Climate change, water, and a fierce little lady

Climate Change denial is a huge issue. With sea levels rising, as well as water temperature, there are shifts in the fundamental balance of the planet. However, while to the lay man we are only really beginning to take notice of the effects of the warming of the planet, effects that are causing major natural disasters to occur globally and more frequently over the last 20 years or so, scientists have noted that our planet has been warming much faster in the last 1,300 years or so, than ever before in the history of this planet’s existence. The cause of this? Humans.

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I’ve been reading a very interesting website: NASAs Climate Change Programme

It details how over the course of the milenia, “there have been seven cycles of glacial advance and retreat, with the abrupt end of the last ice age about 7,000 years ago marking the beginning of the modern climate era. […]”, and provides evidence that humans are the cause. Go on, check it out and share the knowledge!

So, what can you do?

The link below that I have re-posted for you really highlights the very small changes that each one of us can make it in order to save water. It just takes a small amount of effort to see big changes.

A resource I’ve taken for granted – How to actually save it

While at home it is one thing to be able to make these changes more easily, but perhaps it is more difficult at work? I think that entirely depends on the company for which you work, and so I find myself in the fortunate position of being an office manager for an SME business. This means that at work I can try not to waste anything – I buy Fair Trade and organic fruit, coffee and other kitchen supplies, not forgetting the bio and green cleaning products for the cleaners. I also ensure that all toner cartridges and waste products from the printers are sent back to the manufacturers to be refilled/reused, that non-confidential papers and card are recycled, as well as any soft plastics, Tetra Pak packaging, tins, cans, glass, and basically anything that can be recycled. By doing so, I got our company the Green Eco Label here in Luxembourg.

Luxembourg is quite good at being green, despite the number of cars that cram into the little country every Mon-Fri from neighbouring countries, the commuters driving into work from France, Belgium and Germany. There are recycling points everywhere. We are very fortunate that the State encourages recycling programmes. Does yours?

Do you have the opportunity to make changes at home or at work? And if you are able to do so, would you? Do you believe these changes will make an impact, or do you think it’s too late for us?

There was one lady who didn’t give up for decades; didn’t give up protesting against Nuclear Disarmament, Climate Change Denial, and more. She passed away recently, and this clip touched me:

Peace.

 

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14 thoughts on “Climate change, water, and a fierce little lady

    1. Well, there’s 2 points there: a) humans are responsible for speeding up the effect by thousands of years – global warming in and as of itself happens naturally every millennia, and b) apparently it was a meteorite that annihilated the dinosaurs – unless a different fact has come to light? Even facts have half lives though!

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      1. You see the problem with history it is told by bunch of people who weren’t there… I’m very skeptical when it comes to such things as “facts” when we still have a hard time figuring out where we, as a species, originated from…

        Now, are humans responsible for speeding up the effect of global warming? Maybe. Maybe not. How can we be sure when we can’t even make it out of our own solar system or even dig through our core mantle?

        What I’m trying to explain is that some other unknown phenomenons may be at sake, like a missing piece of the puzzle. I find it very ironic how we try to explain natural events but we’re not even considered to be a type 1 civilization.

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      2. I see your point, which is also the reason I mentioned facts have half lives – as we ‘progress’ (and that in itself is a questionable theory), we discover new ways of testing things, which in turn end up proving or disproving many theories and/or facts. Global warming is not a theory – it is a fact, one that scientists have been harping on about to governments for decades, but governments who are made up of humans – and therein lies the issue; human nature – who tend to ignore things they don’t want to know about for various reasons (greed, ignorance, hatred, etc.).
        Do you not believe in evolution then? As a species it’s already been proven from where we originate. When I was a child they didn’t know how the earth was formed – but now 20 years later, through advances in science, we know it was a big bang, a collision of 2 planets, that created Mother Earth. And if people out there use the ‘fact’ that we are not a type 1 civilisation as a reason to not believe global warming is occurring, I just have no idea what to say to that… maybe: science exists so that humans can explain the ‘impossible’, kind of the way in which quantum physics explains magic. Moreover, each of us is responsible for the earth – we owe her everything, and she owes us nothing. Just because you can’t see global warming over the course of decades, you must be able to see the deforestation of the Amazon, global light pollution, the smog in Bangkok from the heat and carbon monoxide from the cars, etc. None of that pollution predated the industrial revolution of the 18th century, so of course the atmosphere wasn’t being poisoned back then. So if people don’t believe in global warming, and us being the cause of the speed up, then we’re all screwed!

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      3. A) Global warming is not a theory – it is a fact, one that scientists have been harping on about to governments for decades, but governments who are made up of humans – and therein lies the issue; human nature – who tend to ignore things they don’t want to know about for various reasons (greed, ignorance, hatred, etc.).

        Global warming is indeed a fact. However there’s a reason why I believe human beings aren’t the cause. Let me explain this from a scientist stand of point. It has been observed that the Universe is expanding, correct?

        Now picture the Universe as a very thick and large rubber-band like the one as follow (http://i49.tinypic.com/2j4cao4.jpg)

        What happens when you stretch a rubber-band? The material starts warming up as it expands until it expands so thin that it collapses and become cold. This is the global warming. If it is true that the Universe has been observed to expand, global warming followed by an Ice Age would of happened regardless of human presence.

        Now I agree that greed has something to do with the global warming since it is a proven marketing strategy that shaming people and making them feel bad about something is more likely to get them to buy the solution you are trying to provide. Have you not noticed how the “eco-market” has grown up since they announced that global warming was our fault? Which fault is it really? Ask yourself that question.

        B) Do you not believe in evolution then? As a species it’s already been proven from where we originate. When I was a child they didn’t know how the earth was formed – but now 20 years later, through advances in science, we know it was a big bang, a collision of 2 planets, that created Mother Earth.

        Darwin theory of evolution is just what it states it is: A theory. Not every scientist agree with it because there are serious missing puzzle pieces that I will not elaborate here since it would take way too long.

        The big bang theory is plausible. However there are many issues involved with that theory. One of the main issue is there is no answer to the question: ”What was before the big bang?” Emptiness? Nobody truly knows.

        So do I believe in the evolution theory? I say it is plausible but not absolute.

        Do I believe the big bang theory explains our origins? Plausible but not absolute.

        One thing I truly believe we are indeed cosmic beings made of space stuff (if you swing by my blog I made a post about that). Yes we come from space, but how, when and where are still just theories…

        C) And if people out there use the ‘fact’ that we are not a type 1 civilisation as a reason to not believe global warming is occurring, I just have no idea what to say to that… maybe: science exists so that humans can explain the ‘impossible’, kind of the way in which quantum physics explains magic.

        Since I have already explained what I believe to be global warming I will use this spot to elaborate on why being at a certain level of civilisation is important for our understanding of natural events and Universal phenomenons. As you may already know, the different types of civilization first appeared in the Kardashev scale which is a method of measuring a civilization’s level of technological advancement, based on the amount of energy a civilization is able to utilize directed towards communication.

        A Type I civilization is able to utilize and store energy available from its neighboring star which reaches their planet.

        Being able to do that, would require a serious amount of knowledge about how natural events occur and work. Since we`re not even at that point of the scale, it explains a lot about our general understanding of natural phenomenons. In other words, we still explain things from a Type 0 civilization.

        A type 0 is a civilization that harnesses the energy of its home planet, but not to its full potential just yet.

        Having said this, as our understanding, knowledge and wisdom evolve, we will be able to explain things in a different light. Remember how they used to think the Earth was flat? Well, it is the same thing here.

        Today we believe global warming is our fault, in few years from now we will maybe realize that the rubber-band theory is more plausible from a scientific stand point. They may already know this rubber-band theory but it wouldn’t be profitable.

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      4. Thanks you – that was a very enlightening comment, with lots of new information of which I wasn’t aware, and to which I actually agree… I have to say, I do always muse about the fact that we have an “organic and bio” section in the supermarket; makes one wonder what all the other produce is, if not organic… LOL

        We’re so consumer driven that we don’t even realise it’s all a big joke! Personally, I would prefer to find a little place off grid and do all my own looking after, so I don’t fall into the consumer world. Unfortunately though, cost of land and house prices seems to always be on the rise, and the thought of being in debt for nigh on EUR500k just for a house is so freaky to me, so how does one break away from the ever circling norms thrown at us?

        Thank you again – I’m going to do some reading up on the different types of civilisation that you’ve highlighted there.

        Wish you a fantastic weekend! 🙂

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      1. I hope you get to nap a bit or more sleep tonight! I woke up few hours ago and it’s not even 9 am.

        It was a long article but a great read over all… So now I guess you understand better what I was trying to explain to you?

        There rumors that have been circulating in the scientific community for decades. Rumors about Nikola Tesla discovering a new form of energy that would of been free for everybody to use however his operations were shut down by this so called “elite group” as they were profiting from fossil fuels.

        Strangely, after they’ve announced Global Warming, they slowly started to manufacture electric cars by Tesla Motors… and advertise more on solar power and wind turbines.

        I strongly believe, we could of grown up from Type 0 civilization to Type 1 civilization long time ago. But the war on energy is profitable to a certain “elite group” also called “the 1%”.

        They are extremely greedy and control majority of Earth’s resources when it should all be free as there are enough in abundance. Needless to say, they benefit from human ignorance and most of us are blind slaves.

        Communism could be one of the answers but it does not eliminate the fact the “elite” still remains in power. There must be another way… According to me, I think if we were all critical and skeptical thinkers, that would be a much better start to shift the Planet’s consciousness.

        The main issue in reaching enlightenment, a lot of people fear authority and also deny reality. We all know people like that. People that rather take it in the ass so they stay safe than standing alone outside the box. Those people consciously serve the “elite” by consciously staying enslaved.

        I don’t know what do you think….?

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      2. What I find so hilarious (because of the irony) about what you’ve said above, is that I believe exactly the same as you… so, while I promote that the individual should do his/her bit to make a small difference on a local level, I also am really active when it comes to getting big conglomerates and corporations to “man-up” to their decisions and the responsibility that comes with their power… 38degrees.org, care2, avaaz, the Climate Change org, someofus.org… and the list goes on, and I’m involved in most.

        But I do agree with you – I’ve often thought that communism is a great theory, but put it into practice, and once gets the same old bureaucratic BS.

        Humans are just human – there are the dickheads, and the ones who are more conscientious… we will never convince the richest 1% of the world to share their wealth, or convince them to be responsible capitalists… so while the majority of the world is actually heading towards enlightenment, there are those dinosaurs out there who will keep their grubby hands on all that power and won’t give a shite about anything or anyone else.

        But that’s cool too – everybody gotta die, innit?

        Sleep is for the innocent; I’ve a wicked side too 😉 this is dinner with a lovely friend of mine, last night was dinner with my sis, and tomorrow eve is a 5th birthday bash for a local magazine… think I’ll probably sleep on Friday eve 😀

        Peace & love x

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