The Truth is Still Inconvenient

This post is a little different from what I usually write about. OK, it’s a lot different. This topic is something that has hit home for me though, something I feel very strongly about. I am not trying to tell anyone what to think. I am sharing my understand on the situation based on facts from the documentry ‘Before the Flood’. Any negative comments will be deleted, as this post is coming from a scared yet positive place. I am not interested in a debat on climate science. Thank you inadvance and enjoy.


I have taken snow for granted my whole life. I’ve never enjoyed it, never really appreciated the beauty of it, or the importance of it. I certainly don’t have the appreciation for snow like Lorelei Gilmore did but I do have a new appreciation for it now. I would complain that it’s too cold, it’s too wet, it’s dirty, I can’t drive in it, why can’t it just stay up Norht, way North. But maybe I was too hasty. I suppose it’s true what they say, you only really appreciate something when you can’t have it or it’s gone.

By 2040, that is in my lifetime, you will be able to sail over the North Pole in summer. Just think about that for a moment. Sail over the North Pole.

 

 

Snow acts as sort of like a pause button for rising waters. The cold temperatures freeze the waters, keeping it in place. Cold weather regulatse temperatures all over the world. The cold air moves down from the North Pole (or up from the South Pole depending the way you’re looking at it) through currents. Much like water current, air currents are a thing! The ice caps have been meltings, cause water levels to rise. If the water levels are rising, that means the earth is warming, causing other weather anomolys. Worst hurricanes, more extreme weather patterns such as more snow, less snow, hotter weather, flooding and so on and so on. (Scroll to the bottom of the page to see The Timeline of Earth’s Average Tempature. It’s a good one!)

But recently, as in the past few decades, that pause button hasn’t been on, rather the fast forward button has been on. Mankind has sped up time. My kids, who live in Canada, the great white north as it’s called, may never see snow! They may never experience a snowman, go tobogganing or have a snow balls fights. Think about that for a moment! Canadian kids never seeing snow. People think us Canadian’s live in igloos.

I sat down on the weekend and watch ‘Before The Flood‘ a documentary that Leonardo DiCaprio and National Geographic teamed up on. I was blown away.  As I watched this life altering documentary, I cried. The loss of life, not only human life but animals, plants, dignity. The way we treat this beautiful planet, we should all be ashamed, every single one of us. We only have one Earth, just one! And we are killing it.

There are people out there who do not believe in Global Warming. Maybe they are scared of change and tell themselves it’s not real so they don’t have to face the reality of it. Maybe they haven’t been affected by global warming personality. Maybe it’s because some elected official said ‘No, no, no it doesn’t exist. No need to worry’. Maybe these people just aren’t educated. Whatever the reason, I’m sure they will tell you why Global Warming doesn’t exist to them. But the truth is it might be too late.

Palm Oil. Have you heard of it? Well, you probabbly consume it on a daily basis. It is used in a great many products such as laundry detergent, chips, most processed foods and its used as cooking oil to name a few. In fact, it is among the cheapest cooking oil on the planet to produce.  It has made billion dollar companies into trillion dollar companies. The process to clear the land to so that these HUGE plantations, these companies are burning down rainforests. Yes, burning it down. While the rich get richer, plants are being wiped out and animals are becoming refugees. Now I’m not saying all palm oil is bad, I’m saying the process to go about getting these plantations is terrible.

Take a look at the products you buy, what’s in them? Where do they come from? What’s the packaging made of? Can you recycle it? Do you shop in the middle of the grocery store? If the consumers start asking questions and making demands, comapnies start listening and doing. I’m not saying become a vegan, don’t eat meat, large companies are all bad. No, I’m not saying that at all. I’m saying do the research. Educate yourself. It starts with you.

 

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Photo Credit: World Wildlife Fund

 

I want to live in a world where my kids can have the option to go see polar bears, explore rainforests, hear the sounds of the unicorn whales (narwhal). I want them to know what a coral reef looks like and how much life relys on it.My kids have a very real and terrifying possibility of  never seeing these beautiful places and creations. I don’t want these things to be tales of the past.

“The facts are ice is melting, the earth is warming, sea level is rising. These are the facts. Rather than feeling hopeless and saying ‘Oh my god’, say OK, this is a problem, let’s be realistic, let’s find a way out of it and there are ways out of it.” – Dr. Piers Sellers, Astronaut Director, Earth Sciences Division, NASA/GSFC.

The beauty of our world is something we take for granted. People see money before the future. Let me take a line from the Lorax, I speak for the trees! My daughter is obssesd with this book/movie right now. If you haven’t read it, go to your local library or bookstore and do so.

To make change is scary, but it’s how we grow as a person, a family, a country, a species.

My family does its party in keeping green. We recycle. We watch what we buy – where we buy, is it local? We have a small veggie garden/greenhouse. Walk to as many places as possible, carpool when we can. Eat less beef. Reuse items as much as possible. Just to name a few.

There is technology out there for residential homes to have solar roofs. Not a panel you put on your roof (which yes those are amazing) but solar shingles. How amazing is that! Sadly, these small changes just aren’t enough, yes they help, but it’s not enough.

I am not so nieve to believe that everyone will see things the same way as one person but I am hopeful. I have to believe that positive change will happen in the at least my children’s lifetime. If I didn’t believe, I might as well drive a hummer, leave all the lights on in the house, own a beef ranch and burn the rainforest myself.

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Credit: XKCD – Randall Munroe, a CNU graduate with a degrre in physics. Worked with robots at NASA in the Langley Research Center in Virginia. 

 

* Quotes are from the documentary ‘Before the Flood’, I sadly did not get to interview these brilliant people.

** Facts are from ‘Before the Flood

 

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