LETTER Losing hope we’ll make changes needed to stop global warming – Saltwire
I’m rapidly losing hope that the world will unite in its defence of our shared biosphere. We’ve known about the dangers associated with global warming since the 1950s and 60s, but we’re still playing the same old games, avoiding the most important issue that we have ever faced.
Some of us are denying the science because the message is not to our liking.
Some of us refuse to believe science because they find some religious or political assumptions more satisfying.
There are those in influential commercial positions who try to ignore the problem because solving it would consume much of their financial profit.
It is the Western industrial societies that have caused global warming, leading to droughts and flooding. The Industrial Revolution of the 18th and 19th centuries began to damage our protective ozone layer, and we have steadily increased the rate of deterioration up to the present.
Overheated air dries out arable soils, killing crops and forcing people to migrate in search of a more welcoming climate. This is already happening in many parts of the world. We complain about migrants moving into our communities, but it is our own reckless industrial policies that forced them to leave their homes to seek new ones.
Overheated oceans cause melting in high polar regions, which leads to rising sea level and coastal flooding. This is happening now, mainly in the Pacific, but will soon affect heavily populated coastal cities. Maybe having our subway systems flooded will convince us to act, but by that time, it will already be too late.
Between the jigs and the reels, I’ve lost my belief in our ability to make the necessary changes to our industrial priorities. Corporate leaders are still trying to discredit the climate scientists, looking for excuses to ignore the warnings and continue raking in vast profits from destroying our home planet. We are so addicted to the products of industry that we applaud corporate foot-dragging and ridicule scientific evidence.
I’m too old to keep worrying about our communal lack of responsibility, so I’ll retreat from the battlefield. I’ll be dead and buried before the planet stops tolerating us, but I’ll never forgive the corporate elite who are endangering the lives of my children and grandchildren.
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