Global Warming: Kinda Scary? Yeah, Kinda Scary...
I read a piece by the associated press on Yahoo.com about global warming. The article was simultaneously terrifying and hopeful, stating that
Since Clinton's inauguration, summer Arctic sea ice has lost the equivalent of Alaska, California and Texas. The 10 hottest years on record have occurred since Clinton's second inauguration. Global warming is accelerating. Time is close to running out, and Obama knows it.
I trust, perhaps foolishly that President-Elect Obama will act swiftly on this issue even amidst a global financial crisis. This may come off as extremely idealistic but I think that Obama's economic plan itself will act to create jobs and an economy built on the sustainable use of energy. And also in institutions concerned with the creation of that sustainable source of energy. I sincerely hope that the President-Elect and his cabinet, congress, and the House of Representatives, will act swiftly in enacting the President-Elect's proposed economic and ultimately environmental plan.
We are truly at a crossroad in human history, the massive damage that could be exacted upon our civilization by Global Warming would fundamentally alter the world as we know it. Social institutions, economy, government, international relations, would be completely changed, we are truly on the brink of a new era. To make matters worse, we are at a crucial tipping point:
U.S. emissions have increased by 20 percent since 1992. China has more than doubled its carbon dioxide pollution in that time. World carbon dioxide emissions have grown faster than scientists' worst-case scenarios. Methane, the next most potent greenhouse gas, suddenly is on the rise again and scientists fear that vast amounts of the trapped gas will escape from thawing Arctic permafrost.
That statistic is just extremely frightening to me, no matter what we do it seems, we are bound for great change ecologically in our world. I am somewhat disenfranchised that I am the age I am in this time of great need in the world. Not that I could necessarily help, it just seems like the changes that are going on now in environmental policy and economic policy will most greatly affect my future, not the future of the politicians that are making these choices. I can not help being anxious about my future, will there be war? I would say it is extremely likely massive occurrences of war will take place as a result of extensive environmental damage. Will I have the opportunity to live out my dreams? I would say that it is unlikely, but I don't like to be too pessimistic. I can only hope that I will, and that starts with living my life a day at a time and not worrying about the terrible future that will probably be endemic in my life. I wish I could move people to advocacy but I feel as though advocacy really can't accomplish that much in this issue. Call me a fatalist I suppose.