Did you hear there was a recent student protest on climate change?
If not here are some of the news stories
Children out in the world, making a difference. However will it make a difference? Are we heading for disaster? What can the United States alone do to change it?
Is the United States currently making a difference in climate change?
The United States is not the single biggest contributor to climate change . However, is what we are doing now making a difference? Let us take a look at some facts.
The United States has been dropping it’s carbon dioxide levels each year since 2007. We are currently at levels from approximate to that of 1993. This is including a population growth of 25.87% during the same time.
Looking at the above chart provided provided by Wikipedia you can see where the United States ranks in CO2 emissions. Although our carbon emissions rank second, China leads by a very large margin (almost twice the emission level as the United States).
However you will also notice the per person carbon footprint of each country. Unfortunately we also rank high in this category as well.
The Catch 22
Whats is the answer? What is it that we can do?
In the middle of all this, are the majority of us.
We believe that Global Warming is real, but is the only way to change it, a complete overhaul of the United States economy? A complete overhaul of our lives?
If we do nothing, what will happen?
Lets look at the predictions that have been made over the last 50 or so years and see how correct the scientists have been.
1. Harvard biologist George Wald estimated that “civilization will end within 15 or 30 years unless immediate action is taken against problems facing mankind.”
2. “We are in an environmental crisis which threatens the survival of this nation, and of the world as a suitable place of human habitation,” wrote Washington University biologist Barry Commoner in the Earth Day issue of the scholarly journal Environment.
3. The day after the first Earth Day, the New York Times editorial page warned, “Man must stop pollution and conserve his resources, not merely to enhance existence but to save the race from intolerable deterioration and possible extinction.”
4. “Population will inevitably and completely outstrip whatever small increases in food supplies we make,” Paul Ehrlich confidently declared in the April 1970 issue of Mademoiselle. “The death rate will increase until at least 100-200 million people per year will be starving to death during the next ten years.”
5. “Most of the people who are going to die in the greatest cataclysm in the history of man have already been born,” wrote Paul Ehrlich in a 1969 essay titled “Eco-Catastrophe! “By… some experts feel that food shortages will have escalated the present level of world hunger and starvation into famines of unbelievable proportions. Other experts, more optimistic, think the ultimate food-population collision will not occur until the decade of the 1980s.”
6. Ehrlich sketched out his most alarmist scenario for the 1970 Earth Day issue of The Progressive, assuring readers that between 1980 and 1989, some 4 billion people, including 65 million Americans, would perish in the “Great Die-Off.”
7. “It is already too late to avoid mass starvation,” declared Denis Hayes, the chief organizer for Earth Day, in the Spring 1970 issue of The Living Wilderness.
8. Peter Gunter, a North Texas State University professor, wrote in 1970, “Demographers agree almost unanimously on the following grim timetable: by 1975 widespread famines will begin in India; these will spread by 1990 to include all of India, Pakistan, China and the Near East, Africa. By the year 2000, or conceivably sooner, South and Central America will exist under famine conditions….By the year 2000, thirty years from now, the entire world, with the exception of Western Europe, North America, and Australia, will be in famine.”
9. In January 1970, Life reported, “Scientists have solid experimental and theoretical evidence to support…the following predictions: In a decade, urban dwellers will have to wear gas masks to survive air pollution…by 1985 air pollution will have reduced the amount of sunlight reaching earth by one half….”
10. Ecologist Kenneth Watt told Time that, “At the present rate of nitrogen buildup, it’s only a matter of time before light will be filtered out of the atmosphere and none of our land will be usable.”
11. Barry Commoner predicted that decaying organic pollutants would use up all of the oxygen in America’s rivers, causing freshwater fish to suffocate.
12. Paul Ehrlich chimed in, predicting in 1970 that “air pollution…is certainly going to take hundreds of thousands of lives in the next few years alone.” Ehrlich sketched a scenario in which 200,000 Americans would die in 1973 during “smog disasters” in New York and Los Angeles.
13. Ecologist Kenneth Watt declared, “By the year 2000, if present trends continue, we will be using up crude oil at such a rate…that there won’t be any more crude oil. You’ll drive up to the pump and say, `Fill ‘er up, buddy,’ and he’ll say, `I am very sorry, there isn’t any.’”
Does This Sound Familiar?
The problem for most of us in the middle, is the famous analogy of “THE BOY WHO CRIED WOLF”
When there are a group of people, of scientists, that tell you over and over that the world is ending in only a few short years UNLESS WE DO SOMETHING RIGHT NOW!
Then the world doesn’t end.
These are supposedly the smartest and most educated people on the planet. These scientists keep crying wolf so often that perhaps we are not able to recognize the wolf in sheep’s clothing.
Or perhaps they are still crying wolf because of unknown causes in the environment slow the process and they believe they see the wolf?
Regardless, if the world continues unabated, the wolf WILL eventually show up.
According to the US Energy Information Administration most current statistics the United States is a leader in the world in the production of Renewable Energy.
The US provides 374 Billion Kilowatt hours of electricity through renewable energy infrastructure.
According to the US Energy Information Administration most current statistics China produces 4 times the amount coal than the United States.
Also the EIA statistics show that while the US and China are almost at parity in renewable energy output, the Chinese produce 4 times the coal production of the United States and 81% more coal production than the US, India and Australia combined.
Screaming At The Sky
Is there anything real that we can do to change our environment?
The Answer is yes.
You can make a difference. But you have to do it. You may think that all you do is make an insignificant difference, like a penny toward buying a house.
However if you have 300,000,000 people putting in a penny, every single day, it adds up to a 3 million dollar home in a single day. Times that times multiple pennies per day over multiple years…….
You see where I’m going with this.
So don’t scream at the sky, for some magic to make a difference in you and your child’s life.