I've recently started to read Hot, Flat, and Crowded: Why We Need a Green Revolution--and How It Can Renew America a book by Thomas Friedman (originally published in 2008) and watched Al Gore's first movie, An Inconvenient Truth, first released in 2006. In both mediums, indisputable scientific evidence is simply conveyed to the audience on the effects of global warming and it's shocking.
What the human race and industrialized nations (particularly the United States) have done to contribute to the global dilemma is exponentially worse than the measures taken to counteract the imbalance. The naysayers and deniers can not and should not continue to ignore the now numerous elephants in the room.
In the wake of recent Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, now Jose and Maria, it is not difficult to see the real effects of climate change and global warming. And it is scary. In fact, it really hits home for me when I see the affect that climate change has on places that I've been to or still must visit. And sadly, I may not get to places before climate change takes it toll. Places like Antarctica where recently a huge ice shelf broke off (sooner than expected) and Greenland where scientists are seeing one of the largest ice sheets melt away are just examples of places that will never be the same because of the drastic changes to the globally important landscape. And the effects of these changes are global.
Until now, I've subconsciously been doing little things: recycling, managing my thermostat, used compact fluorescent lightbulbs, use mass transit / public transportation. But now I'm making more a conscious effort to do better.
We've been doing our part in reducing our carbon emissions by:
- walking or biking to as many places as possible, reducing the amount of time our car runs burning fossil fuels
- telecommute for work
- eating organic
- eating a low carbon diet (less meat, more chicken / vegetables)
- planted our own herbs (vegetables are next)
- hang drying clothes
- and informing you all, my subscribers and readers, to do your part in helping curb global warming and reducing the effects of climate change
What have YOU done to make an impact? If you need some ideas take a look at this website. And here's one for your kids provided by NASA.
And check / calculate your carbon footprint here. Globally we're at a whopping 405ppm, which is staggering considering CO2 levels have been sub-300ppm (for 650,000 years) previous to 1950 when it started to skyrocket.
I'm planning to watch Al Gore's newest release, An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power to get an updated view on what he and his team have tracked over the past 11 years. And then I'm going to look into getting one of these. But in the meantime, I will continue to be #climateconscious and take steps in the proper direction.