Killing ourselves slowly is something to think about.

by Matt_Whitelaw on October 17, 2015 - 12:18am

In the article “Signs From Earth: The Heat Is On” by Joel Achenbach and Heidi Schultz they discuss how to many peoples beliefs global warming is not important enough to worry about because the next generation will have to deal with it and that generation is our generation. Most think that warning of global warming are just a scare tactics to scare us out of our cars and on our feet. This subject is very important and not just a scare tactic.

“… The world is heating up right now, and fast. Globally, the temperature is up one degree Fahrenheit over the past century, but some of the coldest, most remote spots have warmed much more” (para. 2). The world is in danger, icebergs are melting at a fast rate, rivers are running dry because of the heat and water levels are rising endangering people’s lives. Just because two don’t see these things it doesn’t mean they aren’t happening especially now when it is just beginning, the planet is trying to warn us of what kind of future we are looking at and everyone is ignoring the signs.  “These aren't projections; they are facts on the ground” (para. 2). The article discusses how this is not just a phase the Erath is going through, it is happening because of us. We have been clearing forests, burning coal, oil and gas, sending harmful gasses into the atmosphere and this has been happening for centuries now. Global temperatures are shooting up faster than at any other time in the past thousand years. We have sent out enough greenhouse gases to continue warming the planet for many decades to come. "We have created the environment in which our children and grandchildren are going to live," says Tim Barnett of the Scripps Institution of Oceanography.

In my opinion it is ridiculous how careless we are for the environment, it is such a fragile thing and we are destroying git and ourselves for what for resources we overuse and don’t need? We need to start doing something if we want to try and save our planet form dying, we are the ones who did it and we are the ones who are responsible for fixing it. Previous generations should care because we are the ones that is going to have to clean up their mess and who is to say we will actually do something about it. If we can do something to fix what we have done the only question is, can we act in time before the worst of it? Only the Earth and time will tell.

Comments

Hello Matt,
I agree with your statements about how the lack of concern for the environment is dangerous. The stakeholders who maintain that the economy comes before the environment seem to be the perpetrators of this viewpoint. However, what they fail to realize is that without the environment, there is no economy. In a country like Canada, with a staples economy, if environmental degradation becomes too severe, the economy will suffer. We need to look no further than the collapse of the cod fishing industry in Newfoundland and Labrador. This historical example shows how closely linked the environment, the economy and effective natural resource really are. I hope we can act in time to salvage the environment. However, we need the co-operation of the entire world to do so. And showing them how our way of life depends on natural resource management and a strong environment might be the way to do that.

I appreciate one of the significants points you make in this review. That regardless of who made the mess, we should all care and it is up to us all to clean it up. Although research should be done to see the various levels of pollution and other adverse effects that individual sectors are responsible for, we must all still cut down in order for any relief to be effective. In terms of generations and countries, there is very little that would case any one to significantly stand out independently, we are all affected and we are all responsible. Before significant and effective progress will ever be made there must be an agreance on this. It is all of our problem and it is all of our responsibility.

I appreciate one of the significants points you make in this review. That regardless of who made the mess, we should all care and it is up to us all to clean it up. Although research should be done to see the various levels of pollution and other adverse effects that individual sectors are responsible for, we must all still cut down in order for any relief to be effective. In terms of generations and countries, there is very little that would case any one to significantly stand out independently, we are all affected and we are all responsible. Before significant and effective progress will ever be made there must be an agreance on this. It is all of our problem and it is all of our responsibility.

I strongly agree with your opinion on the matter, as global warming is a real and present change that is drastically modifying our climate. As you mentioned, it is true that many people think global warming is just a political and environmental exaggeration, and that there’s barely a need for concern, but it is careless on their part, as it is changing our planet like never before. We watched a documentary in class, Chasing Ice, where James Balog, a scientific photographer also having a masters in geomorphology, led a project to capture global warming in images. The results were stunning, as it showed us visually the effects of global warming in the north. Over a span of a couple of years, glaciers retreated and diminished in size drastically. Glaciers as big as the South end of Manhattan and several times the height of its buildings were calving right under his eyes and all caught on camera. This documentary not only showed us visually the effects of global warming, but especially that it’s a real and major concern that needs to be addressed without wasting any more time, in order to save our planet.

Reference: Orlowski, J. (Director). (2013). Chasing ice [Motion picture]. Docuramafilms

I agree with your conviction, that it is all our responsibility to begin the process of cleaning up "the mess" that generations have created. To believe that anything can improve by waiting for someone else to do it, is nonsense. The Earth is heating up and the world we once had is continually deteriorating. We all need to look at our lifestyles and find ways to reduce greenhouse gases, utilize renewable energy and to be less greedy. Mankind as a whole seems to be driven by greed, we take until there is nothing left. If only we could be as greedy in repairing the damage.

I find this article very interesting because it points out all of the changes in the environment caused by climate change. It also mentions all the bad practices we do on our Earth. Indeed, we try changing the environment to suit us, more than us trying to adapt to the environment. Our world gets warmer because of human activities. This causes heat and temperature to rise. This effect leads to melting glaciers and causes water level to rise. Hence, climate change occurs and makes certain areas have floods, and early spring melting of lakes and rivers. Yet, there are still people that do not seem to care about this situation. These people are maybe not informed enough. We can start by making things better for us and for future generations by doing some kind of awareness. This will inform them more about the serious consequences and will alert them. As the author of “This changes everything: Capitalist vs. the Climate”, Naomi Klein, mentioned “If enough of us decide that climate change is a crisis worthy of Marshall Plan levels of response, then it will become one.”(Gormely, 2015)

Gormely, A. (2015, March 6).Don’t walk away now the climate crisis needs you. Retrieved from http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2015/mar/06/dont-look-away-now-th...

Great post!
The title of your review article had me very intrigued as to what environmental issue you were going to focus on. Global warming is a very wicked problem. Unfortunately, we can’t necessarily eliminate climate change. Warming is inevitable, however we can take the appropriate measures to reduce our impact as it is proven humanity plays a significant role in the process.
I think people believing global warming is not important enough to worry about comes down to our generation’s lack of willingness to pay and willingness to accept the consequences that aren’t directly affecting them and it is not in their self interest. People don’t understand the extent to which the process of global warming will harm them (food, health, economically etc.) This issue comes down to the sustainability criterion not being met. Rather, not even taken into account.
I agree with you completely, I think it ridiculous how inconsiderate and ignorant people are towards environmental degradation and sustainability. Global warming is a process therefore the consequences and improvements take time to generate. However if no importance is placed on this issue, the consequences can build up and become irreversible.
I strongly believe people are too self interested to take this wicked problem into their own hands. The issue with climate change is that the public has shown a gradual decline in their interest. People are discouraged with the outcomes and how “far out of their way” they need to go for the greater good. I believe natural resource management must be implemented. Institutional, substantive and procedural instruments are all ways in which climate change could be appropriately addressed and would make powerful advancements in the right direction.

Very thought-provoking post, we all know climate is warmer, it's a global issue could endanger all creatures in this planet, but as you were saying, people are careless about this problem and release to next generation deal with global warming. I think it because solve this problem cost both a large amount of time and money, and all the benefits just for people from next generation, not everyone care about this problem because their living situation still fine although they can feel temperature is higher now, it is all about self-interest that is simple but hard to change.

I think one of the underlying issues with people's lack of concern is that, caring for the environment is considered a luxury. The majority of us give our time, money, thoughts, etc. to caring about climate change after we have our food, shelter, clothes, technology, etc. taken care of. Our priorities are firstly on our perceived needs. And a lot of the time, we never get to caring about the other stuff.

Obviously caring for the environment is not a luxury. All our food, water, the air we breath, everything comes out of the environment around us. There are so many ecosystem services we depend on that climate change is threatening. But that is how it is perceived. And the timescale is so large, people have always been more concerned with now than 10 years from now. We need our governments to set the pace but they often fall into the same trap. As a politician, if you have to choose between increasing funding for health care or environmental monitoring, what do you do? We need a system that looks and plans further ahead than we seem able to look.

This article makes generalizations about different generations and there attitude towards climate change but it is good to remember all generalizations are untrue :) Not everyone feels climate change should be left to future generations. And I think questioning and worrying about our predecessors is useless. We are where we are, knowing what we now know. I think the best question is, What am I going to do now?

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