How Far Away is Catastrophe?

 

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THE LATEST SCIENCE REPORTS

“Climate change is the canvas on which the history of the 21st century will be painted.”

 Mark Lynas, writing in “Six Degrees: Our Future on a Hotter Planet.”

I’ve read stories about the most recent findings regarding climate change in many venues today.  (I am linking here to the BBC story because I found it contained a lot of good information, but it would be very easy to check multiple sites for the information.)  Scientists and researchers who study climate are warning of a climate catastrophe if nothing is done. There are those who still deny all of the scientific evidence. Our government has recently rolled back protections on our environment.  Many have denied scientific findings in the past and been proven wrong. Galileo was excommunicated from the church for his scientific findings, but he was found to be correct.  Me?  I believe the science.

Warnings of catastrophic consequences due to global warming and environmental changes are not new, but the date they have given for a dire impact is. And it hit me hard. 2030.   How old will your, your children, and your grandchildren be that year? I did the math for my family…

In 2030:
I will be 77
Dani will be 61
Laura will be 53
Travis will be 49
Ashley will be 44
Brittni will be 42
Chelsea will be 40
Kate will be 31
Megan will be 28
Chapin will be 27
Lydan will be 25
Samantha will be 25
Alyanna will be 23
Caydence will be 21
Lily will be 19
Cassidy will be 15

Who knows, I may not see it. But my loved ones will. I pray that we take this seriously and live up to our responsibility to do something so that they can all live long, healthy lives. Doing something now says that we believe these young people are worth caring about and saving. If the climate change science is right, we can save lives. If it is wrong, we will have a cleaner environment and we will not have harmed the future by doing better for our planet. Are you willing to risk your children’s lives?

THE FIRST STEP (as always) EDUCATE YOURSELF

HERE ARE SOME SHORT READS:

1 SHORT STORY FROM RAY BRADBURY – “All Summer in a Day” – A story that had an impact on me years ago that I first read in a literature anthology when I began teaching.

http://staff.esuhsd.org/danielle/English%20Department%20LVillage/RT/Short%20Stories/All%20Summer%20in%20a%20Day.pdf

2 MAGAZINE ARTICLES THAT SHOULD HIT HOME TO MANY LIVING NEAR ME.  THEY ARE ABOUT THE IMPACT BEING FELT RIGHT NOW ON ISLANDS IN THE CHESAPEAKE BAY.

https://www.newyorker.com/news/dispatch/tangier-the-sinking-island-in-the-chesapeake

https://www.nationalgeographic.com/environment/2018/09/climate-change-rising-seas-tangier-island-chesapeake-book-talk/

10ish BOOKS ABOUT CLIMATE SCIENCE including one novel that illustrates the impact. 

  • Chesapeake Requiem:  A Year with the Watermen of Vanishing Tangier Island by Earl Swift
  • Six Degrees by Mark Lynas
  • This Changes Everything:  Capitalism vs The Climate by Naomi Klien
  • Hot, Flat, and Crowded by Thomas L. Friedman
  • Flight a novel by Barbara Kingsolver
  • The Age of Sustainable Development by Jeffrey D. Sachs
  • Comfortably Unaware by Richard Oppenlander
  • The Sixth Extinction  and  Field Notes from a Catastrophe by Elizabeth Kolbert
  • Rising:  Dispatches from the New American Shore by Elizabeth Rush
  • Climate Justice by Mary Robinson

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