Mother Nature Has Spoken
Stop What You're Doing to My Planet or... I'll Stop You Myself
What will it take to convince you?
Every night on the news, there's a story on climate change. Once relegated to the end of each show it now makes headlines every day. From baseball-size hail to flooding to severe multiple year droughts and wild fires that consume thousands of acres of land and homes to F5 tornadoes to massive mudslides burying entire neighborhoods.
We need not look any further than the devastating fires in wine country in Northern California in October 2017, the worst wild fires in California's history, burning 200,000 acres, the size of New York. More than 40 people killed, so badly burned that the only way remains could be identified was by serial numbers on metal implants, if any. Not even teeth remained in some. As we've all witnessed, there has been a major increase in hurricane frequency, size and strength destroying and flooding entire populated islands and major cities in the U.S. And with each year, it gets worse.
When neighborhoods are wiped out, homes destroyed, and families are left with nothing more than the clothes on their back, whether from sweeping wild fires or floods or category 6 winds (yes, meteorologist are considering adding a new category after the devastating and exceptionally high winds of back to back hurricanes in the U.S. southeast and the Caribbean in 2017) the first thing that most survivors say to the newscaster is, 'I never thought this would happen to us."
We watch on TV, Facebook or Twitter as other people's lives and property are turned into shards of glass, flakes of wood, piles of ash, and mole-infested homes, shaking our heads in disbelief as we eat our hot dinner in the comfort of our warm cozy homes, never thinking for a moment that it could happen to us.
Mother Nature has made it very clear that she shows no prejudice when unleashing her power. Her path to wrath is sending a very loud, clear and present danger warning: Stop what you're doing to my planet or I'll stop you myself. Mother Nature always wins. It's no longer about weather warnings 'in the future.' Those warnings came 40 years ago that we were heading straight toward this climate cliff if we continued on the path of polluting our air, oceans and land. The future is now here.
So, what will it take to convince people that we're responsible for, and living in, the most dangerous life-threatening climate in modern history? Does one's neighborhood need to be annihilated? Do loved ones need to die? Do we need to be left standing alone in a pile of ash feeling nothing but despair and fear because all that we owned and loved has been swept away? What does it take for humans to understand that climate change is real, is here now, and is destroying our planet and us? This is not normal, people. The proof is in the evidence before you.
We're all in the path of Mother Nature's wrath, no matter where we live, no matter how rich or poor. And if she hasn't gotten to you yet you can be sure she will sooner or later, it's just a matter of when, not if ...especially on the current trajectory of climate change worldwide.
A one degree increase may not sound like much but it's huge, and it's already changed the world's weather. Imagine what six degrees will do. The documentary below is presented by National Geographic, and is well worth your time. It clearly defines how each rising degree significantly changes the world's weather patterns, which affects our water supply, food chain, and slowly diminishes our odds for survival.
In the end, Mother Nature will win, not humanity, not unless we fight back, and fight back now. I hope this trailer compels you enough to download the entire documentary and not only watch it yourself but watch it with your family, not to scare them, but to educate them so they can learn and start thinking of ways of how they can make the world a better place now and in the future, before there is no future left.
Six Degrees That Could Change the World
So busy with work, family and play, most people aren't aware of the chain of events that are occurring as we speak.. causing climate change which is resulting in these worldwide weather events. So, here's how one thing affects the next.
As the weather warms, even by only one degree, there are more and longer droughts worldwide. This means food crops can't grow because there is no water or rain. When food can't grow, our food sources dry up thus becoming scarce. What do people do when there is little to no food? Grocery shelves become empty, people begin to starve.
With hotter temperatures, fresh water evaporates which depletes our drinking supply. More than anything else, we all need water to survive. Glaciers are necessary to feed our natural fresh water sources all over the world. But due to warmer weather, glaciers are melting, which is causing the sea to rise worldwide by feet, not inches. With glaciers and fresh water melting and evaporating, it creates more moisture in the air, which provides fuel for larger, stronger and more devastating hurricanes and blizzards worldwide.
When glaciers melt, the sun no longer has the white mass of ice to reflect off of, which is what keeps the earth cool, like its own built in heating and cooling system. This means there's more exposed land and sea, both of which are dark, not light like the snow and ice on glaciers. Thus, the sun now heats more land mass and sea, which warms the sea and earth, and raises its temperature. This means the earth has a fever.
The warmer seas and land mass accelerates the melting of the glaciers even faster, which makes the seas rise quicker. The warmer oceans provide fuel for increasingly massive hurricanes we're seeing each year. Hurricanes need warm water to live. As long as the seas keep warming, we can expect to see more frequent, enormous and dangerous hurricanes. Not only will they get bigger than what we've already seen, they will come sooner, last longer, and become more gigantic in size and strength. You won't need to go to the theater anymore to see made-up disaster movies because it's now a real thing happening in your own backyard.
The earth, and we the people, need glaciers to survive. When they melt, they break off into huge chucks into the sea, which raises sea levels all over the planet. Think of what happens when you put ice cubes in a full glass of water. The water rises and spills over the top. Glaciers breaking off into the sea are no different. When glaciers the size of Manhattan break off into the sea, the sea rises, forcing more sea water ashore during high tides and hurricanes flooding low lying areas. We've already seen proof of this with Hurricane's Sandy, Harvey, Irma and Maria. Sea rise is already beginning to submerge coastal towns. As life giving as water is, it is also the most powerful, forceful and destructive force on the planet. Without balance, it will kill us.
Chasing Ice - Largest Glacier Calving Caught on Camera
Glaciers contribute heavily to our rivers and streams that provide our drinking water. When the glaciers disappear so will our water supply. What do you think will happen to humankind when we run out of drinking water? The 3 rule applies here... Humans can't survive beyond three minutes without air, three days without water and three weeks without food.
As major weather catastrophes increase and coastlines are destroyed, which house our major cities, humankind will become flood and climate change refugees, fighting over water and resources, killing each other for survival, even cannibalism.
Sound like it could never happen to you? Well, it can and is already happening in parts of the world from droughts to fires to floods. Just look what happened in Puerto Rico after Category 5 Maria. After only three weeks with little to no food and water, people turned desperately to human and animal feces-infected streams for water, developing contagious water-born diseases from which they died. It was also reported that at least 200,000 will leave the island to move to the U.S. because the island was so damaged with more than 100 broken bridges and depleted of its resources.
Also in 2017, after Irma and Harvey in Texas and Florida respectively, desperate people seeking water and food were carrying guns, looting stores and damaged homes for any morsel they could find. How many of those millions of people in Houston, Louisiana and Florida will give their states another chance and rebuild in hurricane territory? Many will move inland, away from vulnerable coastal regions, which means more stress on rural and suburban resources and land.
As the earth continues to warm, and the glaciers continue to melt, and the sea rises only a foot higher than it is now, entire coastal cities will be buried beneath the sea as the ocean encroaches further inland. Think about it. All major American cities are on one coast or another. Portland, Seattle, San Francisco, Los Angeles, New York, Atlanta, Boston, San Diego, Chicago and Detroit, New Orleans, Houston, and most major Florida cities. It's already happening to villages in Alaska, which have been abandoned and resettled further inland.
Miami is also a major concern to climate scientists as it runs along Florida's southeast coast. It's vulnerable because it's already currently at sea level. Sea levels have risen eight inches in the last 100 years. Miami is now experiencing flooded streets at high tide. City engineers are working as fast as they can to elevate or relocate buildings to prevent ruin from flooding. Some scientists suggest this may have happened to the lost city of Atlantis.
When entire communities are forced to move inland they then become dependent on your resources such as food, water, utilities, fuel, crops, cattle, and land. The demand becomes higher for things that are already beginning to deplete. Add to that, far more waste on every level. And this is just the tip of the iceberg, pun intended.
This inconvenient truth is what rich oil companies don't want you to know or believe. But by all means, don't believe me. Take a look at this new documentary by Al Gore, one of the world's leading voices on climate change.
An Inconvenient Truth Sequel -
Truth to Power
There are many people and nations that are in the forefront of prevention of this disaster in the making. Al Gore may be the loudest and most familiar voice as he has championed this issue since the 1980s. President Obama helped lead the Paris Climate Agreement in 2015, a historical pact made between near 200 world leaders to reduce global warming in their countries. After years of talks and efforts, sadly Donald Trump pulled the U.S. out of the Agreement, which doesn't make America great at all. In fact, it hurts America and all its people, as well as the well-being of our planet.
Hopefully, the next president will have the intelligence and foresight to return the U.S. to the partnership for global preservation.
Celebrities are also speaking out and getting involved to help educate the humankind, businesses and governments. One such proponent is Leo DiCaprio. The documentary below, BEFORE THE FLOOD, is a full feature length (1:30). We felt it was that important for readers to view the damage being done worldwide; what's causing it, and those who are fighting to save our planet.
Before the Flood - With Leo DiCaprio
So let's explore deeper the topic of what happens when croplands dry up from severe drought, or are flooded from rising seas, and food supplies and drinking water become scarce. People run out of food and water so they begin to fight each other for resources to survive, which means looting, robbing each other, even killing if necessary to survive and protect their families from starvation. Can't imagine this ever happening to you? Well, it's already happening, which is why so many are stockpiling food and water, building below-ground shelters, buying guns and ammunition, and learning to survive in the wild. There are TV shows about these survivalists and preppers, which have been seen as extreme but now, they may very well be the last people standing as they will be the most prepared of all. Hint, stock up, prepare now, don't wait until disaster is upon you. Too late then.
Climate scientists around the world including NASA have been warning us about climate change for decades, thousands of them, with a 97% concurrence rate. Why is it we believe forensic science when it's about DNA and crime but so many disbelieve thousands of globally united climate scientists when they share their findings on what's happening to our planet? Perhaps it's denial, or ignorance, or not caring about the science. Or, maybe many prefer listening to the naysayers who preach this severe change in weather is merely cyclical, happens every few centuries. And to their credit, yes climate change is cyclical, but it usually happens at a much slower rate over centuries. This is the first time in human history that the rise in temperature has happened so quickly in such a short span of time since the industrial age began in the early 1900s. What accelerated it? How about the advent of railroads, electricity, oil, automobiles, ships then planes, for starters?
Pioneers and entrepreneurs created new products, and developed inventions that made life easier. As consumers, we created demand. As growing companies, they supplied our demand, at first locally, then nationally, and today worldwide. How do we stop this train of manmade demand which is heading toward its own demise? We can't, or at least, not ready or willing to do so. As of early 21st century, scientists concluded, and many politicians and leading national executives conceded, that this rapid acceleration of global warming is manmade.
In late 2017, Neil deGrasse Tyson, a well-known astrophysicist, author and science TV show host, claimed on a CNN news program, that it may already be too late to reverse climate change. We've heard the warnings since the 1970s but most didn't listen or believe or want to change. We were even told we had about 30-40 years to change our ways. But changes came slowly as the world became more populated, demanding more resources and fuel.
I happen to agree with Tyson, having followed the science myself for years. I too think it's too late unless massive changes within our global community happen now, not tomorrow, not next year. Now! With more than seven billion people on Earth, each of whom requires water, food and resources, and with oil companies fulfilling the growing demand for gas and oil for an expanding auto industry, plus many developing countries increasing their demand for vehicles, there just doesn't seem to be a clear path forward to saving the planet anymore. One Asian country recently announced that they're now selling more than 5000 cars per month to its population, one that didn't use cars prior to 2000.
Furthermore, with the 2017 announcement from Saudi Arabia that they have lifted the ban on women driving (hard to believe that still happens), you can bet that even more cars will be sold to that region. Granted, automakers are doing double duty to output electric vehicles. In fact, GM is now selling a $5000 electric vehicle in China, the most polluted city in the world. At such a great price by American standards, that should help reduce pollution there but is it too little too late? Time will tell.
In spite of the growth of electric cars, and wind and solar energy, it appears the world is just too far behind Mother Nature to save our planet as severe weather events continue to increase in number and expand in size. NASA and the Pentagon may agree which may be why the U.S. is planning their first one-way mission to Mars by the 2030s with real live astronauts, to begin colonizing a new planet for humankind. A do over of sorts.
Is this a tell that it's too late to invest in and save our planet and humankind? Or, is it just the NASA and JPL simply advancing space exploration? I think both. It seems evident that NASA and the concurrence of united climate scientists see no clear path to reversal for planet Earth. Our behaviors, addictions to and dependence on oil which powers everything in our lives today, and the enabling of large companies for profit and greed, will continue to infect the earth's atmosphere and all that is below it. We are all living and experiencing a time in history of grave destruction to our planet and ourselves. Yet only a few and not enough are willing to make changes fast enough to slow down Mother Nature's response. It's like bringing a knife to a gun fight. Who do you think wins in the end?
I agree with Tyson that irreversible damage has been done to our glaciers, planet and atmosphere. Perhaps there's a tiny window left, say 10%, to repair or reverse climate devastation but even with all the work being done in every major country on the planet, there just seems to be too much red tape, bureaucracy, politics and greed to get things done.
So, what do the rich and powerful think? That their money and power will save them while billions of others perish? Mother Nature doesn't care. She has no prejudice. The rich and powerful have the same needs as the rest of us... humans die after three minutes without air, three days without water, three weeks without food. Stockpiling has its limits when the supply chain is broken or ruined. All the money in the world can't outwit Mother Nature.
Many politicians, mostly republicans, are still insisting that it's all hogwash. However, look deeper and you'll find the the majority of the naysayers are financially backed by big oil companies, or paid handsomely to dispel the dire warnings in the media. The big oil companies stand to profit the most from people continuing on this path of waste and want, consuming and living under the illusion that it will never happen to them.
Oil is used in almost everything we use from toys to cars to processing food to our clothing to just about everything imaginable. The companies that make all of these products for mankind need oil to run their factories, need oil to run the machinery that makes the products, need oil to ship their products via 18-wheelers, planes or trains. Then, stores need oil to build and operate, to keep the lights on. And we need oil to drive to the stores, to heat our homes, and thus increase more demand.
CHASING ICE - The Documentary
What will we all do when we run out of oil? Or are forced to stop using it? Countries are literally fighting (via who has the most money) over new territory all over the planet in which to dig for new oil. Now that the glaciers are melting and calving (falling off in large chunks the size of a city) due to warming, (Must see film - Chasing Ice) more land is exposed so it's become a race for the U.S., Russia, India, Canada, Norway and China to claim the uncontested arctic land near their borders.
Russia, China and India are in talks about building a $30 billion oil pipeline from the arctic through China to supply the growing demand for oil in China and India. He who has the most toys wins... or in this case, access to the most oil. In the end, it's always about money, power and control, and not what's best for our planet or humanity.
Have you seen the pollution in China? It's one of the most polluted countries in the world. Not that other countries don't have their share and not that pollution stays in one place... winds and currents carry the toxic air around the globe, which affects everyone. See BBC report below.
Is it too late to stop climate change? In order to stop it we would all have to all stop using oil and coal, though America is one of the leading countries to decrease coal and turn to alternative energies such as wind and solar. Thousands of coal workers who were put out of work due to coal mines closing are now being retrained to operate wind and solar technology. So there is some progress on some fronts economically and atmospherically. But is it enough soon enough, fast enough to stay ahead of Mother Nature? So far, it appears not.
Deforestation and wild fires are yet another cause. That said, in spite of our recycling, buying electric cars, building wind farms, and using solar power to heat our homes, I'm no longer convinced that it can or will be stopped. I believe it's simply too late to turn back the clock. In fact, look back to Hurricane Katrina in 2005 and the F5 tornado that wiped out the entire town of Joplin, MS in 2010.
These events began happening years ago, with many more since, noticeably increasing in size and strength, such as Hurricane Sandy in 2012, which wiped out entire neighborhoods in New Jersey, the typhoon and tsunami that hit the Philippines in 2013 that wiped out 6000 lives, the massive flooding in India, which wiped out entire towns, the earthquake and subsequent tsunami that hit Japan in 2011 killing more than 20,000, the earthquake and massive tsunami that hit southeast asia in 2004 killing more than 250,000 human beings, destroying entire populated resort towns.
And of course, more recently in 2017, back to back hurricanes in the U.S. and Caribbean islands... Harvey, Irma, Maria. They were so massive and so dangerous that weather scientists are actually discussing whether to add a category 6 to the forecasts. While at sea, several hurricanes had winds exceeding category 5 winds, some up to 225 MPH at their strongest.
Yet, the conversation about climate change is still being debated. If we're already beyond the tipping point, where will our planet be when nations agree that it's time to unite and take action? If it's too late as many scientists now believe, what is left to do? This is not to say we shouldn't continue to try as individuals and as a society. Fighting the battle to win is far better than giving in to defeat.
The only thing we can be sure of at this point is that weather will continue to worsen every year from now on. How long 'from now on' is though remains to be seen. I also have no doubt that when another weather event destroys homes, neighborhoods and lives, someone will say, 'I never thought this would happen to us!"
Wake up world, it is happening to all of us and it is happening now, not in the future. We're in the thick of it. The path to wrath began years ago. We're just along for the ride until it hits home.
So what can you do to slow down Mother Nature?
1. Buy electric or hybrid cars and trucks
2. Drive less, car pool, shop online (safely)
3. Change your eating habits to more fruits and vegetables. Did you know that cows produce more methane in the atmosphere than any other polluter on the planet? Hundreds of millions of cows are born, raised and slaughtered each year so that humans can eat meat, buy leather products, and wear cowhide clothing. We can change this.
4. Stop using plastic bottles, or at least reuse them. If you want to take a bottle of water with you, buy a permanent bottle and refill it from your tap. Contact your city hall water department to ask for a water report on your city or town. It's likely on their website, too. Cities are required to keep their tap water clean and do annual testing on them. But rules and regulations do does vary from state to state. If you're not comfortable with drinking your tap water, buy a faucet filter. I use mine every day to fill up my 2 liter bottles and I'm still kicking.
5. Recycle! Is this so hard? Have one trash can for trash, one for bottles and plastics. Almost every major city in America now has a recycling plants, trash containers for just recycling, they even pick up. Is being 'too lazy' going to be the excuse you give your kids and grandkids as the reason why you left their planet and future in ruins?
6. Live life lighter. Get rid of STUFF you don't need. Stop buying STUFF you don't need and get outdoors more. Detach from your digital devices, not your family. Share with your kids and grandkids camping, hiking, fishing, boating, swimming, skiing, helping others, building stuff, not buying stuff. Think about moving into a Tiny House or seeing the world in an RV. STUFF is all about either showing off or feeding the abyss of emptiness in our lives. Let it go. Live life while you have it. There are no guarantees on tomorrow. Less is more. Save the freaking planet, man! It's your home, too.
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