I get that correlation does not equal cause. But that assertion is desputable next to data. Even more subjective with evidence. Those aren’t terms I like to use in describing my future.
I suspect at the heart of the matter of this debate is the difference in school of thought, induction vs deduction, methodology, special interest and propaganda, and ethics. But most of all, like time and time again, at it’s core is money.
If I turned on a faucet and told you to stick your hand under the running water, how would you know it would be safe to do? Well you would have to know if the water is hot or cold. Are you going to take my word for it or see for yourself? Lets assume you know that hot water causes steam. You should know by the steam, and residual heat, that that water is hot, and thus not safe to put your hand under. You made an emperical deduction.
If you tell me not only is the planet getting warmer than it ever has been in the last 100 years or so without any indication of reverse trend, supported by geological, aquatic, and atmospheric data collected in the past 3 decades, coupled with the fact that there are more than twice as many people living on Earth than there were roughly 4 decades ago and growing, and finally with some of the most powerful weather phenomonon witnessed in just the past decade alone including drouts, floods, wildfires, and monsterous storms, even if I was the worst skeptic, I’d take heed if only out of a slight fear. This evidence is not manufactured and you can observe it for yourself. That’s my heated faucet.
The argument is not if the Earth is getting warmer. It is. These arent isolated events. They’re global. That’s been established. Great. Hopegully we haven’t reached any kinds of tipping points but we probably wouldn’t know even if we did. The argument seems to be, what do we have to do with it?
I believe we have everything to do with it. I believe we are the problem and the solution. I believe we are if not facilitators, the prime perputrators and we will only have ourselves to blame if we allow the planet to go into ruin for the price of ideology printed on paper (money)
We’ve selfishly incorporated, scoured, and harvested it’s surface. Distrupted ecosystems, killed off and endangered species, and dumped enough chemicals into the environment to last thousands of years well beyond our time. This place is the only one we know that has supported complex and intelligent biodiversity. This is the root of everything we know. This is the root of one of my greatest depressions. Vitality, the infinite, you, me, us, anything, we wager for the finite. For the inconsequencial. The disregard for life when we have come to understand our own being and the intracacies of life baffles me. Instead of an awe, respect and understanding, we’ve responded with war, greed and neglect. I’m disgusted at times. But I look into the face of a child and say to myself maybe there is a chance. If we or the ones before us can’t fix it, maybe somewhere down the line a few people will grow to become bold and empowered and say “enough”. Because its not some unknown few that should decide our fate for us. It’s we who should decide ourselves. Just gotta wake up…