A recent post over at Mark's, which was related to a recent post over at Archer's, got me thinking about global warming and other issues related to the environment.
With the amount of scientists who state that global warming is a reality, I tend to believe that global warming is a reality. Yeah, I know lots of big businesses and rabid righties have found scientists who say global warming's all a bunch of left-wing bullshit, but the smoking industry also had doctors who claimed smoking isn't bad for you.
The problem, however, is that global warming is future tense. It's talked about in terms of "saving the planet for future generations." Yes, there are people who try to tie current weather patterns and systems to global warming, but it's not like we're suddenly skipping winter and sweating to death in February. Well, those of us who live in places that actually have four seasons. For the most part, we go about our lives dealing with the annoying unpredictability of the weather. Just as we have for a long, long freaking time.
So as much as it might be a reality that our polluting actions -- as individuals, as businesses and as governments -- are indeed having an adverse affect on our atmosphere, it's not tangible enough for us to really care. And yet, that's been the major focus of environmentalists -- try to get us as a society to stop polluting in order to slow global warming.
It seems to me that the much more effective tactic would be to try to get us as a society to stop polluting in order to keep us from getting cancer right the hell now. That's what they used to do, before global warming catapulted to the top of the landfill. They used to talk about pollution as it affected us today. The immediate and irrefutable impact of pollution on our health, the health of our children, the health of our parents, and the health of everyone on the planet.
When you breathe polluted air, it's going to be bad for you. When you drink polluted water, it's going to be bad for you. When you eat polluted food, it's going to be bad for you.
That's the reason for us to care. That's the reason for us to protect our air, water and land. Because it's hurting us right now.
I absolutely care about future generations. But my concept of future generation is firmly rooted in the three children I see and touch and love every day. It's with my nieces and nephews, and my cousins' kids. That future generation is alive, right now.
And I'd really like for all of us to not be breathing, drinking and eating shit.
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