It doesn’t matter.
I am totally exhausted and burnt out over this debate so let’s stop fighting about it.
Maybe people are causing the earth to get hotter.
The folks in the white lab coats are pretty united. More than 90% of scientists are in agreement.
Could they be wrong?
Well, sure. At one point 90% of scientists though the best way to cure a sick person was by draining the dirty blood out of their body. Today we realize that may not be the best plan. Science is organic and ever-changing so…. maybe they’re wrong.
About half of Americans think they are.
Let’s go with that. The scientists are wrong. Global climate change is just a myth. Or… on the off chance that it is really happening, it’s just part of the natural cycle of things. The earth’s climate changes. Such is the nature of our planet.
If we are to work from that premise, then it doesn’t matter how much CO2 your big ol’ gas-guzzler emits or how many gasses are released during the mining of tar sands because so-called “greenhouse gasses” have no significant impact on our planet.
Does that mean that we can just throw all caution to the wind?
Let’s get rid of any consideration of “environmental protection” and think of what the world might look like in the future – even if it stays exactly the same temperature it is today.
We can all keep using plastic bottles and never give a thought to recycling, but then the ocean could end up looking like this.
We could all continue to drive our big gas-guzzling cars but then the roads might look like this:
The rain forests might look like this:
Food will be raised like this:
Rates of serious chronic childhood illness could look like this:
Children could find themselves playing in places that look like this:
Oh, no! Wait! That’s not what WILL happen in the future.
Those are pictures of the world we live in RIGHT NOW. (Click the pictures to see exactly what each one is all about.) This is what all of our glorious progress has led to. How much worse could it get? I shudder to imagine.
On the other hand, what if we listen to those crazy tree-hugging hippies?
I’m not saying we should cast aside all science and progress. I love technology. I’m typing on a device that was the stuff of science fiction when I was born. It’s very cool! But…
What if we started putting more thought into the efficiency of our buildings?
What if we started growing our food closer to home?
What if we started using less gas-powered motors and more of our own strength to get around?
We might even start to look less like this:
And a little more like this:
Which world would you rather live in? The world where the economy is deemed more important than the environment? Or the world where we live in harmony with our world to the benefit of all?
Global warming is not the only issue!
When you say, “Oil creates jobs! Mining closer to home means cheaper gas at the pump! It’s my RIGHT to drive a big car/spray chemicals on my lawn/toss my plastic bottle in the landfill!” What you are really saying is “I don’t care what kind of mess I’m creating for people in the future. I only care about myself and my comfort and my convenience right at this moment.”
I get it.
Really! I do.
I cringe at the cost of gas, too. There are times we can’t go to our favorite mall or our favorite zoo or even to visit family because we just can’t afford it.
I love convenience! LAZY hippie mama. Remember?
But I’m trying to do my little part in all the little ways I can. My children and their children deserve that much, at least.
And if you are one of those people that think it doesn’t matter because you “know who made the environment and he’s coming back and going to burn it all up. So yes, I drive an SUV,” (Yes, this is a real comment from a prominent Christian pastor. Read more about it, here.) I have an analogy for you.
What if you built a beautiful playroom for your child, knowing they would only use it for the brief years of their childhood, and you filled it with the best toys there are to be found. Then you put your child in that room and they proceeded to intentionally break every toy, color on the walls and pee all over the floor. Perhaps they kicked holes in the walls or ripped every page out of every book or smashed the windows out.
Would you be angry? Or would you lovingly say, “Oh, that’s OK. The toy room was only temporary, anyway.”
I am a Christian. The Bible I read pretty clearly tells me that God gave us every good thing in our lives as a precious gift. That includes this planet that He created and filled with every thing we would ever need to grow and develop as individuals and as a species. If He comes again during your lifetime are you going to stand in the middle of the destruction, hands on your hips and defiance on your face and say, “Yes! I did this. Who cares? It was only temporary anyway!”
If you do, I have a feeling you may be facing one very angry Father.
I’ll say it once more. It doesn’t really matter if climate change is real. Either way, our planet has been wounded and we must – each of us – do our part in healing her again. The time for debate has long passed. It is time to take action. You don’t need to overhaul your whole life and move to a hippie commune in the forest. You can start making a difference today.
Are you, too, seeking to save the earth, promote world peace and raise productive citizens without expending too much effort?
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