Tuesday, July 4, 2017
Why the Debate over whether climate change is real or not is irrelevant
So, this topic has been on my mind lately and I have decided to write down my thoughts. Mike and I read, watch youtube videos, subscribe to twitter feeds, etc. from both or many alternate sides of nearly any issue. As I have processed viewpoints from both sides, I have come to the conclusion of - why are there sides and why argue if climate change is real or not? While I think that climate change as a result of human action is certainly probable, is it really possible to prove? We certainly didn't have the ability to measure the atmospheric quality or even the temperatures 10,000 years ago. We know for a fact that average temperatures have gone up and down throughout history. I will say, though, that the level of increase in our current trend, is concerning.
I don't think this is the argument we should be wasting our time with, let's leave it to the scientists. I bet if you asked most people if they think clean air (which also includes the ability to be out in the sun without scorching oneself) and clean water should be a right - I would guess that nearly everyone would agree. It makes me so sad to think of all the children and even adults that suffer from poor air quality. It makes me so upset when I read about the many, many cities and even small municipalities with poor drinking water or even water that is unfit to bath in like in East Chicago, Indiana or Flint, Michigan or even smaller towns in California and elsewhere with unsafe levels of chromium 6.
If you get to the heart of the matter and leave out the argument about climate change - wouldn't everyone agree that every child should be able to breathe clean air and drink clean water. To be able to fish and eat that fish. To eat nutrient rich food - not food that comes from nutrient depleted soils.
If alternate green energies are less polluting than oil/natural gas can't almost anyone agree (except if they are making huge money from the oil/natural gas industry! Or our politicians that get PAC money from these industries.) that we should convert our energy systems?
The government does need to play a huge role in our environmental standards because the corporation almost never will. It is a travesty that the Trump administration is gutting the EPA. Sure, there was probably waste and bureacracy and probably they weren't (obviously they weren't under Obama) doing their job of protecting American citizens. However, the EPA or similar is a governmental agency that is critical in protecting the basic right of life as pointed out in the Declaration of Indpendence. On the other hand, our constitution does not specifically point out health as a right in any of the ammendments, but perhaps it is time to do so. Many other country's constitutions have included the right to health.
So instead of making this a Democratic versus Republican issue or even a climate change versus climate change denier fight, can't we all agree that it is the duty of our government and the duty of each of us as American citizens to protect and care for the earth so that it can provide for its human inhabitants. We need the help of the government to stand up to the corporate greed that is polluting our soil, air, and water.