Climate Change

I want to preface this post by saying that I am not publishing this to support or tear apart a particular political party. My entire reasoning for this post comes out of love and compassion to the earth, all of its inhabitants, and God. I want everyone to know that I love them, I value them, and I want to see the betterment of all.

Fake news. Propaganda. Disprovable. Not tested.

The above statements are all clustered together surrounding the ideas of climate change. It’s alarming to dismiss such an alarming topic. There are environmental and climate scientists who dedicate their lives in order to better understand our planet. To deny the severity or even the possibility that this may be a real issue is to deny someones entire life and focus. The approach we should take with an issue like this is with humility, love, and an open mind.

The IPCC recently released a bit of alarming information. In their most recent report, we have twelve years to change things or we are going to have a lot of drastic and irreversible changes that would be not only detrimental to the human race, but also to all life on this planet. There are so many people who ultimately deny that climate change is real, yet there’s an intergovernmental panel on it. Aside from that, organizations such as NASA and the World Wildlife Foundation recognize that it is, in fact, real, and poses a threat to life on this planet that we call home.

There’s a quote that I appreciate from Carl Sagan. When he laid eyes upon the famous image, The Pale Blue Dot, he wrote:

We succeeded in taking that picture, and, if you look at it, you see a dot. That’s here. That’s home. That’s us. On it, everyone you ever heard of, every human being who ever lived, lived out their lives.

The aggregate of all our joys and sufferings, thousands of confident religions, ideologies and economic doctrines, every hunter and forager, every hero and coward, every creator and destroyer of civilizations, every king and peasant, every young couple in love, every hopeful child, every mother and father, every inventor and explorer, every teacher of morals, every corrupt politician, every superstar, every supreme leader, every saint and sinner in the history of our species, lived there — on a mote of dust, suspended in a sunbeam.

Here’s the picture that he was gazing upon. I ask that you’d look at the picture and re-read what Sagan said.

Pale Blue Dot

You see that small little dot? It’s right there in the yellow line across the picture. That’s us. That’s Earth. That’s home. Like Sagan said, everything we have ever known and our entire existence is “on a mote of dust, suspended on a sunbeam”. That Pale Blue Dot is home. Home. Our home is in danger. Everything that you’ve ever done, every emotion you’ve ever felt, and everything that you love will have no meaning if we do not reverse the effects of climate change.

I know that a lot of people are centered around facts. People like facts and people want to know how they are being effected. Here’s some data to help put the severity into perspective. NASA has directly stated that since 1880, the globe has increased by 1.8 degrees Fahrenheit, or 0.9 degrees Celcius. That may not seem alarming, but let’s look at the physical effects of that increase. Each decade, the Arctic Sea ice decreases by 12.8 percent. That may seem like nothing, but that means that sea levels are rising. NASA gives some amazing evidence for climate change by stating that over the last century, the sea levels have risen eight inches. What does that mean? Coastal cities and islands are in major trouble. As the Earth warms, waters rise, and people will be forced to leave their cities. I live in Charleston, SC. I love my city. I don’t want to see it become lost in the ocean.

I find it quite intriging that there are so many debates now on the topic of “Pro-Life”, while people seem to miss the mark on what that label really means. To be pro-life is to believe in the conservation and continuation of life itself. That includes the planet. You are not seperate from this earth. You are an inhabitant just as much as the living trees, animals, mushrooms, birds, and fish in the sea. We all depend on each other, and that’s something that the Word Wildlife Foundation is trying to show. The decrease in our air quality would completely destroy ecosystems. Breathing in toxic air due to the polution and pollen would cause severe health issues for mammals. Every bit of life that we know will suffer until all life doesn’t exist on this planet. The WWF is pushing advances to try and help the world become aware and adapt to the rough climate change that is happening and that is to come. They hope to influence policy, protect forests, and engage in busuness by ensuring that they are lowering carbon emmissions. The science is clear- we are the cause of this catastrophy.

One of the factors that contributes to the mostrosity of climate change is something that majority of folks couldn’t imagine giving up: eating meat. As funny as it sounds, the amount of methane gas emmitted from cattle is one of the highest impacts to climate change. The United Nations released a reports stating that in Europe alone, there are approxamately 25-28 Million cows. That’s not counting the entire globe. The UN states that “livestock farming alone is responsible for up to 18 percent of the greenhouse gasses that contribute to global warming.” This is alarming simply because of the amount of meat that the world goes through every second. Every second, McDonalds sells 75 hamburgers. That’s 6,480,000 hamburgers a day. Every day, McDonalds feeds 68 Million people. The amount of hamburgers that are sold per second outnumber the amount of people that are buying the burgers. That’s just McDonald. Imagine how much meat is being sold around the world increasing climate change due to our selfishness as a species. The impact of the meat market is so significant to me that it pushed me to have a meatless diet over a year ago.

Our rising temperatures are causing something alarming to happen: water shortage. California is facing extreme water shortages that are linked to climate change. Because of the drought, wildfires are becoming more rampid than ever, and the president of the United States has made claims saying that it’s because they don’t rake their leaves in the forest like other countries do. I hope that this claim of “not raking leaves” seems as dillusional to you as it does to me. People are losing everything they have, even their lives, because of climate change.

Our biggest enemy in climate change is ourselves. We are creating these issues and the facts show it. So often I see folks who subscribe to political ideas simply because they follow a political leader, party, or news network. Fox, CNN, and other mass media networks are bias in what they present as news. Facts override opinions. The unfortunate truth is that we have to begin seeing through the illusions of our cognitive dissonance in everything we do. Instead of seeing Facebook headlines, do the reasearch and read things from different perspectives than yours until facts outway opinions. At the end of the day, we are going to be the ones who end ourselves if we don’t do something about it.

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