We shall need a substantially new way of thinking if humanity is to survive!
Climate change has become the biggest global health threat of the 21st century. Hurricanes, tornados, super storms, and prolonged drought are not only becoming increasingly common but, tragically, increasingly destructive. Perhaps the biggest threat humanity faces as the earth continues to warm is the rise of the sea level.
In the last few years, Greenland has hit its highest temperatures in the recorded history and Antarctica's land ice has been melting at an alarming rate. If we care about our planet, we have to reduce the greenhouse emissions created from fossil fuels, deforestation and unsustainable agricultural practices like intensive livestock farming, or use of synthetic fertilizers and industrial chemicals. In order to stabilize glaciers in Greenland and stop adding so much heat into the environment, we need to cut emissions of carbon dioxide by at least 80%.
Renewable energy resources like wind, nuclear fusion or solar could generate energy with little or no pollution or greenhouse emissions. Wind and solar power on their own could reliably and affordably provide up to 40 percent of U.S. electricity by 2030, and 80 percent by 2050.
Some countries have already made renewable energy at the center of their energy strategy. In fact, Denmark has 14 offshore wind farms and in 2014 broke a world record, powering an average of 40 percent of the country on wind alone. However, the US still hands out $20 billion a year to fossil fuel companies and despite the negative impact of Carbone emission, the U.S. oil and gas productions boomed during the Obama's administration, and still growing aggressively after.
Climate change is the one problem where there are no winners and our role as citizens of Earth is to keep pushing our politicians and our energy providers, as well as using our purchasing power, to make sure that we speed up the adoption of renewable sources of energy like fusion, solar and wind. If human beings are going to sustain our civilization into the future, we have to cut our addiction to fossil fuels and implement solutions to the climate crisis that threatens our planet. As they say “We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children”.
But unfortunately, global warming or a more accurate label, "climate change", remains very political and sometimes referred to a sa hoax instead of being viewed as a serious potential threat to humanity backed by exhaustive research work of climate scientists who continue to present an avalanche of evidence that the critics and their unflinching viewpoints are wrong.
Choosing to ignore the difference between weather change and climate change may certainly make some critics feel good about their dismissal of the fact that 2017 was the third warmest in 137 years of record keeping, according to NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies. Even worse to consider is the fact that the top three warmest (2017 being one of them) have all happened in the last five years. One would think this is a very serious piece of evidence that cannot be ignored. But you would be wrong and some still willfully ignore it and completely dismiss it.
It seems hard to simply agree on facts - facts such as the one that is so obvious stressing that our planet's climate is a long-term meteorological pattern, and our weather is a short-term, cyclical reactionary behavior. In other words, climate change is like the overall health of our planet while climate is just a seasonal cold or flu. Will we finally admit the difference and start thinking about the future generations who will inherit the Earth?