They have been talking about climate change for as long as I can remember. I remember them talking about Global Warming in grade school and that has to be at least 10 years ago. While I lived in America I never saw a great deal of talk about the environment, nothing much after 9/11 but local and national news and speculation about 9/11.
It seems to be the top of the news agenda that climate change is happening and will continue. It is a scary thought for those of us who are old enough now to understand what is going on behind and in front of the curtain. The BBC did a study that talked about climate change and it will affect us in the future. The extreme weather of late is just the beginning. They talked about major flooding and because England is an island nation this is a serious issue.
Talks about saving the environment are common place, everyone has to recycle and use their cars less. The scary part about all of this is it seems that we are taking action too late. The damage to the Ozone layer of the atmosphere has been growing for years. The efforts of England and other European countries to save the environment will not go far without the biggest user and abuser of energy, the United States taking some serious action to curb its energy use.
I spoke to my mother last night about these issues as I just could not seem to relax before going to sleep, too many worries piling up. She said that the way that the world is going, if she were a young woman now she would seriously consider not having children as what will be around for them is unknown. I know that the BBC study about the long term climate change was targeted at the year 2080 and by then I will be 80 years old, but as much as is being done at this time to save the environment, it still isn’t enough.
It seems to me that it will not be the residents of these countries using the most fossil fuels, electricity and all the other things we are running out of, it is the businesses. Many years ago McDonalds stopped using Styrofoam in their packaging to prevent the leaking of CFC’s into the atmosphere. Styrofoam takes hundreds of years to decompose and it is just one nail in the coffin of our environment.
We recycle in this household, but it is very difficult. They do not collect anything but paper, but we are required to recycle paper, bottles, tin, everything we can. We have to take that stuff to a recycling centre which is not on the doorstep and to do that we have to drive. They should provide residents with bin like the one we have for trash that is partitioned inside for bottles, paper etc, and collect it from us. That would at least have less cars on the road trying to save the environment by recycling while polluting the atmosphere. Not to mention we have to hold the garbage for recycling in the house before we can go, so it is highly inconvenient.
So yes, I am scared about the future. What will my children, should I have them, have to use in their lifetimes? Will people be taking their containers back to the supermarket to have them refilled rather than just getting a new plastic, non-decomposing bottle each week? Will the government make it easier for people to buy fuel efficient or electric cars? Will it ever be made just illegal to drive an SUV unless you have a good reason to do so?
These are the questions that I am asking as I see the climate change outside the window in front of me. The extreme windy weather of late is testament to changing conditions, not to mention that there are times outside that you don’t even need a jacket in January?
ITV have produced a documentary about the Antarctic melting… People get it is happening now. Are we going to see some more aggressive action before the world self destructs?