The following was written by a friend of mine. I include it unedited and in toto:
by Noreen Hulteen
As this is the week after the world-wide march to protest the danger to the world due to using carbon-based fuels, I thought this would be an opportunity to write a paper on the subject. Thank you protesters.
First, my objective:
If I am wrong in my presentation of scientific conclusions, and the climate-change deniers are right, then the steps needed to alleviate the damage to the earth will only ensure that the non-renewable energy sources will last much longer. Making the changes will not make things worse. It will require that our leaders find creative ways to sustain our civilization while keeping the earth clean.
If I am right in my presentation of the seriousness of Global Climate change, and steps are NOT taken to halt the damage to our earth, then there will be another mass die-off of earth’s creatures — including the human race.
So allow me to discuss some of the potential disasters that can seal our fate.Thisis not just fear tactics. It is fact that our planet cannot sustain our present use of carbon fuel and survive. First, just a little boring data:
The continued use of carbon-based fuels creates a measurable increase in the amount of Carbon Dioxide (CO2) in our atmosphere. This is has been scientifically measured to determine amounts of CO2 concentrations for past eons by extracting ice cores from the polar ice. Each layer of ice contains a measurable amount of CO2. There have been periods when the amount of CO2 points clearly to the climate conditions at that time. There were 7,000 parts per million (ppm) during the very hot Cambrian Period, and only 180 ppm during the Ice Age. There has been a steady increase since the dawn of the Industrial Revolution. The amount has gradually increased from 280 ppm to 395 ppm. The amount we now have may be the highest in 800,000 years. (or longer) On May 10, 2013, for the first time, 400 ppm were recorded on Mauna Loa. (I know, really boring — but needed information)
We all can recognize the change. Average annual world temperatures are higher by just a little every year. Summer 2013 was the warmest world temperature average ever recorded. We are experiencing increases in floods, storms, and we can see the polar ice caps melting. Pieces have always broken away (ice bergs) but the sea ice used to return to rebuild the ice caps. They are receding, but not growing back to their original size. Glaciers are receding everywhere.
There are climate change deniers who state that warming and cooling earth is normal and cyclical. That is, in fact, true. But historically there was a cause and effect. Although man was not around to record such activity, we know that they did happen. Huge volcanic eruptions, collision with enormous meteors, could, and would, cause changes in the weather everywhere on earth. What has not happened before is a human population of over 7 billion people who all want to burn carbon-based fuel for energy. We cannot be certain when this will become the disaster we cannot live with, but it is certain that it will.
Theoceans are getting warmer. Oceanic creatures are moving into cooler waters and are seen where they were never seen before. The most serious thing that can happen is, with water that is too warm, it is not just reefs that will die, where many sea creatures start their life cycle, but plankton will die. Plankton is the basic start of the food chain. If it goes, we all go.
In the USA foodis grown on mono culture farms (single crop on massive plots of land), and is shipped all over the world. Planes, trains and trucks clog our highways with crops going from big Agra business farms to the factory for processing. “Buy local food” may become much more than a marketing slogan, it may become the means of survival.
One example: In order to keep the profit margin high for major chicken producers, chickens raised in USA are shipped to China. There they are processed, and packed for market.Then they are shipped back to Markets in USA. The energy that fuels the vehicles from the US farm to US shore to the Chinese factory and back again is just not sustainable
Manufactured items are made any place in the world where labor is cheap. It isn’t JUST the loss of jobs that matter, it is also the highcost of the fuel to carry the materials around and goods to market. Did you ever think about how many different factories make parts for major appliances and automobiles? Even when you buy American, you may be getting a vehicle assembled from parts all over the world.
Do you check the labels of things you buy? Distributed by [USA name and address] does NOT mean that it is made there. It is just a ruse to cover up the “Made in [somewhere else] ” truth.
Things that need to be done:
Vastly reduce the amount of carbon based fuel pulled from the earth. It doesn’t matter whether we burn oil, coal, corn, or garbage. We must agree to use less.
Do not assume that using electricity is better than using gasoline. Something has to be burned somewhere to create electricity, I am sorry, but only a miniscule amount is made by wind and water turbines.
Begin to figure out how you can use things grown and or manufactured locally. Grow and make your own if you can. Reuse and recycle. Walk and/or ride a bicycle.