I love my kids too much to sit on my hands and wait for the worst to happen. I know that many of you feel the same way. It may not be kids that motivate you but everyone loves something about this planet that is beautiful and sacred –the beach, a pet, mountain biking, taking a walk to the coffee shop or SpongeBob SquarePants. Life on planet Earth is sweet indeed.
Climate change is difficult to conceptualize. It’s not just about the Earth getting hotter, which of course is happening. It is the changes both subtle and dramatic this temperature increase brings to an already stressed system. There will be stronger hurricanes, disappearing glaciers and a rising sea level. This alone is enough to throw human existence into chaos but what happens when there are major disruptions in food production due to the compounding factors of drought, wild fires and an ocean inhospitable to life?
It’s time to say "no" to the folks who have a vested interest in world wide suicide. Luckily, the technology is available to start making a difference. Here are three things you can do right now. First, switch to compact fluorescent light bulbs. Second, use paper products made from recycled materials. Third, buy a hybrid car. If a new car is not in the financial picture then vow to make you next purchase a hybrid. Instead, buy carbon offsets for the vehicle you are driving.
Go see An Inconvenient Truth and then start to make the world a better place. Remember, The Police had it right when they sang, "One world is enough for all of us".