The world does appear to be changing.
For years, the scientists have been warning of global warming. The majority of people, in western countries at least, have accepted that our actions were causing a real problem, but few governments were willing to do much about it.
But the problems are becoming more obvious, the alternative technologies are become cheaper, and more and more governments are making realistic decisions to change to renewable energy. WE can hope for real change.
But there’s still much to be done, and we can all play a part.
A brief rundown of the facts
I have summarised the facts before, so all we need here is the briefest rundown:
- The world is heating up. So far, 2015 is the hottest year on record. The previous hottest year was 2014. There has been no slowdown in temperature rise, just variations around a rising trend.
- The burning of fossil fuels is the major cause of this rise. Something like 97%+ of scientific papers on the subject, and all of 197 scientific organisations surveyed, agree.
- These temperature rises, the consequent rise in ocean water levels and the change in weather patterns, is doing great harm in the world. Low lying islands and coastal areas are being flooded and battered by storm waves, and the islands’ only freshwater source, groundwater, is being contaminated as salt water intrudes. Drought is becoming more severe in North Africa, which will affect millions of people. There are many destructive environmental effects.
- The main action we need to take is to leave most of the coal reserves in the ground and switch to renewable energy.
- This is feasible, and not prohibitively costly. It will actually create jobs and stimulate economies.
It seems likely that the fossil fuel industry and conservative media are misrepresenting the information to delay the inevitable. Somehow, many christians have been taken in by this.
Power to the people!
Timid governments need to be prodded to take the action they know is needed, even if it disturbs some of those lobbying them. The upcoming Paris talks are crucial to making serious and significant steps to put things right before disaster is at our door.
So it is in some ways up to us, the people, to make our opinions heard.
March to make it harder for politicians to prevaricate
I’m not normally someone who demonstrates in this way, but I’m joining the Sydney march because I think it’s that important.
Will you join in too, for the sake of God’s world and the third world poor who are suffering most for what we in the rich world have caused?
Photo: Micah Australia