The Union-Leader’s news pages are quite different from its opinion page, especially the political opinion, thank goodness. A good example is in today’s paper: A sober look at the reality of climate change by long-time reporter Shawne Wickham in today’s paper is an example. It includes this telling quote from Clean Energy NH’s boss:
Years ago, people predicted that it would take a “horrendous disaster” to wake people up to the threat of climate change, Sam Evans-Brown said. “What I’ve witnessed over the past 10 years is a litany of horrendous climate disasters, but folks have not woken up,” he said. “At least they haven’t woken up at the speed and scale we assumed they would.”
The article is here. I’m not sure whether that link will bypass the paywall or not; I think it does.
I think we’re looking at the ‘frog in a pot’ model. If we’d gone from ‘mostly normal’ to ‘wildly bad’ in 6 months, people might have reacted. Because it’s more gradual, it’s still possible to play it off as just wild weather.
I listen and watch, here is what I see: Some people tell themselves that this is a natural cycle we cannot control. Others think this is the rapture when they will fly up to heaven, leaving us sinners behind. Still others just do not look past the present moment. We are doomed.
TOO MANY PEOPLE REPRODUCING TOO MANY LIVING TOO CLOSE TOGETHER CONSUMING TOO MUCH PRODUCING TOO MUCH POLLUTION
LEADS TO FOOD/WATER SHORTAGE MASS MIGRATION PANDEMICS WAR GLOBAL CLIMATE DISRUPTION AND PROBABLE HUMAN EXTINCTION
“The raging monster upon the land is population growth. In its presence, sustainability is but a fragile theoretical concept,”
E. O. Wilson
Any ethic that allows people to destroy the environment that supports them is mistaken and must be rejected.
The article is mostly useless because the basic premise of it seems to be that the “tipping point” will be when people wake up to the reality of climate change, and it does not offer any steps people can take to help reverse “global warming.”
Some things people world wide can do: plant more trees, and regrow rainforests as well as northern forests; this includes plants such as bamboo. All plants absorb CO2 and WATER. Also consider population; if it is already at 7 billion, then how is the world going to be able to hold 8 or 9 billion?