By Isabella @TheWandCarver
No, I’m not trying to take anything away from David Attenborough’s brilliant series. But in my thoughts, I imagine Mother Earth as being very “blue”…melancholy… over the way we children have abused her over the years for the sake of money. Not all of us have, mind, but many are the greedy politicians whom have been known to work just that bit harder to keep oil and all fossil fuels pouring into their countries for the huge cheques paid them by the lobbyists. And, it isn’t just for fossil fuels, lobbying is used for everything…even for good. Still, I for one, would love to see an end to it. It should be the people of the country who get to “lobby” for what they want. Not big-name companies who don’t give a monkey’s about what their special interests are harming as long as they get paid well for supporting it and making it happen – via an MP or a senator or whatever you call your governmental person whom is supposed to be fighting for YOUR best interests.
I’m off my political soap box now. Kind of. What I really want to speak about is how can we best help turn around the damage done so far to our lovely planet. For a start, should we go Nuclear, Wind, or Solar? Many believe that we can quickly get carbon emissions reined in by going with new nuclear facilities where there are still coal-burning facilities for power as well as updating our older nuclear facilities. In my mind, that only seems to touch one problem and not another…why, oh why, would we want to instil more uranium-based power throughout our countries when it is a terrible option for possible ground wastes and many other reasons. Just look what happened in Chernobyl in 1986. And then, there would be more lobbying for those uranium lords wanting to keep the price up and make huge profits. For example, the United States imports most of the uranium it uses as fuel. Owners and operators of US nuclear power reactors purchased the equivalent of about 43 million pounds of uranium in 2017. About 7% of the uranium delivered to US reactors in 2017 was produced in the United States and 93% came from other countries. Isn’t it a case of the dog chasing its tail a little…a country imports most of the uranium it uses as fuel [which they actually mine from their own country], then it turns round and buys over 11 times as much uranium from other countries! I think there is something inherently wrong with the entire thing myself. Presently, nuclear reactors are only 11% of what the World uses for energy. For wind power, it is only around 5%, and for solar, roughly 10% as of 2017. Add them all up and we have 26% of the World covered by some form of renewable energy [I did fail to mention that uranium is renewable/recyclable]. I do shudder to think what the other 74% uses. And this also has me – and many people – concerned about just how we are meant to rein in carbon emissions enough within ten years for the climate not to increase another .5 Celsius.
I apologise to those who think me an alarmist. Still, facing the facts, these are questions that should have been answered and worked toward, not just improving but fixing, over forty years ago when now recently deceased, ‘Grandfather of Climate Science’, Wallace Broecker brought the term ‘global warming’ into the public. Broecker was a professor in the department to earth and environmental science at Columbia University [US] and was amongst several who did raise the alarm in 1975 [yes, we knew then] about how drastic changes in the Earth’s climate which humans would or could be responsible for over a relatively short period of time. He even wrote a paper in 1975 called Climate Change: Are We on the Brink of a Pronounced Global Warming?”. He spoke openly about the need to restrict fossil fuels and the disruptive effects that just a few degrees of warming could have on the environment. He was trying to save us but who really listened? Not enough people or the right people, surely. As Broecker said, “The climate system is an angry beast and we are poking it with sticks.” Sadly, as pointed out with only roughly 26% of the world on renewable energy, we are, in fact, only poking the beast with sticks here forty-four years on. If we had been at 26% by say, 1985 or 1990, we would be most of the way, if not all the way, to where we should be now. As my Nana used to say “If ‘if’s and’s and but’s’ were sweeties and nuts, a Merry Christmas we’d all have, indeed”.
It’s past time to hold back the effects as they stand. If we could wave a magick wand and stop the detriment in its tracks, maybe over a few hundred years’ time, we could wind the clock back to a cooler planet. But we must look at ways to evolve with the changes that have already occurred and to evolve further still to adapt to changes that are bound to happen in a very short future. I’m not saying we can’t do anything to prevent further warming or an apocalypse, but I am saying we must learn to adapt to what we have and get busy very quickly on preventing future worsening of the nightmare we created. I am tired of seeing Mother Earth cry.
Many thanks for reading. Please see below for links where you may be helpful in getting your representatives to listen to reason and other useful things all of us can do. Many warm blessings to all whom wander this way x
Find Out How You Can Help
A great page from the US – How Can You Prevent Global Warming https://www.nrdc.org/stories/how-you-can-stop-global-warming
From the Independent, UK – 20 things we could do right now to reduce climate change and prevent extreme poverty https://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/climate-change-global-warming-chad-frischmann-project-drawdown-carbon-dioxide-a8574461.html
From Persil washing products, UK – How to Prevent Global Warming: A Guide on Global Warming for Kids https://www.persil.com/uk/sustainability/sustainability-for-kids/how-to-prevent-global-warming-a-guide-on-global-warming-for-kids.html
From UK – In-depth: How the UK plans to adapt to climate change https://www.carbonbrief.org/in-depth-how-the-uk-plans-to-adapt-to-climate-change
From the US – 35 Easy Ways To Stop Global Warming https://www.conserve-energy-future.com/stopglobalwarming.php
There are a good many articles and websites out there and I could have listed them all but most say roughly the same things. These are a good number to read and go from and remember, one of the most important things you can do is pester your country’s leaders to do the right thing by Mother Earth and us. Call, write, lobby if you can, for greener technology and carbon reductions.