Thursday Thoughts: Fires, Floods, and Droughts. Oh My.

The International Climate Committee (or whatever they are called) came out with a dire report that said climate change is definitely caused by human activity. Really…

The industrial revolution started this situation, fueled by coal, oil, greed, and consumerism, blackening the skies and blocking out sunlight for days at a time. Didn’t anyone look up and say, “Umm, I don’t think that’s right…”

There have been climate accords over the last 30 years trying to address this issue. Some countries set lofty goals, others try to ratify, some even drop out. So, “we” are trying, right?

The fires, floods, droughts, and above-average tropical storms all point to the lack of progress in trying to reverse what “we” started. Where do we go from here?

Government, unfortunately, does have to have a significant role in mandating change. Big industry needs to change how they produce products. The average citizen has to limit the impact they have on the environment. Grassroots movements are great for awareness, but it is a steep hill to climb to affect chance.

Car companies are slowly moving to more fuel-efficient electric vehicles, which is the right direction, seeing the number of vehicles on the road. Battery technology does have to improve in power and capacity before more drivers will make that change. Solar and wind is part of the solution as well.

The younger generation has inherited a nasty situation. Greta Thunberg took the world by storm by raising awareness of the impact that climate change will have on her generation’s lives before being derailed by the pandemic.

There is no one simple solution, but abandoning the “It’s not my problem” attitude has to be a start, doesn’t it?


Leon Stevens is a blogger, composer, artist, and an author of three books (so far): Lines by Leon: Poems, Prose, and PicturesJourneys: Eight Original Pieces for Classical Guitar and The Knot at the End of the Rope and Other Short Stories.

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