Naturally, I get into discussions with friends about what I think about “Global Warming,” and other such environmental issues. The problem is, I typically suck at trying to make a point that is more complex than a simple yes or no whilst talking, and anyway, when listening, it seems to be hard for people to hold the whole position in their head.
So I ended up writing a “point paper” on my thoughts so far (and this is an important point on its own–I always am reevaluating with the information that I get, I don’t believe I know everything, and I’m not just attached to one position forever), that I could whip out and let people read through, so that I could say what I needed to say, before anybody gets hung up on the just the first or second points (which in relationship to each other may seem contradictory at first glance), and emailed it to a couple of friends, with the intent of putting it up here sometime.
So here it is:
A summary of my beliefs on Global Climate Change (sometimes now known as “Global Warming”) at this time, based on the evidence I’ve been presented and the experience I’ve had.
Global Climate Change (GCC) happening?
– We don’t know how, or how much we have influenced GCC.
– Maybe we’ve sped it up
– Maybe we’ve slowed it down
Part of natural cycle?
– Ice ages, anyone?
– Can we stop the cycle?
— Not in short run. But nothing is impossible.
– Should we?
— PROBABLY NOT
– Disaster/Crises mindset
— Drop it!
– Best mindset
– Realize that this is part of a natural cycle; a grand turning of seasons. Nobody freaks out about Wet/Dry seasons, or Spring/Summer/Fall/Winter, and nobody should freak out about GCC. Just prepare sensibly, but on a longer time scale.
– Lack of human causation of GCC is not an excuse to not prepare
– Lack of human causation of GCC is not an excuse to continue to use inefficient fuel/power sources
– Lack of human causation of GCC is not an excuse to continue to pollute
— Chemical (e.g. Acid mine drainage)
— Biological (e.g. Homones in food, water system)
Alas, the formatting didn’t carry over very well… but as you can see, I don’t ascribe to either/or thinking in this, and I don’t, typically, in everything else in life. For instance, I don’t think that CO2 is the most pernicious thing going on, but rather, the pollution in our environment from all the other sources.
I think that power and energy generation should come from efficient, renewable sources, whether or not Global Warming or Cooling or whatever is the result. Living in harmony and using tech responsibly will be the key to the human species continuing to exist and thrive, and continue expanding to the stars.
Just a thought.