at some point it will be too late to stop the wars that break out, the billions of deaths that will result from famine, and the centuries back that humanity will fall. Is this what you want for the future? How will you look your son or daughter in the eye, and tell them that this isn’t what it always was like? That it didn’t have to be this way, that you lived a better life…

It’s on you. The the lives of our posterity, the things that you treasure, and the lives of 90% of things on Earth. The burden is on you. You can complain about the difficulty in changing your habits and ways, that things will become more difficult, and that it’s inevitable.

The truth is that we’re not dead yet. The futures of our children and grandchildren rest upon us, but we can still do our best to preserve the planet. Do what you can, talk to your friends and family. Make the changes that you want to see in the world. Regardless of the actions, every little bit counts. Choosing to recycle, to switch to more eco-friendly lights, to create 30% of your nations energy through renewable methods, it all starts with one step. To act.

We have passed the point of no return in terms of the carbon emissions, but this doesn’t mean that we can’t slow down the warming, that we can’t keep improving technology. We have to make this change. For ourselves, for our future generations, and for this rock in outer space that we call our home. Because if we don’t, no one will, and if no one does, then we risk the drastic decline in technology and culture of the human race, as well possibly the end entirely.

Thank you, and think about this…


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