Sigh. Social media is THE way to get important content out fast to your followers and others on the web. But sadly, the source behind the message can immediately shut down a follower or web surfer. If I cite a Grist, Climate Reality, Huffington Post, or The Guardian story about climate change, some readers will ignore the content for the source while others will read every word start to finish.
We all have our biases and preconceived notions, and draw conclusions and judge quality of content based on a number of things, including the source of media. And Internet search engines know what we like to read, see, and hear, strengthening our biases and ultimately, myopic digestion of information. So dear reader, I’m not citing any media source this morning but will make a few simple observations.
- It’s hot in the Adirondacks. As I type this entry, the thermometer reads 71 Fahrenheit. This is May in Northern New York. We will get in the 90s today. 20 degrees too hot.
- It’s been raining a lot around the country. Texas again wins the prize for the heaviest rains. 16 inches in Central Texas in a short 12 hours. That’s three times the snowfall we got in the Southern Adirondacks for the entire 2015/16 winter–Just sayin.
- The Pacific Ocean along the California Coast is 5 degrees Fahrenheit warmer than average. That’s not good news for marine life that don’t have fins to swim away from the heat.
- 2016 will be the hottest year ever recorded. 2015 was the previously hottest year. And 2014 was the hottest year ever before 2015. There’s a trend here.
- The Great Barrier Reef is dying from ocean thermal heating. That is but another tragedy.
There are solutions to mitigate the damage and adapt to climate change.
- Stop burning fossil fuels.
- Change our diets to eat less meat and more fruits, vegetables, and grains.
- Support political leaders who understand the urgency of climate change and will act for climate solutions.
- Reduce our carbon footprints by using less energy, eating low on the food chain….etc
- Plant trees, invest in renewables, etc
- Listen to the scientists and stop questioning climate change.
I could go on, but that’s not necessary. The most important thing all of us can do is vote in November to elect our next President. We can not afford to sit home and see what happens. This planet deserves leaders who will support the Paris Climate Agreement, The U.S. Clean Power Plan, and all other global, national, state, and regional climate solution initiatives. We can and must do this.