There is an interesting thing about Americans. Unless you have a deliberate conversation regarding politics, there is no way for you to know what party a person is supportive of. I guarantee that if you where in a room with 10 strangers, there is no obvious way to tell whether they are republican, democrat, independent or even disinterested.
If the subject comes up, you would be surprised by the details of each person’s beliefs. As a democrat, I am always interested in hearing the point of view from everyone including Trump supporters and Republicans in general. Since I live at the ocean, the subject of the environment is a common topic. Some people don’t realize what goes into cleaning up a mess such as a minor fuel leak from a fishing boat. The truth is that if you see it first hand, you are happy that someone is cleaning it up, even though there is usually a huge beaurocratic system in play. When I was younger, no one worried about the environment.
With regard to Climate change, I have had some heated discussions with friends who defend the president when it comes to the validity of the scientists conclusions about climate change. A thoughtful argument is the “so called” effects that global climate change is having on areas of the world such as the Grand Canyon. My dear friend Jason claims that the Grand Canyon demonstrates that climate change is a hoax. He maintains that the Grand Canyon was created by erosion and that the canyon has not been effected by any changes in the environment.
In the interest of disclosure, I am no expert on environmental science.
The simple argument to his theory is that first off, the Grand Canyon was created by a massive climate change event. The thawing of the earth caused huge water gushes across the lands which in turn caused the erosion of places like the Grand Canyon. The Colorado river which runs at the base of the canyon is now the size of a ravine compared to millions of years ago.
The climate event that we all or most familiar with was the ice age…The ice age and the recurring major freezing events started at least two million years ago. Scientists believe that the freezing of the earth was caused by a major shift in the earths orbit or tilt on it’s axes as well as plate shifting within the worlds continental masses. As a result the world froze over. The remnants of the ice age that we are more familiar with is huge glaciers that were left especially in the Antarctic and places like Alaska.
The Global Crisis we are facing now is the opposite of the events millions of years ago. Instead of freezing, the world is getting warmer. Scientist believe that the earth is getting warmer much faster as a result of the emissions introduced by humans. The change is happening right now during our lifetime instead of millions of years in the future. There was a time in the not too distant past that humans produced no real significant carbon into the atmosphere. Thus the melting glaciers and global weather events were nothing like they are today. Today, the human race has been emitting catastrophic amounts of carbon dioxide and other human produced pollutants into our atmosphere. The results can be seen by just taking a few minutes to study the changes. There are thousands of examples of the accelerating effects of global warming in our world.
Nobody believes that the Grand Canyon is going to collapse in on itself any time soon. The more serious effects of global warming in the Grand Canyon as a result of warmer temperatures include changes in the environment of habitat and their eventual demise if something doesn’t change. Game, plants fish and birds are already experiencing the change. Surprisingly, there will even be negative effects on the native American population who live within the canyon.
The weather around the world is changing and becoming more extreme. These changes can not be explained away by “normal” twenty year weather cycles or even hundreds or thousand year reoccurring weather phenomena’s.
Even a tiny, minute change In water temperature causes oceans to rise. An example of what warm water creates, is chemical reactions in the water and land causing acidity in the waters close to land. As a result, fish migration is and will continue to change causing the fish to seek and stay in colder cleaner waters farther away from land. The migration patterns of billions of sea life species are effected. These are changes that haven’t happened in millions of years. speaking of acid and chemicals, there is an accelerated degradation of limestone both underwater and on land. The Grand Canyon has major layers of limestone in it’s structure.
At the end of the day, just having debate is healthy. Climate change is not affected by politics nor religion. The world has acknowledged that we need to do something now if future generations of human kind are to survive. That starts with adhering to and adjusting our behavior as well as being caretakers of our environment every day within our daily lives. Interestingly, a large part of the business community support the efforts, at the very least, because the future of business will thrive as we grow and continue to move towards the creation of more natural, sustainable products.
Who knows, maybe our great, great, great, great grandkids can text us in heaven and let us know how we did.