As a general rule, I try not to get too political on my blog. Sometimes I get fired up about something, and I just can’t help myself. Today, I’d like to clarify my stance on climate change.
I believe human activity over the last century has had a detrimental effect on the environment. Some people don’t believe this, and that’s their prerogative. They like to cite how our planet is constantly in flux and the Earth naturally cycles in and out of extreme climate conditions. And I agree – over the course of millions of years, the Earth will experience a range of radically different climates.
However, I find it irresponsible to use this argument as a way to justify the ever-expanding carbon footprint we’re stamping into our mother planet. I’ve yet to see a scientific model that demonstrates how a surging human population, utterly dependent on fossil fuel, doesn’t exert significant pressure on the world’s delicate ecosystem.
And I know I’m as guilty as anyone else. My car doesn’t run on good vibes – it has an internal combustion engine under the hood. My electric bill shows up like clockwork every month, and I’m sure most of that electricity I used is generated by a coal-fired process.
I try to be conscientious. I’ve scaled back to a four-cylinder car instead of six. I use energy efficient appliances. I bring my own cloth shopping bags to the grocery store instead of using paper or plastic.
In the end, I haven’t done nearly enough. Most of us haven’t. Maybe there’s still time to rein it back in, maybe not. Anyway, today’s haiku is a reaction to the frustration I feel regarding this issue. Questions, comments, and constructive criticism are always welcome.
onlookers gawk at
the Holocene suicide –
we’re all complicit