It feels as though every time America sends our top folks to climate talks, we wind up being the villains in the most popular speeches. This time we actually have something to talk about. While every major news network raved about the first lady’s dress, our President most probably secured the most significant agreements with China and India. That’s right, for those of us who believe in pragmatic science, our nation might finally be kicking man made climate change.
I am 29 soon to be 30 years old. I have believed in global warming since I was 11 years old, and it wasn’t programmed. My parents are conservatives who encouraged me to read real science, because I was interested, and it didn’t take long before I came to the conclusion we were in trouble. Over the next 18 years I witnessed the proofs for the most terrifying hypothesis. I think a lot of us have. Five years ago, just three years after moving to New York City, I was able to experience a 68 degree New Years roof top celebration. It’s December, and it was almost 60 degrees the other day.
My home state of Maine has seen serious changes since my childhood as well, but what I want to convey isn’t panic, it’s hope.
Our president is the first in US history to actually doing something significant about this issue. It isn’t enough, but it is such a stark change it fills me with hope. Our country has been kicked in the nuts by it’s own financial policies, but that doesn’t change what we face. A few climate change scientists sent each other terribly unprofessional emails, they admitted to glossing over difficult data, but under no pragmatic review did they discredit a plethora of convincing data. The acts of those dozens of scientists makes me as angry as anyone, but that doesn’t change the principles of science. It makes them more important. Politically, we are fortunate in this nation to have such a swell constitution to protect our rights, but the whole world is equally fortunate to have the principals of science, born from the middle east, and beautifully pragmatic after more than a thousand years to protect our well being.
Many generations ago, people died or were imprisoned for these principals of logic, and they are humanity’s last hope. Our modern age may complicate the mater with media and politics, but those same two elements empower all of us to influence the outcome. Today the EPA took a major step in pinpointing dangerous elements amongst our energy policy, but it’s up to all of us to pressure congress to follow suit. This is democracy for a reason, we need to contribute because if we aren’t willing, we aren’t deserving. That’s the flip side of having a voice, you need to use it now more than ever.
Don’t take my word for it. Go and look at the science. Take a simple look at the weather in the world. Just google a country and look at the last 300 years. Look at the last 1300 years. Use your common sense. Take a look at the ice caps melt in stop motion, or take a minute and think what the weather was growing up, and how your parents described it as they grew up.
That’s why you should, if you believe as such, spend two minutes (click here) and find the email address of your representative in congress and tell them you are paying attention. Tell them you believe clear policy changes in regards of dangerous emissions is needed to support a change toward renewable resources and more efficient energy, and that come re-election time you will remember how they act.
We have been here again and again. We need to wise up. Look at history, and stop being it’s victim.
Heck, just write the president. Tell him to earn that Nobel in Copenhagen by skipping his speech and staking his political cash on our nation’s future with a global agreement in Copenhagen..