I don’t often talk about global warming here much. That may seem odd for an environmental blog, but here’s the thing… it doesn’t matter.
That’s right – it really doesn’t matter. As I see it, when it comes to global warming there are four ways it could go.
- Camp 1 – We DO NOT believe in global warming so we do nothing to prevent it, and we’re 100% right, global warming, and any problems associated with it, never ever comes.
- Camp 2 – We DO NOT believe in global warming so we do nothing to prevent it. But snap, we’re wrong, it does come.
- Camp 3 – We DO believe in global warming and do a whole bunch of stuff trying to prevent it. In the end, we find we were wrong. Oops.
- Camp 4 – We DO believe in global warming so we try our best to prevent it. Eventually negative aspects of global warming do hit the planet, but thankfully we did something to help minimize those aspects.
From the above situations, I’d conclude that the end results of each would be as follows:
Camp 1 – global warming issues were a total scam, and it’s a good thing we didn’t waste our time on it.
Camp 2 – we are totally screwed.
Camp 3 – we wasted a whole bunch of time trying to prevent an imaginary issue, but got a cleaner planet for our efforts.
Camp 4 – good job us. Hopefully steps we took helped to lessen the impact of global warming.
If you don’t believe in global warming that’s all well and good, but keep in mind that many of the actions you can take to help prevent this imaginary issue are not just useful because they may help prevent global warming. For example, the steps below are supposed to help reduce the effects of global warming, but they all have other benefits as well…
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle: Why fill up landfills? Why not recycle? Do you want land to run on, play on and camp on, or do you want a huge old mess of a planet? Reuse and recycling can also save you cash.
Use Less Energy: Turn down your heat and AC. Turn off some lights. Don’t stare at the TV for nine hours a day. You’ll save lots of money and be healthier because you’re moving, not sitting watching TV.
Drive Less: Get fit by driving less and walking more. Also, if you do things like take public transportation, you’ll get a new taste of your community and have a chance to catch up on your reading and reduce traffic congestion. Your kids can build independence walking to school and they’ll be healthier if you don’t drive them everywhere. They’ve got feet. You’ll also save lots and lots of money on gas plus auto wear and tear plus some modes of transport are fun – like your bike.
Plant a Tree: Planting trees does more than reduce global warming aspects. Trees add beauty to less than ideal spaces and makes for healthier kids. They teach you and your kids how to plant and care for something green. They can offer you fruit.
Buy Energy-efficient and Long-lasting Products: It makes sense to spend money on items that will last longer. In the long run you’ll spend less money on products that last a long time and save time by not having to shop again so soon.
If global warming never ever arrives and thus never wreaks havoc it’s still a good idea to do all of the above because it helps keep your planet livable, saves you lots of money and helps keep you fit and healthy. There’s no reason not to do the above – global warming or not.
Learn more from folks who do believe in global warming:
- The EPA
- The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
- World Economic Forum (WEF)
- United Nations Climate Change Portal
- The CDC
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