Saturday, January 20, 2007

Climate change with Al Gore, II

For those interested in Al Gore's climate project training (which I blogged about here), here are news stories of Climate Project Presenters:

Miss Rhode Island spreads the word

Wisconsin resident and businessman

Grammy-winner Kathy Mattea gives presentation in Utah

Oregon's Secretary of State presents across the State

Canadian banker reaches investment community

Cincinnati's climate messenger

Allentown messenger

New Yorkers head to Nashville to become messengers

Fort Smith Arkansas messenger

1 comment:

dan said...

People Get What They Deserve: Climate Change and the End of Humankind
People Get What They Deserve:
Climate Change and the End of Humankind
on Planet Earth

by Charles C. Commons(c) 2006-3006

The end of humankind’s time on Earth is coming to an end, and I welcome it. I can’t believe I wrote that, but I did. Let me explain why I feel this way.

God knows, we’ve messed things up real bad, hereon Planet Earth, and now it’s time to pay the piper. Oh, it’s not going to end in a nuclear armageddon, no. And it’s not going to end because of the so-called “Clash of Civilizations” going on now with our friends the terrorists. No, the end is coming because of climate change, and it’s too late to do anything about it now. Way too late.

Our fate has been sealed.

I should be in despair but I am not. I think we are getting what we deserve. We did our best, as a human species, but our best was not very good. We blew it. Climate change, according to the Stern Report, has already pretty much made it impossible — read that word again: “impossible” — to tackle global warming. We are done for.

We are about to be fried, frozen, fingered. Put that in your computer file.

As a species, are are done for. Period.

And while I don’tdespair over this, neither am I gloating, no. We are headed forextinction, and you know something, we deserve it. We sealed our ownfate by our foolish, greedy, convenience-addicted actions.Maybe it was in our genes from the very beginning, this coming demise.Maybe all this was meant to be, not some non-existant god or CreatorBeing, but by the fickle hands of fate itself. If there really was aGod, we wouldn’t be in this predicament. Think about it. We did thisall by ourselves.There’s no use crying over spilled milk. We’re done for.Oh, it won’t happen soon, not in this lifetime, not in my lifetime oryourtime. Give us 15 or 20 more human generations, 30 at most, andthen it’s curtains. The Earth will be fried. The is already cast, it’sin the cards. There’s no going back. Sigh.As human carbon emissions continue to grow and grow, the rate ofclimate change will accelerate and we will experience it sooner thanyou can imagine. You think life is forever. It is not. Human life isabout to be deleted from the surface of Planet Earth. I give it about500 years. Stretch it to 1000 years if you wish, and that’s okay withme. This is not an exact science. But it is science. We are done for.The simple fact, the truth, is that we are headed for the exit ramp.Our rise as a species on Earth in a long, long history of cosmic timeand Darwinian evolution has been capped. And we did it to ourselves.Us. You and me.Cars. Airplanes. Factories. Coal plants. Massive industrialization.Oil. Technology. Convenience. Greed. We couldn’t stop. Our DNA, ourintelligence, did us in.It’s over. By the year 2500 — okay, the year 3000 at the latest –we’re history. And you know what? It doesn’t matter. Not one bit. Thecosmos does not care one iota. We came, we saw, we’re leaving.
Because when you look at us, our history, our backstory, what did weachieve? Miracles, yes, and then some. But these miracles have done usin. Climate change cannot be unchanged. The course has been set.There’s no turning back.Let me put it this way: the Earth’s experiment with the human speciesand most of the planet and animal species that evolved even before usis coming to an end. And we humans did it. We pulled the levers, wepushed the buttons, we pulled the trigger. We burned too much coal, weguzzled too much gasoline, we used too much oil, we made too manyfactories to make our toys and vehicles, too many motorscooters, toomany cars, too many smokestacks, too many people. We just didn’t knowhow to rein things in. And not it’s too late.Well, 500 years is a long time to plan for the end. Start planning.I’m glad I lived in the last half of the 20th century and the firstpart of the 21st century. It’s been a wonderful life, a wonderfulride, and I learned alot.

But even I, a common man with no PHD or expertise in anything, even I can tell you it’s over. You don’t have to read the fine print, either.The message is in plain English for anyone to read: increased concentrations of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere have sealed our fate. And I mean SEALED.

By 2500 — okay, 3000, if you want to stretch it — we will be goners. The Earth will remain, of course, good old Earth, our temporary home amidst the stars. But we, the human species, will soon be gone. And there is not one single thing anyone can do about it. This is the sad,bare, bald, truth.