Friday, December 2, 2022

The 30-Years from Now Observations

In terms of climate change discussions and data you may have noticed there are a number of 30-years from now comparisons, scenarios, predictions. For example, in the United States it is predicted that the cities of New Orleans and Savannah, Georgia could be partially under water. Other locations along the Florida coast and Southeast coast are often referenced. Even cities such as New York play into possibilities for flooding due to rising seas. If you are living along these coasts and you are a senior, you are not going to be in any hurry to sell and relocate. But if you are in your twenties or thirties and settling into one of these coastal areas (as well as others) you could be thinking what if?  Your thinking would be accurate. As each year passes moving forward, revelations about future damage become more clear. The data supporting these predictions becomes more refined and accurate. In the meantime, building up to these future decades, current years are littered with major storms, some of whose unusual strength, are attributed to changes in climate.  Well before 30 years from now, the data could be damning enough to cause major problems for coastline real estate. There could be a such thing as too late to sell at a reasonable price - or too late to sell and relocate with financial feasibility. This is not meant to scare people away from shoreline living or real estate - these are very real possibilities of consequences and results of climate change. Also, it should be stressed there are ways to protect shoreline properties from flooding by having them professionally raised further up off the ground. This may not be any protection from increased wind in storms, but structural technologies can help prevent or stop flooding. In these instances the battle against climate change becomes very real on a very personal level. It may surprise some people, there are already projects in progress to relocate communities in some areas. One of the first is Isle De Jean, Louisiana. According to the federal governments web site for this island project, there used to be 22,000 acres of land and now there is only 320 acres. In 2016 community block grants were created to allow the residents of this island - most people of American Indian ancestry, to relocate: Isle De Jean.
Future entries on will delve more into the conditions of shoreline communities across the globe. These are real concerns that should not be postponed. It can take decades to relocate large, populated areas.

Phasing Out Coal

Efforts are underway to phase out coal in numerous countries including the United States, South Africa and China. Since we could not get the USA and China to commit to setting goals to cease coal production, climate activists with the means have plans to eventually stop a large chunk of coal production over the next 30 years. Everyone knows you can't pull a switch and production stops. One of the plans is to buy-out coal plants and commit to early retirement of these facilities. In the meantime, alternative sources of energy are phased in because these people realize the need for the energy, the necessity of providing heat in the winter, especially in countries lacking infrastructure or will to help those in poverty who cannot afford to find alternative means to energy. it is understood there are generations of families and corporations whose lives have depended on coal production. It's like oil - you can't back-out of generational income in a few years: it takes planning and agreement. If you have the money provided by oil, and you have the intelligence on your staff to transition to cleaner energy,   you can do this: you can make the change and not suffer financially. You can look your grandchildren in the face and they will know you care about their future, the future of their children and theirs. This is much bigger than a generation. This is the future of the place we have been allowed to live. This is our collective home and it is as we can all agree only temporary for all of us. our collective conscious must grow stronger and nicer and greener and understanding that we make efforts to leave the house as clean as we possibly can, for those to come after us. In this life most people want to feel good about themselves first, regardless of what others may think. Trying to stop the damage we have already done is a great place to start. It needs the commitment of every person possible. no one is insignificant in this effort, this drive. Let more people admit that coal is not a good thing for Earth, and to understand there is a way to transition away from coal that will benefit all. 

Each Day Good Change to Slow Climate Change-Observations

Each day brings a little more hope. World news is filled with activities, events, meetings, innovative ideas all aimed at putting the brakes on climate change. Individuals are learning even their "small" efforts are a link in the gigantic effort to make positive change. This isn't like not voting because you feel the numbers are stacked against you, that your vote really, in the end will not matter. This is different. This is self-satisfaction, pride in knowing you made a conscious effort to do something different in your life that would have some kind of impact on slowing the damage. It might be something as simple as driving less, or installing solar panels on your home, or saving for an electric car. It might be planting trees on your property or volunteering with a group to plant trees in the city. Every positive effort has meaning. It may not be blasted on the front page of newspapers or make the national television news, but it counts and you know you are doing it and your friends and family know and you can feel good about yourself for what you are doing. 

Thursday, November 24, 2022

Trust Issues in America -Observations

 Before we can truly tackle the problem of climate change, we first have to address underlying issues that are needed to be resolved before we can be led to solutions really good solid, widespread solutions, and one of those is trust. Significant loss of trust in each other can only reflect back on the goals that we have, which include making the planet a better place to live now, and in the future. In America and some other countries, the breakdown of trust is evident in number of criminal incidents that occur in public, and that catch people by surprise are described as totally unexpected or described, as never thought it would happen here. The more such incidences,the more the trust between people break down. Climate activists nonetheless continue with the goal of lessening the dangerous effects of climate change even in this social climate in which we need more and more people on the street level to understand their contributions are needed as well. How trust of one another can be increased with the goal of listening effects of climate change will be the subject of future writings here. Hope everyone has a nice holiday however you celebrated you deserve it.

Tuesday, November 22, 2022

Oceans Too Hot for Sealife-Observations

 In 2022 it’s still difficult for a very large number of people to imagine or consider oceans with a lot of sea life gone,  dead, or, extinct. But they need only think about the temperature of our cities in our towns and summers or when the heat reaches over 110°F and some people die from heat,  of heat stroke and other causes. If the oceans continue to warm over the decades, then sea life, fish, other sea creatures many of them will die from the heat because it’s just too hot for them. It’s really that simple. The things we do now to help the environment or what will make a big difference 20, 30,40 years from now. That’s why it seems like a climate emergency for a growing number of people. We don’t really have as much time is some of us think we do and more assertive action needs to be taken to slow the heating of the planet by slowing the use of carbon-based products, fossil fuels gases that dissipate into the air cause problems with the ozone layer cause problems on earth. I believe that more young people should consider careers as science engineers, climate engineers, people who study the climate and study the make up of the earth, the oceans the air, the atmosphere and try to find additional solutions to fixing this problem. Of course, having said all of this, we still know that the biggest burden is with multinational corporations with the big producers with big countries who are not slowing the use of these chemicals quickly enough who are not committing to doing so like they should. I like the idea of climate engineers, and would like to see this type of curriculum more prevalent not just in colleges, but even introduced in high schools this is definitely a subject that I will bring up again.

Turn Vehicles Off For a Moment of Silence-Observations

 Massive actions in which people do things together, or do something in conjunction with each other that is unusual, or even profound is a way to bring attention to a subject like climate change. For example, let’s say in New York City a certain day and time is decided in which everyone who is operating a vehicle will stop safely where they are, and turn their engines off for a full minute. This seems to be a type of concerted, action and effort that can help bring attention to climate change for people who may need a reminder or who are not completely aware of the dangers we face and to show the world and the people in the future that they do care, and we are trying to do things to remedy this serious issue . 

There are many other things people can do to show support for minimizing climate change. Let’s  brainstorm and come back here and share more ideas.

School Teachers as Ambassadors of Climate Change Awareness-Observations

if the study of climate change could be a major part of school curriculum, particularly in younger students, elementary,middle school ,high school this would convey back home to the adults of these children and put more awareness on the importance of understanding climate change, and the things that we can do to lessen that negative impact. One of the issues that school teachers would face, of course would be negative feedback from parents and adults, who have a non-sympathetic opinion to climate change or who even go so far as to believe that climate change is fake or a hoax or not true. This could cause repercussions for the school teachers, and so one of the questions becomes, are you willing to take this risk for the planet, for what you believe in and does this all fall under freedom of speech, at least in America. Of course in other countries it will be handled differently as far as school teachers are concerned, where some countries are more open to school curriculums that include climate change. currently in the year 2022 school curriculum is a contentious subject for teachers as we live in a age where there are books being banned again, and considerable feedback from parents who want to have a bigger input into what books are presented to their children and especially in some cases what books are not allowed. On a positive note, the subject of climate change is not as controversial as some of the other subjects that have been discussed and argued and banned, but nonetheless, there are still a significant number of people including adults, who are disagreeing, or fighting the notion of climate change. Perhaps if teachers can gently educate their students especially the younger ones, this can be conveyed back home. Children can ask their parents questions and maybe some of these parents will start to think more about the real future of our planet. I will have a lot more on this subject, on the subject of school teachers as ambassadors in the effort of understanding climate change, and doing things that lessen the impact of carbon, fossil fuels, gases,coal.

The 30-Years from Now Observations

In terms of climate change discussions and data you may have noticed there are a number of 30-years from now comparisons, scenarios, predict...