Some final thoughts. On my way home from Puerto Rico, I watched the movie An Inconvenient Sequel, released 10 years after Al Gore’s, An Inconvenient Truth. You truly get the idea what a champion he is for the planet. The movie follows him as he goes to the Paris Climate Accords and to Greenland where you can see active melting of the glaciers. He is the right person to spread the word about global warming. He’s informed, articulate, knowledgable, and has clout around the world. He was a major player in getting India to lean towards Solar and Wind power instead of building more coal plants. China is now also a major solar/wind player as well.
Last year, 2017, was a horrible year for natural disasters. Winds in California drove horrible wildfires, several hurricanes affecting the Caribbean and Florida, massive flooding in Houston. It never seemed to end. 1 in 100, 500, 1000 year events. It was the first time I thought to myself….we’re losing the battle…to protect the planet…and seriously, survive.
Heck, on today’s morning news there was a story about the North Pole being 50 degrees above normal at 43 degrees. Wow. No doubt the planet is heating up. There is an unusual wicked Nor’easter passing along the East Coast as I write. Winds with gusts up to 50-60mph. What is going on?
When I first started going on disaster relief assignments following Hurricane Katrina in 2005, there just weren’t that many to “choose” from. It’s not an easy thing to align your life and available time to coordinate with a natural disaster. With the Red Cross, I need to leave within 24 hours once I make myself available. I have a little more flexibility with All Hands. Lately it seems they have 5-10 projects going at a time. I can pick one. Sheesh. Last year I could see Red Cross volunteers jumping from one deployment to the next to keep up with the need for help. Volunteering for months at a time rather than the usual 2 weeks. The demand was higher than the supply of volunteers.
It is seriously disturbing to have a choice of disasters that I can support. And very alarming the rate at which these disasters are happening. I am more than a little worried about future generations and this apocalyptic looking future. The only thing we can do as those living and taking care of the planet is become active in making this stop. I’m not sure everyone understands how. I’m not sure I understand how. Some thoughts:
- Reduce your consumption…of everything! Clothing, paper goods, you name it. Buy used goods and clothes, recycle everything you can. This stops production and carbon output.
- Turn your thermometers up or down more. There was a time when there was no air conditioning and heat was from the wood stove! Again…reduce your consumption.
- Switch you electric bill to Wind and Solar with companies like Clean Choice Energy. We’ve already seen some funky happenings with the power grids on the east coast, as have the airlines.
- Buy hybrid or electric vehicles. ASAP! Heck, in 15 years you may not be able to buy a gas vehicle. Yay!.
I could go on. The message is THINK! How is what I am doing today affecting the planet for tomorrow? Actively, responsibly make changes in how you consume and live your life. Think about the next disaster and how you could be affected!