It is daytime and I am getting this done in the morning.
So anyway, it is getting warmer at the moment. Sure, we’re near the end of our winter, but this feels unseasonably warm. Concerns abound and all that stuff. Perhaps it is time that there is more attention paid to the things that we do and the impacts that they have. There’s a lot of science and research available on those things and a lot of it is not behind a paywall of sorts, so perhaps more people should check this stuff out. See what information there is and work out what they base their beliefs on and how the research conflicts with that and all that stuff.
When I went through my undergrad degree there was a lot of stuff on climate change which annoyed me as I understood that there was an impact from our actions already. I understood that we can turn this around and make things better for both the planet and ourselves. However, at the same time, seeing the research (or at least parts of it) and seeing how the data is collected and studied to work out what it can reveal goes a great distance; well, not always, but usually. Sometimes the data reveals things you weren’t expecting and sometimes it reveals things you were expecting. There are a lot of things between, but at the end of the day research helps us better understand stuff and make decisions more informed by that understanding.
I hate being sensationalist, but the fact is that we’re at a rather critical juncture in our history. We’re at a point where we can start making changes in our lives that better benefit ourselves and our communities and the world as a whole. We can take on some things that are slight inconveniences that, ultimately, won’t affect our going about that much, but will have a greater, positive impact on our lives. We can choose to do this, or we can be forced into a situation where we have no choice but to take on some pretty significant inconveniences due to our continued inaction.
This isn’t just a people problem. This isn’t just a personal responsibility thing. It is not just a person issue. We also need to look at corporate structure and industrial activity. A lot of that can also be turned around. There needs to be some sort of accountability that matters.
The problem is big, but one person can make a difference. More people doing things can have influence others and in turn build a stronger movement toward change. Corporations can be changed and shifted, and policy can be guided by the will of the people.
What’s the worst that happens when it comes to building a better tomorrow? Say that climate change driven by human impact turns out to be a big fat hoax and we did all this work, making our environment cleaner and healthier and then nothing comes of it?
Well, at least everything is cleaner, healthier and our overall standard of living improves. But apparently that’s too fucking much to ask for some.