Who receives more publicity and name recognition in 2016 than sports figures or candidates for the coming US election? Are prominent people covered by media paying enough attention to our collective future? When has Earth been so stressed by weather events as in the present century?
The September 1994 Spanish ADVENIAT newspaper from San Antonio carried a headline:
“WHAT IF EARTH BECOMES UNINHABITABLE?” (Que pasará si la tierra no fuera habitabile?)
Elected officials from North Carolina and Florida have passed laws against scary words. They have scrubbed use of climate change, global warming or any such terms that hint of impending environmental problems.
Louisiana Attorney General Buddy Caldwell said, “Carbon dioxide is not poison. It’s something we breathe out” in a Washington DC session on EPA emissions rule (ADVOCATE, April 17, 15). How blind can some officials be when the subject is burning fossil fuels?
Two reflective individuals were trying to gain our attention over one century ago. Svante August Arrhenius (1859-1927) is the Swedish founder of physical chemistry who cautioned in the 1890’s our unrestricted burning of fossil fuels will eventually wreak havoc on Earth.
George Perkins Marsh (1801-1882) could be considered the first US “conservationist.” In 1847, he predicted there would be human-induced climate change. John Muir (1838-1914) founded the Sierra Club which remains the largest conservationist group in the USA with 700,000 members.
Espen Stoknes recently wrote What We Think About When We Try Not To Think About Global Warming. The book is a psychological examination of our response to a historical certainty as Earth heats up.
May 6, 2015 instruments in the Mauna Loa laboratory in Hawaii indicated carbon dioxide emissions surpassed 400 ppm (parts per million) for one entire month in 2015, also the warmest year in history.
Over 400 glaciers are melting away globally. Not least, warming, acidification, plastic pollution (please visit www.5gyres.org for more info on plastic pollution) and rising levels, now certain and observed, are measured in our ocean. Scientific conclusions among 97% of researchers are still being challenged by increasing resistance on the part of obtuse elected officials and corporate CEO’s in the 21st century.
Ironically, the Pentagon issued a report on February 25, 2004 warning that “global warming is a greater threat than terrorism.” When the world’s largest naval base in Norfolk, VA is being enveloped by a rising, warming Atlantic, Defense Department leaders quickly perceived a global security issue.
Will we pay attention to conservationist prophets, or chose to live like the last generation by our refusal to progress in non-carbon, renewable energy sources? The prophet’s responsibility is “to give them a warning.” (Ezekiel 3:16) Were not weather events of 2015 nature’s stern warnings?
2015 was another dramatic, costly, climate revelation to all who are visiting Earth.