Seriously, things are good so what’s the fuss about the climate? I don’t really feel any big changes in my life. Yup, today is but another typical day. I woke up and brewed my Costa Rican dark roast coffee, had some granola cereal, ate a banana, and stopped at the supermarket for some California organic grapes and locally baked raspberry cookies. Then off for my 14 mile commute to work. There were no severe weather events to deal with. I didn’t have any water issues, and the sky is blue and temperatures comfortable. Life is good.
I’ll fess up that I did hear a few things on the radio that briefly caught my attention. I guess California is doing a really good job water rationing as they cope with their historic drought (Thank God. Those red grapes from California are delicious!). The fires in Washington state have expanded to an area the size of Rhode Island (Isn’t Rhode Island like one of the smallest states in the US?), and New York has started this new downtown flood control project in preparation for the next Superstorm Sandy. Oh, and I did hear that Salmon runs in Washington and Alaska are down nearly 90% due to a lack of water from the drought (Yes, but did I mention how delicious my salmon dinner was?). This climate change stuff is far removed, and all in all, doesn’t seem to impact me.
C’est la vie. Many of us live comfortably with the discomforting news of climate change easily exorcised by the click of a button. News of the slow and steady churn of rising sea levels, dwindling species, increasing temperatures, etc… are such that they’ve become the new norm. And we proceed with our lives failing to realize the climate change urgency upon us. We know if we get too serious about the issue people will freak out and shut down, helpless to act or deal with this omnipresent force of nature–a force we tampered with. We opened up the Pandora’s Box of climate change through relentless extraction of natural resources, and it’s time to stop pretending everything is honky dory and start getting serious. We can begin by electing political leaders who understand climate change and have climate solutions that include a quick end to fossil fuels and a new market model driven by sustainability rather than consumption.