Saving the Earth for Our Grandchildren

I’ll be 62 this month. Even if I live another 30 years, I won’t have to suffer much from the effects of global warming.

Some more uncomfortably hot days, a few more storms, perhaps more expenses for air conditioning. I’ll be gone before it gets too hot.

My children are in their late 20s. By the time they are ready to retire, they’ll be facing a different world for their “golden” years. Dangerously hot summers will be common across the southern U.S. Coastal cities in Louisiana and Florida will be flooded. Thousands of animal and plant species will be extinct, with huge dead zones in the oceans. Unless we act now, these disasters will then accelerate during the lives of my grandchildren.

Science can deliver uncomfortable truths. When Rachel Carson announced in Silent Spring in 1962 that DDT was killing wildlife, agriculture had to abandon one of its basic tools. She was relentlessly attacked by politicians and the chemical industry. It took years to overcome resistance to her truths. When Dr. Herbert Needleman discovered in the late 1970s that lead was harming children’s brains, politicians and industrialists selling leaded paint and gasoline fought to discredit him.

This crisis is much worse. Until recently, nobody knew that the unprecedented wealth of American society carried extreme dangers for our own future. Our modern lifestyles of consumption are slowly killing the planet. The truth of global warming and its long-term effects is scarier than vampires, aliens and Bret Favre’s retirement put together.

According to the latest issue of National Wildlife, “70 percent of all known plant species, 37 percent of all known freshwater fish species, 30 percent of all amphibians, 28 percent of all reptiles, 22 percent of all mammals, and 12 percent of all birds now face threats to their survival.”

Once again politicians, big industry and the professional deniers in the media say “Do nothing.” They rely on tortured logic, personal attacks and outright lies to argue that the world’s scientists are wrong. The so-called Climategate scandal is an example of their tactics. Some stolen e-mails were massaged by climate change deniers to “prove” that scientists were lying. Further investigation shows that these e-mails were embarrassing about the researchers’ tactics, but say nothing against the scientific facts of global warming.

A July 28 editorial laid out that uncomfortable truth, but you don’t see the deniers on TV or in local columns taking back their trumped-up charges.

The deniers have no credibility. They represent the same forces who have tried to prevent every attempt to protect our environment, which means to protect our health. They are afraid of the truth.

Do we as a society really care about anything but our own lives? Are we capable of seeing further into the future than tomorrow?

Global warming is not a party issue. Democrats and Republicans may not agree on the right means to reverse our production of greenhouse gases. But they must agree that it needs to be begun right away.

Hunters and farmers, bird watchers and truckers, rural and urban Americans will all suffer unless we act. Giant corporations will do nothing to change their methods unless they are forced to. Only government can stop global warming. Not just our government, either, but the world’s governments acting together. No amount of ideological posturing or flag-waving will help.

Steve-HockstadtI’m sick of politicians who think only about their reelection, their campaign contributors and their pictures on TV, who put ideology above country. I don’t expect them to come up with brilliant solutions. I just want them to take seriously the job we elected them to do — to think of the future, to gather the best information, to do what’s best for all Americans, those alive today and those not yet born.

I want them to stop fiddling, while we burn up in this heat.

Steve Hockstadt

Mr. Hochstadt is professor of history at Illinois College in Jacksonville, Illinois, and author of Sources of the Holocaust (Palgrave, 2004) and Shanghai-Geschichten: Die jüdische Flucht nach China (Berlin: Hentrich und Hentrich, 2007).

Comments

  1. says

    Dear Friends,

    Most of the people I know eat food. This is why I think that the greatest threat to humanity is hunger. Climate change, economic collapse, species extinction and peak oil all threaten to exacerbate this threat. Wouldn’t it be great if there was a cheap and easy way for each individual to reduce their contribution to climate change, world hunger, economic collapse, species extinction and peak oil?

    Fortunately such a process exists. It appears that there are a number of essential plant and animal nutrients that were previously unknown to science. When added to the soil, they double plant growth, over a few years time, while increasing drought & freeze tolerance. They also improve the taste and nutrition of the plants. See:

    http://www.subtleenergies.com/plant-lynx.htm

    When fed to animals, they increase the early growth and health of chickens and have allowed a cat to regrow a lost tail. See:

    http://www.subtleenergies.com/ormus/tw/animal-lynx.htm

    These minerals have been concentrated from sea water, fresh water, rocks and even from the air using cheap, open-source methods described at:

    http://www.subtleenergies.com/ormus/tw/articles.htm#METHODS

    Hunger is a threat because global warming will force us to significantly change our food growing areas, economic collapse will prevent more people from being able to afford good food, peak oil will force us to grow more food locally or starve. Species extinction will create holes in the web of life that feeds us. Growing inches of new topsoil and doubling plant production in a couple years will help all species that eat food. It will also sequester more carbon.

    Anyone with access to fire and sea water can concentrate these minerals from the sea. If you have access to magnets and plumbing parts you can concentrate them the air or fresh water using open-source methods. If everyone can make it, no one can stop it.

    With kindest regards,
    Barry Carter
    bcarter at igc.org

  2. says

    Dear Steve,

    Wouldn’t it be great if there was a cheap and easy way for each individual to reduce their contribution to climate change, world hunger, species extinction and peak oil?

    Fortunately such a process exists. It appears that there are a number of essential plant and animal nutrients that were previously unknown to science. When added to the soil, they double plant growth while increasing drought & freeze tolerance. They also improve the taste and nutrition of the plants. See:

    http://www.subtleenergies.com/plant-lynx.htm

    When fed to animals, they increase the early growth and health of chickens and have allowed a cat to regrow a lost tail. See:

    http://www.subtleenergies.com/ormus/tw/animal-lynx.htm

    These minerals have been concentrated from sea water, fresh water, rocks and even from the air using cheap, open-source methods described at:

    http://www.subtleenergies.com/ormus/tw/articles.htm#METHODS

    The greatest threat of climate change, species extinction and peak oil is hunger. Global warming will force us to move our food growing areas significantly, peak oil will force us to grow more food locally or starve. Species extinction will create holes in the web of life that feeds us. Growing inches of new topsoil and doubling plant production in a couple years will help all species that eat food.

    Anyone with access to fire and sea water can concentrate these minerals from the sea. If you have access to magnets and plumbing parts you can concentrate them the air or fresh water using open-source methods. If everyone can make it, no one can stop it.

    With kindest regards,
    Barry Carter
    bcarter at igc.org

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  4. says

    Steve’s last paragraph succinctly indicts politicians, and it indicts an oligarchic political system wherein our main job is just to choose others as officials via some popularity contests and to just leave it all them.

    Steve understates expectations. I am nearly ten years older than he, but I have high expectatios of living to see PALPABLE PERMANENT EFFECTS from global warming, namely SEA LEVEL RISE covering favorite parts of communities – including mine here in Long Beach CA – whose leaders are now in De Nile. In my lifetime, I expect that notable swaths of low-lying flat coast will be converted from valuable terrestrial real property into oft-flooded tidelands.

    By their commitment to posturing and delay or outright denial, Obama and the Dems and the Gops have all voted affirmatively – FOR global warming, FOR drowning much of Florida and many parts of our (and everyone else’s) coastal cities and their people and industry and real estate and FOR all the economic consequences.

    Give em all credit. Every day in effect they are voting anew FOR catastrophe.

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