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. 

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...