Are you concerned about the catastrophic weather events occurring with greater frequency? Killer droughts and wildfires out west? Torrential rains along the Eastern Gulf Coast and North Eastern states? Hurricanes that deviate from historical paths to wipe out entire coastal regions, F-5 tornadoes leaving lunar landscapes in their wakes, or 90+ degree days in Alaska? What about snowless winters, shrinking glaciers, rising sea levels, ocean acidification and coral bleaching? I could go on, but all you need to do is catch the headlines each and every day to see the severity of today’s weather and environmental events.
Most global citizens believe these ominous occurrences are indicators of global climatic changes, and for good reason. Scientific models have been predicting these climatic shifts for nearly forty years, and though the concepts occasionally make it into classroom discussions in school, it hasn’t been until more recent severe weather incidences that the public, and more importantly, our politicians have taken pause to wonder what’s going on. Sadly, what’s going on is not good for us or the global biosphere. Our atmosphere’s CO2 levels have tipped 400 ppm (Parts Per Million), not to mention the increasing quantities of other heat absorbing gases–nitrous oxides, chlorofluorocarbons, methane…. We need to get serious and educate ourselves and our children about this important topic.
In my humble opinion, there is no greater threat to global stability than climate change. To do my part, I have been accepted to participate as a Climate Reality Leadership Corps volunteer. In that capacity, I have promised to educate others about how climate change impacts people and what we can do about it. In the future, I will try to weave more climate change topics into this education blog. Heck, I might even begin a new one focused solely on climate change! In the meantime, check out The Climate Reality Project. If you haven’t been concerned about climate change, go out and see what the .orgs, .edus, and .govs have to say on the topic. Be careful to find resources that are neutral and unfunded by special interest groups (there is a lot of misinformation out there).