The protestors that cut through the fence and broke into a secure area to deface buildings at the Y-12 National Security Complex, the Oak Ridge, Tennessee facility* that stores and processes uranium, should consider refocusing their efforts on a more insidious threat to the future of the planet. While all-out nuclear war would indeed be a global disaster, it is less likely to occur than in fact the global disaster which IS apparently full-speed ahead and is not being taken seriously enough.
What the little old nun and her two middle-aged cohorts should focus on is Climate Change. But, so should we all.
Here’s what we have to look forward to with Climate Change: longer droughts, bigger floods, the loss of coastline and cities that are on the coast, acidification of the oceans and the eventual death of many species of sea creatures including those we depend upon as a food source, hotter temperatures, more storms – stronger hurricanes and tornadoes, worse pest problems, more disease – including the regeneration of some diseases like the bubonic plague, more and bigger wildfires, more air pollution, less food for everyone, mass extinctions, and in general, less water where it’s needed – more where it’s not.
The problem with the Climate Change problem, what makes it so dangerous, is that it’s sneaky. Scientist tried to tell us it was coming, but we – the United States’ “we” here – didn’t take it seriously because we didn’t see it in our daily lives … I mean who cares about the Polar bears?! As long as we can still get a good steak at Longhorn, let the bears swim, for crying out loud. (being facetious here) Americans continue to be Americans – good people, but historically, until the crisis is staring us in the face, we’re pretty complacent on the whole. WE Americans can be summed up as Winston Churchill said: You can always count on Americans to do the right thing – after they’ve tried everything else.
Aah, but this summer has seen the crisis brought to our own backyards. This Summer has provided THE HOTTEST JULY EVER in the United States. And, we ALL felt it.
Has this GLOBAL WARMING been caused by mankind or is it a naturally occurring cycle? WHO CARES?!
it doesn’t really matter now because global warming has caused a climate change that many scientists such as those at the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change believe cannot be stopped. We can still “mitigate” global warming if we act fast, but the ball is rolling downhill. Mitigation can put a few bumps on the hill to slow climate change and keep the situation from being QUITE SO BAD, but it’s still going to happen.
Let’s take a moment here to define some terms that we’re using in this, and future blog posts at IX Power.
Global Warming is: Not the same thing as Climate Change! (They frequently are used interchangeably, but that is incorrect.) Global warming is the human-instigated rise in temperatures caused by too much carbon dioxide, methane and other greenhouse gases in the atmosphere.
Climate Change is: the EFFECTS that Global Warming has on the earth. Climate Change is the effects on the earth’s natural processes and the impacts that are the result – stronger storms, worse droughts, melting polar ice, etc.
Mitigation is the set of actions that reduce greenhouse gas emissions that generate global warming.
Adaptation is the actions that we can take to reduce the impacts of climate change – rising sea levels, strong storms, worse droughts, etc.
Mitigation is important – yes, we should continue to do things to reduce greenhouse gases – but the horse is out of the barn. Scientists, including those at the IPCC – Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change believe that even if we took really drastic measures to reduce global warming today, we are still going to have climate change and its impacts. But, of course, since no one is taking drastic measures, we are most likely on our way to a slow hell. We need to now focus at least as much effort on ADAPTING to climate change, as we should to mitigating global warming. Actually, we must do more, since not enough is being done to mitigate global warming.
ADAPTATION – getting ready for the next 40 years so that fewer people, animals and ecosystems have to die, should be the concern of not just the Y-12 protestors, but all of us. And I mean ALL. Just because you are wealthy, or your corporation is big and healthy, does not mean you shouldn’t care. EVERYONE is going to be impacted.
Stay tuned to this blog – we’ll be talking more – not just about MITIGATING GLOBAL WARMING, but ADAPTING TO CLIMATE CHANGE as well …
* According to the Y-12 web site: The Y‑12 National Security Complex is one of four production facilities in the National Nuclear Security Administration’s Nuclear Security Enterprise. Their unique emphasis is the processing and storage of uranium and development of technologies associated with those activities.