“We gotta do more than believe if we want to see the world change” – Dave Matthews [DMB Inspiration]
It is a beautiful day. The sun shines, the bird sings, and the trees sway. I dream of the day where my potential children can walk upon the same meadows that I did in delight. Yet I fear that if we do not act now to change the way things are this dream will be only that, a dream.
The ecosystem, whether you want to acknowledge it or not, is under massive attack. The north pole is melting at an accelerating rate [Source]. This is going intensify weather patterns. The open water in the north will absorb more solar radiation, significantly increasing the rate of climate change. The Siberian permafrost is disappearing, which will send greater plumes of methane gas, of which absorbs solar radiation 20X more than CO2 [Youtube Video]. James Hansen, the head of NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies has warned that if we keep warming the planet it will be a recipe for global disaster. He estimated that the safe level for CO2 in the atmosphere is no more than 350ppm. The current level of CO2 is 385ppm and climbing. He states that these levels already guarantee terrible consequences, even if we act immediately to cut carbon emissions to zero.
The engines of climate change, climate scientists have warned, will soon create a domino effect that could thrust the Earth into a chaotic state for thousands of years before it regains equilibrium. Chris Hedges states in his book The World as it is that “we have fallen prey to the illusion that we can modify and control our environment, that human ingenuity ensures that inevitability of human progress, and that our secular god of science will save us. Clive Hamilton, author of the book Requiem for a Species, stated that “the intoxicating belief that we can conquer all has come up against a greater force, the Earth itself.”