Global Warming Worries
WARNING: Yes this article is about global warming, but fear not, it isn’t one of those ‘have you seen the latest global temperature stats? They’re off the chart!’ (cue doomsday music) sort of article.
Instead it’s one humble person’s thoughts about a global phenomenon that has been described by some as the single biggest threat to humanity, and by her as the boogeyman: you can’t see it but you know it’s gonna get you.
Sorry to get nostalgic, but back when nobody had even heard of global warming there was a little problem known as the hole in the ozone layer.
People across the world blamed him for bad crops and the need to always ’slip, slop and slap’ when you went outside.
But then, all of a sudden, people stopped talking about the ozone. Our fears about this giant hole abated and in their place came global warming.
As far as I see it, there are two sides to this global debate: there’s the ‘not my problem, let my future descendants worry about it’ side and there’s the ’sky is falling, we’re all doomed,’ or as I like to call it, Chicken Little side.
Al Gore will tell you that glaciers are melting ten times faster than previously thought and that greenhouse gases have reached levels not seen for millions of years.
The former vice president with too much time on his hands will also tell you that extreme weather events and rising sea levels are what we have to look forward to if we don’t all buy hybrids.
But then again there’s equally believable sources such the seemingly endless array of skeptics and respected scientists who say climate change is all rubbish and we should continue with business as usual.
Now this is where I, a self confessed environmental worry wart, draw the line.
Whether you believe in global warming or not, it’s hard to object to what the eco nuts are preaching.
After all, these greenies are asking us to reduce our impact on the environment, so you’ve really got to have a grudge for the green not want to use less water, cut down less trees and stop going crazy with the plastic.
Honestly, what we’re being asked to do to save ourselves from cooking like a Sunday roast in the oven that is our globe is simple and hardly taxing.
And even if none of Gore’s nightmares come true, the environment will still thank us for switching off lights and recycling more.
Like all environmental soon-to-be-apocalypses, global warming shouldn’t be about whether we have enough hard evidence.
During the ‘hole in the ozone saga’ we learnt to go easy on the hairspray and not drive everywhere.
We got it through our thick heads that Mother Nature isn’t indestructible and changed our ways.
So whether you’re a global warming denier or believer, you shouldn’t say no to being nicer to the environment.
Instead you should do everything you can not to trash it.