Thursday, October 15, 2009

Blog Action Day - Climate Change


Today is Blog Action Day (www.blogactionday.org) where bloggers around the world were asked to raise awareness about climate change. I participated last year where the topic was poverty so when I was reminded about it this year (they send out reminders so we don't have to remember - very helpful for us spaceshots with chemo brain) I was quick to reply yes. I wasn't really sure about what I would write but thought I would figure it out sooner or later. Well, it was later.

Yesterday they reminded me again and I decided it was time to figure out what to write. I couldn't think of anything. I am not a scientist or economist who can make all sorts of predictions or write authoritatively about anything hard core. Nor do I read enough about it to really be that educated. I know the polar bears are losing their ice floes and I know the northern passage has opened so cruise ships are showing up in northern Alaska. But I don't know about ozone holes and rising sea levels and their impact on the world economies and peoples and that sort of stuff.

Last night, while my back hurt and prevented me from sleeping, I started thinking about it. My thoughts on climate change awareness are that its not about us, meaning those of us who are here now, its about them, meaning the future generations. We want them to have a nice green planet to live in. We are all urged to do our share to protect the environment and reduce emissions - don't litter, recycle, shut off idling vehicles, walk to your errands and school - and we are getting better at it. There is still room for improvement as we aren't there yet but the point is we are trying.

Last year, in the midst of some medical issue, I ended up at the hospital WITHOUT A BOOK TO READ and was in a magazine free area. This is a very traumatic situation and happened to me once before. (Usually I bring something to read because it magically prevents long wait times.) In both cases when I was bookless, I asked the staff if they had any magazines I could borrow. Both times, I was provided with old copies of National Geographic. The one I was given last year was from the 1980's and talked about climate change and global warming and was full of cool pictures and dire warnings. I was struck by how much was predicted actually had happened - even with my uneducated brain. It didn't go away in the 20 years, the ice caps are melting, storms are worse, global temperatures are rising, etc.

So I guess my point is if they were mostly right 20 years ago, they are probably mostly right now and we should pay attention to the warnings and do our part to help out as much as we can. We want to leave a nice green planet to future generations.

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