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The Best Explanation of Why We Need to Address Climate Change

The Copenhagen talks are over, the limos now returned, the private jets nestled back in their private hangars. I was going to write up my thoughts on Cop15 but realized I just don’t have it in me. While I don’t mean to diminish what they were intended to be about, I can’t help but being saddened by the worlds response to what may very well be the worst threat we as a species have ever faced.

You’ll notice I say “what may very well be” as opposed to “what will be” because truthfully, I don’t know. And neither does anyone else for that matter, not absolutely anyway. We are in the middle of an experiment here, one that has never been completed before, and only at the end of the run will we know exactly what the outcome will be. We can talk about projections, CO2, greenhouse gas effects and everything else until we are blue in the face, but the reality is, as with most science, there is almost never complete certainty.

So I’m going to post up one of my favorite videos on the subject once again. Please take the time to watch it, pass it on to everyone you know, and send it to your politicians as well. It’s 9 minutes, which may seem like a lot, but it’s one of the best discussions of global climate change I have seen. It doesn’t deal with CO2 levels, rising tides, or even fossil fuels, but instead breaks the entire argument down to the simple concept of risk management.

The man behind the video (and in front of the lens) is Greg Craven, a mild mannered science teacher who likes to explain large concepts in simple ways that anyone can understand. His video was such a hit, that he expanded it and even wrote a book about it as well. The reason I like this video so much is that he strips away all the conflict, confronts the problems that people bring up about Climate Change head on, and still makes his point.

Simply put, are we willing to risk what the outcome of global climate change will be, should it come to fruition. This is straightforward simple common sense logic that anyone can understand. Sort of like an obese guy hearing that if he doesn’t lose weight he’s going to die young. Does he argue that his fate can’t be proven in all certainty? Of course not, he (hopefully) starts exercising and stops wolfing down the Twinkies. Well Climate Change should be decided on the same grounds (except without the Twinkies…we should keep those).

As for the Climate Change talks–the day that politicians are really truly on track with doing something about this problem, will be the day when the talks are virtual, broadcast on the web for all to see and hear, and all countries recognize that every citizen on the planet has an equal stake in the game.

That’s when they’ll have really “gotten” it.

My two cents. Yours?

Dave

 

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Dave Chameides

Dave Chameides is a filmmaker and environmental educator. His website and newsletter are designed to inspire thought and dialogue on environmental solutions and revolve around the idea that no one can do everything, but everyone can do something. "Give people the facts, and they'll choose to do the right thing."

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8:42PM PDT on Aug 26, 2010

Thank you for your necessary input! Perhaps, continuous brainstorming, per demographic areas of a 'CAN DO' check list, mailed to individual homes, would be helpful on a yearly basis??? I'm sure others have been concerned enough to do so in the past. Yet, EPA may be more creative to network with the WHO, Dept of Edu. & Dept of Justice, & UN to get the word out on Wall Street as well as Main Street and enforce it. If Granny & Unlce Joe do the possible to fill their GREEN barrels & big industry dumps toxic waste wherever it wants to.......??????? There should be consequences for Global Warming Violators.

10:08PM PST on Mar 3, 2010

Congratulations! Amazing video- it gave me goose bumps and all.

7:12AM PST on Feb 12, 2010

doesnt matter what you believe, just do something to help the extinctions from continuing and murder in the rainforest.
IF INTERESTED PLEASE SEE MY PAGE

7:29PM PST on Feb 9, 2010

I wish people would take the time to look at BOTH sides of the issue to find the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth!!!

http://green-agenda.com/globalrevolution.html

http://www.petitionproject.org/index.php

8:37AM PST on Feb 9, 2010

Here’s a simple way to help draw attention to the fact that climate change is still happening and people around the world want to find a solution. On March 27, 2010, World Wildlife Fund is asking individuals, businesses, governments and organizations around the world to turn off their lights for one hour-Earth Hour-to make a global statement of concern about climate change and to demonstrate their commitment to finding solutions. Register today to show your support at http://www.myearthhour.org

11:08PM PST on Jan 28, 2010

wow

6:32PM PST on Jan 23, 2010

To Stuart O, with the proverbial sugar laden red dye #3 cherry and other sinful toppings on top plea for us to grow our own food, HOW?

If you are going to beg people to do something, a little info might be helpful! As for myself, I do not have a green thumb, but the story does not stop there.... I have tried starting my own garden, but could not find organic gardening fertilizer that did not have blood or some other animal "by product" in it. So I sufficed with putting all of my indoor potted culinary plants in the rain which seemed to perk them up a bit even without fertilizer.... but then I moved to an apartment with no balcony. Plants started to die, and then the landlord sprayed insect repellant WITHOUT MY PERMISSION as a favor to me! But still I persisted with my somewhat not as organic produce that all eventually withered and died. I cannot afford an indoor composter at several hundred dollars. Any suggestions? Because I'm right there with you on this issue of growing your own garden, but have had no luck thus far!

Also, tried the link, but I'm not a UK citizen so cannot participate in the poll for allotments. Perhaps you could let some of us, who do not reside in the UK, know what allotments are about....not that we have the ability to do anything about it but watch!

5:40AM PST on Jan 22, 2010

Grow your own food folks.

Please sign my petition at:

http://petitions.number10.gov.uk/more-allotments/

Pretty please with sugar, cherries and various other sinful toppings.

7:02PM PST on Jan 21, 2010

ty

4:41AM PST on Jan 16, 2010

noted. important.

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