I am a long-time Futurist, and technologist. In my career, I have spanned the birth of personal computers, to the rise of Cloud Computing.
Climate change is a massive problem, what can I do?
The concept and application of climate change are natural; Climate change frequently happens as part of the natural progression. I understand people not wanting to believe that the current human impact is an abnormal climate change risk. Yes, climate change is a normal ecological process. However, I want to point out that it becomes a lot more dangerous when we start getting into the extremes of greenhouse gases produced currently. There is a difference between what is simply the ecology of the planet and the reality of radical climate change. We are generating CO2 at a rate that this planet hasn't seen for more than 800,000 years. That's what the current polar ice studies are finding. Climate change is as extreme as the weather of our modern world has happened before. It has been a lot worse. But, we have to be careful. At the other end of that denial, the pole is the reality of mass extinctions. There were cycles of volcanic eruptions that caused massive climate change in the past. Many believe that the climate change caused by a meteor hitting Yucatán, Mexico, killed the dinosaurs. Others believe that the massive Siberian Volcanic eruption of 60 million years ago killed the dinosaurs. Either way, it was the massive presence of greenhouse gasses,
The reality is scary. To borrow from William Shakespeare, I come not to praise climate change. I find little I can praise. The reality of what is happening around me is scary. The answer might be right in front of us. What if we each committed to reducing our CO2 output by 5% a year in the year 2022. By the way, if you're interested, just installing solar power on your roof will reduce your carbon impact by more than 10%. But for now, let's each take 5%. Because there are so many things that we can do to meet that 5% goal, you can drive 5% less. You know the next time you're at home, it's a Saturday and you suddenly well had to have an ice cream Sundae? Don't get in the car and drive to the ice cream shop. Ride your bike instead. Or walk to the ice cream shop!. You cut out 5% of the total trips in your car, and you will reduce your carbon output by around 2%. Put solar power on your roof, and you to be closer to 4%. Of course, you do, in fairness, have to define the carbon saved by solar power amongst all the members of your family there living at home, but that gives you a head start on a 5% goal.
If we all cut by 5% the world will start to heal!
In his inaugural speech John Fitzgerald Kennedy, more commonly known as JFK, posed a question. He said, ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country. What is quite simple is what we can all do. As part of the Paris climate accord, America has agreed to reduce greenhouse emissions by 5% per year. It's not that hard for each of us to reduce our CO2 output by 5%. So the answer is we can all do something. We can drive our cars less. I know I have been very guilty of overdriving. I have set in the year's resolution to reduce the number of miles I drive. That means that when I go to Washington DC now, I'm going to take the Metro. I'm no longer going to drive to downtown DC. I will use public transportation to reduce my reliance on driving wherever possible. I understand there are many places; however, they do not have good public transportation systems, so maybe reducing driving, you'll have to come up with another method. You could put a wind turbine in your backyard or solar power on your roof. Those two will reduce your carbon requirements the year.
Another thing you can make the one significant impact is to put the recycling out every week when your county or local organizations pick up recycling. That's not going to do your 5%, but that gets you starting. In the words of the wonderful movie Mary Poppins, and the title character Mary Poppins sometimes well begun, is half done. There are other ways to reduce the effect of that damage you are doing as a human being. The wind is solar power created nearly infinite resource like solar power can consume your house. When it costs more and more and more money to clean up the water to make it safer for drinking, we have to think about that. You see, the ecological damage of water purification is not significant compared to, say, automobiles or airplanes. Airplanes and cars pollute a lot. Sadly many cars commute to work with only one person. Another way you can reduce your impact on the earth, carpool to work! You can have four people in your car (carpool) that reduces the impact of your daily commute by more than 70%. Or ride public transportation, and that impact goes down even further!
Hey, and by paraphrasing JFK's inaugural speech. I'm going to end with the following it's not about what the world can do; it's about what you can do to impact the world. Every small change we make will make the world's ecology a better place. If we all commit to a 5% CO2 reduction over the next two years, the impact on climate change will be small. It will be virtually nonexistent because of the amount of damage already done. But discussion about an immediate fix. The time of an immediate fix, unfortunately, is 80 years ago. Now is the time to implement the change we need to implement before it's too late. So the call to arms as not what planet Earth can do for you is to ask what can I do to reduce my CO2!
Simply put if we all pitch in, this will go a lot faster. Join the 5% challenge and reduce your carbon output by 5%!
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