The Jig is Up!

When it comes to the environment, the jig is up.  We can no longer continue to ignore the fact that ours and our planet’s health are in grave danger, and that danger is getting graver by the day, hour and minute. Our planet’s eco systems and its species are in trouble and so are we. The problem is that our love affair with oil and our cherished way of life has clouded our perception and the inevitable dangers that we face today.

Many of the experts believe that we are at the point of no return, even if we were able to go to zero emissions  today, this wouldn’t stop or postpone the inevitable catastrophic effects that are now occurring and will continue to occur for years to come. As they put it, the wheels are in motion and it will take years or even decades before they show any signs of slowing down.

Here’s an easy way to understand what global warming is. Our planet is like a pot of water on the stove, when we turn the burner up to level 9 on the dial (increase carbon emissions) the water begins to heat up and eventually begins to boil, so to prevent it from boiling we turn it down a little say to level 8 (decrease carbon emissions slightly), and we keep on turning it down a little bit at a time until were all the way down to 1, but as we know, even at the lowest heat setting the water will eventually boil.  In effect it’s exactly what’s happening today, we reduce some emissions when needed to hold off the inevitable boil, but in reality we can’t hold off the inevitable.

Our planet is heating up at an unprecedented rate.  Our climate is changing, the southern tropics are beginning to shift towards the Great White North. Living in Nova Scotia most of my life, I have never witnessed such a change in the seasons as I have over the last 5 years.  Summers are starting earlier and hanging on longer and the winters have been milder with much less snow. This may seem like a great deal for us now, but in the long run it will come with a very high price. Hurricanes will become more violent and frequent, the oceans will rise because of the melting of the arctic ice and species will perish.  Does this sound like a good deal to you?

The answer is to stop turning the heat down one click at a time by making small insignificant attempts to curb emissions, the environment is in grave danger now and we literally have to stop putting Sponge Bob band aids on a major gaping wound. There is no more time to talk and procrastinate.  The time for action is NOW.  It’s time for our leaders to step up and grow a couple instead of catering to the whims of big business and big oil, it’s time for us to end our love affair with oil & coal and look for better cleaner alternatives than just talk about it.

We may not be able to completely stop the damage we’ve done, but we can certainly do our best to slow down the wheels.

The question is:  What kind of legacy and future planet do we want to leave our children and grandchildren?  Isn’t this something worth fighting for, if not for ourselves, for them?

The time for action is now…Tomorrow may be too late.

By: Master Tim Bell

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