We have known about man made climate change for a very long time. The greenhouse effect was discovered in 1824 by Joseph Fourier. He surmised that it was the process by which absorption and emission of infrared radiation by atmospheric gases warm a planet’s lower atmosphere and surface.
Since that time scientists have gone on to discover that human activity in the form of burning fossil fuels has released vast quantities of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere which has lead to increased radiative forcing, and therefore heating the surface of our planet Earth. It is this heating that is causing the climate chaos that we are witnessing all around us today, especially at the poles and in Australia.
Today, I stumbled upon a very old video clip that disturbed me. Global Warming, or Climate Change as it is now known as, was taught to students in the US back as early as 1958! Yes, folks. We have known for a long time, and most have chosen to ignore the consequences of our actions.
This is what the author of this YouTube video posted with the clip;
“For FIFTY YEARS scientists have known about global warming. This excerpt is from the well known educational documentary "Unchained Goddess" produced by Frank Capra for Bell Labs for their television program "The Bell Telephone Hour." It was so well made, that it went on to live a continued life in middle school science classrooms across the nation for decades.
Nearly half a century before Al Gore’s "Inconvenient Truth," this film was made. But what does it reveal? That our scientists have known for over two generations about this danger, but our politicians and citizenry have chosen to ignore the dangerous implications of this fact until it really is too late to avoid the preventable consequences.
Perhaps we deserve our fate. “
I hope you all learned a little from this clip. I learnt that just because someone presents the facts in an understandable form, it doesn’t mean that we will act upon it until we actually see things changing before our eyes. It is basic human nature. What really disturbs me is that we can see the effects of our actions now, but people still refuse to change. Unfortunately, I believe that change will be forced upon us by the Earth, but by then it will be far too late.
In the mean time, I pledge that I will continue to do everything within my control to influence and educated people about the simple actions they can take to reduce their personal carbon footprint so that we may have some glimmer of hope of averting climate chaos.