When I was about 10 years old I started reading about the Earth. It was around this time in my life that I learnt about “global warming” (or what I now refer to as “Climate Change”) and that the Sun had an expiry date. I’ll be honest, learning that the Sun would at some point explode and engulf our solar system really scared me. Thankfully, I realised that it probably wouldn’t happen in my lifetime or even in the lifetime of my great grandchildren.
I wish I could say the same thing about Climate Change.
I understand that when I start conversations about the problems we face as a species some people just don’t want to dwell on something that sounds so big and completely out of our control because that’s exactly how I felt when I was 10 and first started putting 2 and 2 together.
As each year goes by, more and more evidence that supports this ‘theory’ of climate change is being released:
- The World Meteorlogical Organization released a 10 year Climate Report (2001-2010) indicating that, even though the study was quite short, “…[climate scientists] increasingly conclude that many recent events would have occurred in a different way – or would not have occurred at all – in the absence of climate change”
- This study, undertaken by the University of Queensland in conjunction with Skeptical Science analysed data from the year I was born up until 2 years ago! It is seen as the most comprehensive survey on global warming ever done.
- I’ve also seen many videos where scientists from the 70’s talk of approximately 30 years of noticeably erratic weather (unfortunately I can’t find the resources – but feel free to do your own digging).
When will the evidence be enough to convince the masses of this urgent problem? No matter what I do to fix this problem, as long as there are people out there mining for coal and oil, burning massive amounts of fossil fuels and creating tonnes of waste that end up in land fills every day – there will still be this threat of global warming. Waiting another 20 years for more research to more or less prove this phenomena even more is illogical.
I’m not saying that we should all just change our lives overnight… I still use fossil fuels on a day-to-day basis because I know no different, but you know what? At least I’m conscious of it and take care with how much I use. Any little thing makes a difference, because the more people who do something instead of doing nothing will put pressure on the powers that be to also do something.
Here are some links to get you started:
- https://www.1millionwomen.com.au/ “A campaign of daughters, mothers, sisters and grandmothers – Committed to protecting our climate, our communities and our future, leading change for the better. Our goal is to inspire 1 million Australian women to take practical action on climate change by cutting 1 million tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2), the main greenhouse pollutant causing global warming.”
- http://www.filmsforaction.org/watch/edible_city_grow_the_revolution_2012/ A feel good movie about what other people are doing to reduce their carbon footprint while also supplying jobs and food for low socio-economic groups.
- http://www.nativebox.com.au/getthebox.aspx A fun way to get a taste for eco-friendly products. Sign up for a monthly, quarterly or yearly subscription and receive a box with samples of great Australian eco-friendly products.
- http://www.psychology.org.au/publications/tip_sheets/climate/ This website helps people deal with the overwhelming feelings that may surface after learning of these issues. It also has some helpful tips to get people started on reducing their carbon footprint.
- http://sustainability.georgetown.edu/getinvolved/thingsyoucando/ Some easy things that you can do today to reduce your carbon footprint.
I feel like a broken record on this issue but I won’t be quiet until we make some real progress. In closing, I’d like to leave a video of this young girl, who is probably the same age as me when I learnt of global warming in the first place but more well spoken – she probably says it better in 5 minutes that I have for the last 11 years.