I have learned a great deal these last 975 days on the Trust Tour. For my final few days I feel compelled to share my position on key issues facing our world. Like most of these tough issues, this topic tends to polarize people.
Chief Joseph once said, “It does not take many words to tell the truth.”
My “current” position on Global Warming is: I need to act as if I am the problem. I have to assume it is happening even though I really don’t know if the planet is warming or not. It seems that every day some respected scientist comes out with a new statement about the record temps and the inevitability that humans are behind it. If there is even a remote possibility that humans are causing the globe to warm, then I have no choice but to act as if it is happening.
I don’t know about you but I am a heavy consumer. I like my freedoms and use them often. I like my lifestyle but at times it creates an amazing amount of waste. Small example is I sometimes like to get take-out food for my family of 4. Have you ever seen the amount of garbage take out meals create? It fills a kitchen can. I also love to travel and do it often. I drive everywhere, sometimes just for pleasure. I leave the lights on more than I should. I stay cool in the summer and warm in the winter. I have grown up in the unlimited energy world; I like it! I do not want to live without it.
However, it is time for me to look in the mirror as it relates to energy consumption (I have more than my fair share in my belly alone) and I need to take a honest look at my life the way I am using energy. If the scientist are wrong and we are not warming the earth, then all I did was create some short term discomfort for myself. But if the scientist are right then the consequences could be massive, especially for future generations. I don’t want to leave them with a planet that is sick, it would be a betrayal of epic proportions.
Sometimes I can imagine humans to be like a cancer on the surface of the earth. While we gorge ourselves on the earth resources, we seem to have no awareness that we will die along with the host we are feeding off of. Some of us actually speak openly that we can have as much as we want and there will be no consequences. Many of us listen because it is exactly what we want to hear. Who wants to believe it is possible we are killing each other by destroying the environment?
Trust me, I hope none of this is happening. All I can do is take responsibility for my actions.