Saturday 28 November 2015

Shorts and a Tee Shirt

I guess I should be worried about global climate change. I’m not, but I should be.

The way I see it, I will long be dead before it has any impact on my life at all. Yes, there are things that we should be doing now and many things that should have been done in the past. Mankind was far too busy making money and chasing after a perfect life to worry what chopping all of those trees down would mean.

My kids and grandkids and their kids and grandkids will be the ones who suffer. With any luck some genius will be born and he/she will find a solution to the problems plaguing the planet. More than likely there will be no real change until we are forced to change. I don’t mean by the governments, they are far too concerned with getting re-elected to do anything that might offend any small segment of the population. No, we will run out of fossil fuels or they will become so expensive that it will pay to develop “free” energy sources.

I guess that there is the possibility that the generation of humans now on the planet will be the last generation. The baby boomers have been living with the threat of extinction for our whole lives and most of us just don’t care. Well, we care, but not enough to take the bus or stop watering our lawns. We don’t turn the heat down in the winter and we for sure won’t do without air conditioning on those hot summer days. A good life with appliances that give us comfort is what we have worked so hard for. Well, those people over in Asia have been working very hard for us.

In the end, there is very little I can do about global climate change. Okay, there is very little I will do if it impacts my life of comfort. That is the solution of course. Make it so that it will be cheaper and easier for us to save the planet and we will line up for the opportunity. I would anyways…

Until then, I won’t complain about +8°C weather at the end of November in Calgary, I will just nudge the thermostat up a degree or two so I can walk around the house in shorts and a t-shirt.

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