I am a fan of Bill McKibben who recently published a hard hitting opinon piece in The Washington Post about the connection between climate change and recent extreme weather events. I respect his opinion, the way he founded the 350.org movement and the action that this movement has promoted throughout the globe.
He has written quite a few books on the subject of climate change including, “Eaarth”, “Fight Global Warming Now”, and “The End of Nature” as well as many more.
Besides stating the obvious that the media should stop reporting individual events without correlation to the bigger picture i.e. climate change, the video has a stab at our relationship and obsession with fossil fuel powered energy and that of ever increasing CO₂-e emissions. It also has a go at the U.S. House of Representatives for their crazy vote against the existence of man-made global warming. Even Australia’s recent floods, droughts and crop failures get a mention amongst other global events.
It is time that we all connected the dots and took a step back to see the bigger picture. Yes it is scary, and yes, we may have locked in 2°C of warming already (so the scientists tell us), but we can reverse the process if we take strong action now. If you haven’t done so already, have a go at lowering your own CO₂-e emissions. It is as simple as being mindful of those extra lights that you may have left on in that empty room, or buying and using a clothes airer instead of using the clothes dryer, or composting your own food scraps. There are so many things that individuals can do instead of waiting for governments to act, and you will save a few bucks and our race in the process.
Anyway, a guy called Stephen Thomson took the Bill’s opinion piece and turned it into a video. Here it is, and the message is loud and clear. Caution, Sarcasm alert!
So what are you waiting for? Connect the dots yourself and start your sustainable living journey now!