Our news and radio waves have featured multitudes of arguments over whether global warming/cooling is caused by human activities or by natural events in our solar system. As per usual, the juveniles amongst us, most of whom control media, have set up this consideration in the all too familiar structural framework of whose team wins. We all know it, were trained within it as high schoolers at football games, and with which we continue to function as children in adult bodies: who is the winning team? Reds versus blues, science versus religion, girls versus boys, etc., etc., blah blah boring.
We should all be aware and savvy enough by now to know that there are many who exploit panic for profit. That is a given. Yes, some have, indeed, selfishly positioned themselves to profit from carbon emissions reductions and the like. Anybody who has done their own research by now knows that Al Gore, Mr. Non-Integrity, positioned himself on the board of the carbon emissions trading commission to line his pockets with the gold of hysteria even before he went out on stage to present his global warming message.
The issue here is to divorce the messenger from the message. Al Gore ought to be stripped of any ability to profit from his message, just like any other criminal. It is criminal for someone to abuse a position of influence in such a way. That is the nature of the incestuous relationship between business and politics at the moment and that does need to change. However, this is where we need to start exercising our higher discerning capacities.
The messenger himself is a low-life, influence-peddling profiteer, agreed.
The message itself, however, cannot be dismissed. We are, in fact, in serious trouble.
Science is proving that our tiny planet is, indeed, changing. Some places are unusually colder, some places warmer, some places experiencing more flooding, some more dryness. Many know these changes are occurring at a much faster pace than all of those limited scientists in their white lab coats anticipated. We cannot waste time arguing whether it is snowing more in our individual communities than normal. We MUST step back and look at our situation in a much more holistic manner.
Our satellite photos reveal extreme diminishment of our polar ice caps and inland glaciers, our marine biologists document the increasing appearance of tropical fish in northern climes and temperature analyses demonstrate that the all-important Atlantic oceanic conveyor belt is warming at an alarming rate. So let’s just dump Mr. Gore and his ilk in the trash bin where they belong and roll up our sleeves in the face of facts.
The first signs of change, whether we are talking spiritually, psychologically, economically, culturally or atmospherically, are always heralded by instability. Anyone with half a brain can deduce that we are already well within the red zone in all of these areas, on a global scale. Weather patterns are changing dramatically, riots are breaking out in many countries, financial institutions are breaking down or under justified attack, disgust and desire to dismantle the political elitist hierarchy is growing, etc. We know this and I believe few would disagree with such statements (and I do strongly encourage all comments, even those that may challenge this viewpoint).
So, let’s return to just the issue of climate change. Key word here is “change,” not “warming” or “cooling.” Change. Another polarizing argument is whether this is caused by extraterrestrial influences, such as solar flares or perhaps fluctuations in gamma ray and neutrino bombardment from exrasolar system origins, or whether it is entirely “man made.”
I want to address the issue from a more mature, reflective and wise stance of the “Both/And,” model of consideration, rather than our usual, reflexive and truly adolescent “Either/Or,” way of thinking, to address our common good here.
Let’s just say that a great deal of our global climate change is, indeed, coming from external sources, such as modulations in the sun’s solar flares, perhaps some unknown element coming in from far more distant stellar influences, etc. Let’s just say we accept that. Okay, so, we have all of these complex and out of our control elements influencing our fragile, tiny planet.
Now, here comes the rub in the human intelligence factor. The proving ground of our claim to advanced abilities. We have a choice whether we decide to aid and abet these influences, or actively exercise our own constructive solutions in minimizing them. Because we do have that power. Do we want to continue in man-made activities that will only increase our likelihood of extinction in the face of outside influences, or in activities that may help in our collective survival?
Imagine sitting out on a very, very hot day. Would you go inside and light a fire in the wood stove, or would you instead turn off all heat-contributing appliances, pick up a fan and use it to counteract the heat? Even a panting dog can figure that one out. In a flood situation, do we run to our garden hoses and spray yet more water into the rivers? Only the village idiot would do so. Do we set our own homes aflame while a forest fire rages just outside our door? Of course not. Would we wet down our clothes and take a nice long walk on a freezing night? No, that would lead to death fairly quickly. In the same way firefighters know a fire burns much more quickly on a low-humidity, high temperature day than on a cool temperature, high humidity day, we can assume our human contributions to the climate do, indeed have a huge influence. Our natural instincts and common sense are our best counsel in these situations. These are our independent, inherent abilities. We all have them. And they do not require huge commissions and boards telling us what to do to use them wisely. In the same vein, it is, indeed, in our best interests to reduce whatever contributions we are making to escalate a situation, parts of which may, indeed, be beyond our control. We can be quite effective in minimizing the impact of it.
Our individual and very powerful choices have huge consequences for ourselves and our loved ones’ futures. Trading in that big, huge monster truck for a more efficient model is like trading in the wood stove for a fan on a hot day. Turning off the lights and reducing the temperature in the room is like turning off that hose in the flood. Doing these things means we can contribute to a much larger, natural bank account for our children in the future when the going gets tough. What loving parent wouldn’t want to save into that kind of trust?
We can, indeed, personally contribute to increasing our disasters or reducing their effects. Our choices are where our potential brilliance as a species lie. Each and every one of these choices are within our power and contribute to our individual and communal stability in uncertain times, regardless of the origin of them. Let’s all start getting a bit smarter in meeting our personal and collective concerns and in finding respectful relationships with each other in meeting our common causes.