Saturday, November 19, 2022

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November 19, 2022 - Entries and observations on climate change. This is a climate change earth log for humans in the future, when all of us here now are gone, to review. This is the project of one individual, a writer. November 19, 2022 - I woke up this morning with this. What if, 50 years from now, a woman writes an open letter to her grandmother, whom as a child she affectionally called Nana. Dear Nana, I know you loved me with all of your heart. You doted on me each and every second you saw me. You showered me with gifts, and trips to the park and beach. Those were wonderful early years which of course passed quickly. Soon I was the young girl no longer a child, and my mind was bursting with the energy of inquisitiveness. You were delighted to be my guide, my teacher, and help me discover the answers to nature's secrets, to the world of humanity. But one day, Nana, a day I can never forget, we were watching what was then called TV, and there was a news story about a hurricane that was the strongest ever in recorded history. It came upon a U.S. shore and left a destruction never before seen. Thousands of people perished. I remember the news commentator closed his new report with a statement that was both simple and powerful: "Who now can deny climate change?" he asked rhetorically. And I remember what you said: "Me." I was only 7 years old and of course not well-versed on the subject. But I looked up at you and said "Really?" I think back now that it was more of a question than a statement. I was eager to know why you said what you did. You looked at me and said "Climate change is fake. There is no climate change." Well dear Nana, we know now with absolute certainty, you were wrong. I wished you could see now, what was left behind after you passed. I can only think that if millions of people who thought as you did, had thought otherwise, if perhaps the dangers and results of climate change could have been significantly altered. Nana, my grandchildren can't go to the beach any time like you and I did. There are days when it is so hot they cannot go outside - at all. The beach you used to take me? Let's just say it grew - expanded inland 15 miles. You wouldn't know this term but humans now often have to wear over-hoods to breath outside. Many of the forests you once enjoyed so much - scorched to the ground. We finally got rid of gasoline powered cars. We harnessed energy from the wind and sun in a way many people from your time could not imagine. We are trying to heal the planet, but some of the damage done is irreversible. We can't bring back wiped out species of fish and birds. Much of the chirping you and I relished in the parks, is no more. If only you could have seen the truth, could have thought not just of me as a small child upon whom you could dote, but a child who would become an adult who would need a strong support system from our planet- as a child who one day herself would have children, who one day would also be called Nana by her grandchildren. But you were not alone in your belief. Millions of other people thought as you did. They each have a piece of the responsibility for what resulted from their view.

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