Hello everyone and welcome back to The Fire. I’ve been spending some time reflecting on the future of this website and which direction I’d like to take it as well as my own personal goals. As many of us know, growth and personal development take time. Maturity comes to those conscious people who carefully self examine during times of adversity. As of late, I’ve been able to motivate myself more than I have in a very long time. After all the books, insightful social media posts, and experiences I’ve consumed over the past several years I realize more than ever who I truly am and what my purpose in the world is. Simply put, my purpose is to do good. Not do good by eliminating the evil-doers, no, I’ll leave that up to Marvel’s The Punisher. I believe in doing good by giving out positive energy and taking positive actions. Some particular positive action I will be talking about today is the actions we can all take to protect our environment from a runaway greenhouse effect.
If you haven’t heard already the earth is in big trouble. Industrialization of the past and present has led carbon dioxide to reach dangerous levels in the earth’s atmosphere; at a rate of increase this planet has never experienced. In one particular book I’m reading (one I bought from Book Corner for the usual low price of $2-$3) titled Entropy: Into the Greenhouse World, authors Jeremy Rifkin and Ted Howard poignantly prophesies the future of different environments across the planet:
The year is 2035.
In New York City palm trees line the Hudson River from 125th Street to the midtown exit. Recently, massive dikes have been built around the entire island of Manhattan in a concerted effort to hold back rising sea water.
Phoenix is in its third week of temperatures over 120 degrees, and the city has begun the process of enclosing the downtown business district in giant air conditioned domes to accommodate the changing climate.
Although it’s easy to look at such predictions as fallible or inaccurate (this book was last revised the same month I was born; June 1989) because today’s data might say otherwise, it’s also crucial to approach these claims as very real possibilities. There could perhaps be massive droughts around the world in once fertile regions; this has already begun to happen dramatically in Sub-Saharan Africa as the Sahara encroaches into the Sahel, destroying land that was once fertile. Of course as these problems get worse populations will starve, and many of those effected will be residents of periphery or impoverished countries in Asia, Africa and South America to name a few.
As my mentor Bill Nye stated in his book Undeniable: Evolution and the Science of Creation Venus is another planet in our solar system that has suffered from an extreme runaway greenhouse effect. I believe he was talking about contemporary environmental changes and how that relates to the mass extinction event we are currently facing and the impact it has on evolutionary processes. Anyway, Venus suffers from a complete entrapment of carbon dioxide gas in it’s very dense atmosphere which traps the sun’s heat and this has been going on for potentially billions of years. Bill then says “We do not want to become even a little like Venus”. The surface of Venus is around 900 degrees F, “hotter than your oven when it’s set to broil”. Unfortunately, that is the general direction in which we’re headed.
Another influential man of science, Neil Tyson has a touching episode in his series Cosmos on Netflix about climate change and the long term impacts we can expect if we keep doing what we’re doing. He also divulges on the solutions to this phenomenon like solar energy conservation and wind farms to name but two. In other words, the sun is the part of the problem, but it is also part of the solution. The phenomenal Dr. Tyson then details the history of solar energy conservation in the usual underdog style that science tends to have to battle against when it comes to introducing revolutionary ideas to a public who are stuck in their ways and afraid of change. However, change is part of life; and in order for life to thrive on earth that is exactly what we must do.
How You Can Do Your Part
First and foremost you must become what people call “environmentally conscious”. You have to understand how your daily actions effect the environment and mitigate the damage you’re doing. Secondly, after you gain understanding you must take action. This could be recycling, driving your car less, using solar energy, eating less meat, planting trees, or anything else that the world could benefit from. Once these actions become habitual you will be the change you want to see. Finally, you must spread awareness. This the phase in which I’m at right now as I write this. I’m spreading awareness about the dangers looming on the horizon of climatic chaos. When you spread awareness to empowered humans those humans will feel even more compelled and inspired to produce lasting change. Hopefully this change will create the future that we humans are capable of creating for generations to come.