Idalia, has brought to our attention the seriousness of climate change. Before Idalia, there were earthquakes and floods in California and before that, there was the heat wave in the Southwest, USA. Fires in Canada and even more devastating in Hawaii. In a word, climate change is here and if something isn’t done, it, along with wars, will spell the end of the human race. I’m including war because the damage done to the earth and the atmosphere attributes to the weathering change.
I’ve been reading Al Gore, former Vice President’s sobering book, An Inconvenient Truth. Al Gore has been a lifetime student of the ecology. According to Mr. Gore, the devastation is moving faster than realized, with pictures, graphs, and statistics that even a child could understand. Al Gore has made a major contribution to enlighten us relative to the climate changes devastation and challenged us to do something about it. I know that there are those who are asking what brought about the change in the climate and so:
“In a preindustrial world just the right amount for the sun’s energy was soaked up by greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. It was a wonderfully balanced system and accounts for why earth is sometimes called the Goldilocks planet. Neither too hot like Venus with its thick poisonous atmosphere nor too cold like Mars, which practically has no atmosphere at all.
But when too much of the atmosphere is made up of greenhouse gases it leads to global warming. The suns energy centers in the atmosphere, some of that energy warms up the earth and its atmosphere then are radiated back into space in the form of infrared radiation. But greenhouse gas soaks up some of the infrared preventing it from escaping into space. The problem we now face is that the atmosphere is being filled by huge quantities of human caused carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases. This traps a lot of the infrared radiation that would otherwise escape. As a result, the temperature of the earth’s atmosphere and oceans is getting dangerously warmer. The amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere can be measured.
Because of the changed atmosphere around the earth generated by greenhouse gases. They are the gases in our atmosphere that holds heat, such as carbon dioxide, methane, and nitrous oxide. They maintain an average temperature on earth of 59°F. Without greenhouse gases the earth’s surface temperature will drop below 0°F. But trouble has risen because industry, technology and our modern lifestyle releases too much of these greenhouse gases and that not good. Of all of the greenhouse gases, carbon dioxide usually gets top billing because it accounts for 80% of total greenhouse gas emissions. They release CO2 when we burn natural gas, coal used in homes, cars, factories and power plants cutting down forests and producing cement also releases CO2.”
It has been proven scientifically, carbon dioxide, which is a major contributor that has increased dramatically over the years. Mr. Gore says that there is still time for us to Save the Planet, but we have to change our lifestyle. I have been saying it for years, we have to Save the Planet and Save the People. We must cease wars and make changes on earth before it is too late.
In the next several weeks I plan to commence a series of workshops on the subject on climate change. And the part that war plays on influencing climate change. Briefly and simply what happens is before the industrial revolution the significant changes in our lifestyle and the climate change. Heretofore the earth’s atmosphere has struck an amazing balance. The atmosphere around the earth is very thin and can influence what the gasses that emanates out of the earth. Then the sun rays which plays its part and can no longer penetrate completely through the earth so that the sun rays return back to outer space the sun in infrared light and all was well.
“The fierce urgency,” to quote one of Dr. King’s favorite sayings is applicable now in regards to war and weather.
Sign up at the link provided, if you’re interested in attending the workshops. Depending on the level of interest we will proceed with our preparation and hopefully start on the Wed, Sept. 27th or Wed, Oct. 4th.Let us know what day you decide to join us. It may be that God is calling you to be on a mission with us to Save the Planet and Save the People!