What if the skeptics and some right-wingers are correct in that global warming is a myth and while the earth may be getting a few degrees warmer over the next couple of years, it is nothing to worry about? It’s just natural and things will turn around eventually? Could it be that we have been duped into thinking that climate change is a real event as a means to scare the crap out of us? What if the facts about global warming are just made up?
Sure, I suppose it could be all a ruse to get us worried about yet another catastrophic event that might take us out – like terrorism or H1N1. It could be a story made up by certain individuals to help them make money. It could be from a number of sources. It could be coming from me on a daily basis.
But you know what? I wouldn’t care. Because the underlying message behind the movement is that we need to clean up our act. Fast. We need to stop polluting and filling our atmosphere with toxic gases. We need to start using the energy of the sun (which delivers enough energy in one minute to supply the world’s energy needs for one year) to power our ridiculously huge McMansions, our backyard Olympic sized swimming pools, and the outdoor lights we leave on all night to keep away the “bad guys”. We need electric cars that can work for most people and can be “refueled” in ten minutes.
I wouldn’t care if global warming was a hoax. Because it is making people move, to think about it, to do something – people are starting to take an interest in the environment around them. They are starting to see that maybe it is not such a good thing to buy that giant house, spend thousands to heat and air condition it, and drive to work by themselves in a giant 8-seater truck. Or to feed their kids food that was covered in pesticide just a few short days before it arrived in the home. Or to toss everything in the trash to be taken away when in fact there is no such thing as “away”. In case anyone forgot, we live here – there isn’t anywhere else we can go once we deplete all that this planet has to offer us.
Let them keep scaring people with it if it is not real. Let me keep scaring people if it’s not real. People are getting it now, the earth is important; it is the only place we have to live and we have to take care of it. Breathing in noxious fumes from coal-fired power plants is not a good idea, so why don’t we clean them up?
Even if it is a hoax, cleaning up our act is the right thing to do. Next time someone tells you that global warming is a myth, just tell them that.
Besides, science says it is happening…
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