Weather has changed dramatically in my lifetime. The old ocean beaches I vacationed at are mostly underwater, and the Northeast winters that used to let me ski and skate from December to March now are often snow-less with breaks of summer-like temperatures. Rain in the desert, drought in the once drenched mountains, tornadoes, hurricanes, massive forest fires, and floods where they never were are a sign that something is wrong.
There is a problem and most scientists have concluded that a big part of that problem is the carbon emissions from energy sources like gas, oil, and coal. Carbon and other gases, including methane (what are you feeding those cows?), build up in our atmosphere and form an umbrella that traps heat—the more gases, the more heat, the more melting, higher oceans, and beyond weird weather patterns. It seems logical that we need to do something about the carbon emissions that we create, but in the case of our lawmakers logic isn’t always the path taken. That logical solution of cleaning up our dirty air has been slow in coming or even blocked by powerful forces who profit from fossil fuels and choose to ignore or minimize the negative effects these carbon-belching fuels have on our fragile environment
It’s time to become vocal about the self-destruction of our world and demand action based on real science. We need to moderate our current administration’s FUBAR proposals of rolling back restrictions on: mining, oil drilling and greenhouse gas emissions. Climate change is not a hoax and the scientifically backed evidence confirms that the world is warming and that man-made carbon emissions are primarily to blame.
There have been real technological advances in alternative clean energy sources like solar and wind but our country still seems to favor drilling and pipelines. Both the clean energy and fossil fuel advocates must realize that a solution is about compromise. That compromise may be found in a new player in the battle who could be a game changer and help find a solution that could bring these two sides together–The Drawdown Project, self-billed as The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed to Reverse Global Warming. From The Drawdown Projects website: Drawdown maps, measures, models, and describes the 100 most substantive solutions to global warming. For each solution, we describe its history, the carbon impact it provides, the relative cost and savings, the path to adoption, and how it works. The goal of the research that informs Drawdown is to determine if we can reverse the buildup of atmospheric carbon within thirty years. All solutions modeled are already in place, well understood, analyzed based on peer-reviewed science, and are expanding around the world.
Project Drawdown is a different approach with hundreds of non-partisan scientists offering solutions to our carbon fed global warming problem with a detailed analysis of the different forms of energy and actions that can be taken to reduce our carbon emissions. The biggest positive to the project is that it offers many choices that can be mixed and matched to produce a hybrid energy package that could appeal to all.
In addition to recommending a transition to wind, solar, geo, and tidal energy production Drawdown goes a step farther by offering a complete carbon solution proposing best practices in areas like: lifestyle, forestry, farming, diet, food production, building, and our waste stream. The 100 solutions can be mixed in any way and phased in or enacted immediately since most of the proposed actions are “shovel-ready” using existing technology. Adopting some or all of Drawdown’s plan would be a great start to cleaning up our air.
It’s time to do something about the carbon emissions and the Drawdown group seems to be on the right path using scientific data rather than lobbyists to push for change. As with any issue getting the right information is critical in formulating our future energy plan so hopefully our lawmakers acknowledge the alarming changes in our weather and pay attention to the brilliant scientists who have the solutions.