The gas guzzling society on this planet has finally done it, there is no chance of stopping or significantly slowing climate change. Yesterday (Tuesday), Antarctica reached 63 degree Fahrenheit. That may not seem like such a big deal, but it really is. Warm air that far south, especially at that temperature, is melting the ice on Antarctica at an alarming rate. The Polar Ice Caps are having similar/worse issues.
We knew, globally, that in 1960, the world’s climate was changing. What happened? Make more cars, burn more oil, stoke the fire. Between 1960 and 1990, most states in the U.S. moved up one planting zone. They are predicting that New York state will be in Zone 7-8 by the year 2050. That’s extremely drastic. Even plants can’t keep up with that pace.
Yet, as this happens, 100’s of articles exist in social media (where the youth of the world gets their information) saying that the world is “greener” than it was ten years ago and that deforestation is okay because forests are growing “somewhere else”, not that they tell you where those forests are. On top of that, many kids, including myself for a while, thought that climate change was just some big joke that was made up to get Liberals into political positions. Unfortunately, whether your liberal or conservative (I have no political affiliation now), you cannot deny that climate change is happening. However, people and kids, my age too, are ignoring it, still citing it as a political ploy.
People are saying “Global warming can’t be real, it’s been colder than ever here!”. No it hasn’t. On average it has been almost 5 degrees warmer, all winter, in Michigan. Yes we had some super cold moments, but they were only moments. We didn’t have weeks and weeks of -20 degrees, we had one or two days. Most of the time it was 10-20 degrees out, which is warmer than it has been since they started recording this stuff.
Anyway, what I’m coming to terms with is, it’s just too late to do anything. I will still plant trees, I will still use less gas and I will still try to get petroleum out of my life, but unless everyone does it, it won’t make much of a difference. At this point, it’s for my own satisfaction. I do not have the power, certifications, degrees and knowledge to make it possible for me to influence people on a global scale (not that anyone has succeeded at that anyway). So I will continue to live in the way that seems the best to me and we’ll adjust as things change. Shifting a couple zones in my lifetime isn’t such a big deal, although I worry about what will happen to those that come after me (or my kids if we get any). I’ll do my part at least.
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