Can we beat environmental destruction? Yes we can!

The more I read and think about it and listen to what other people say, the more convinced I become of two things.

The first is that we can’t afford to wait to see if global warming is really the result of human activity.  The potential catastrophe is too great.  Risking it is like going over the Niagara Falls in a barrel saying that some people have survived.  Yes, and we might too.  But the odds don’t look good to me, and the consequences if we are wrong won’t be cured by our simply admitting we got it wrong.

The second conclusion is that we can turn the situation around – both in terms of climate change and the large-scale destruction of human and other habitats for living things.  Actually, they all go together, so it’s not necessary to make a choice among all these highly desirable outcomes.

We’re not going to do it in one giant leap.  It’s not going to happen because some geeky scientists to whom we would forever be grateful find a clean, cheap, and inexhaustible source of energy.  It is going to be made from a thousand small steps taken by thousands of what television and politicians call “ordinary people.” 

(I don’t personally think there is such a thing as an ordinary person, by the way, but what I think politicians usually mean are those millions of us without a high public profile but who might cast a vote for or against their staying in office.)

As a small contribution to the cause of saving our planet, I am going to post four times a week an example – some small, some big – of what we are, or can, do to change things for the better.

If you have ideas to pass along toward this cause, please add your comments.  I will do my best to give them as high a profile as I can.

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About Terry Sissons

Terry Sissons is the author of The Big Bang to Now: All of Time in Six Chunks, and this blog is a dialogue about the universe and what’s happened in the last 13 billions years.
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