Global Weirding

Every person needs to ask themselves this question, “What do I do to make our world a better place?” If you don’t have an answer, let me help you find one. You, and I, and our next door neighbors – in other words everyone – has a responsibility to our planet. This world’s climate is changing rapidly now – and not for the better. We better get on board very quickly because the train has not only started, it already left the station. It’s not too late, however, for each of us to make a difference.

If you think the weather is weird nowadays, more hurricanes, more drought, more impact from snowstorms, you are right. The CO2 level is higher than it has been in millions of years (back when there were forests in Greenland) and the ocean level is rising as the glaciers recede at the rate of 98 feet per day. (Yes – per DAY). The weirdness is only going to get more dramatic every year now.

I did not come up with the name Global Weirding. A scientist I listened to the other day used it to better describe the different phenomena we are seeing today than the term Global Warming implies. There are numerous scholarly web-sites you can go to for the results of the scientific studies, the statistics, and the predictions, but I should warn you, this material will scare you or at the least, depress you. It isn’t a pretty picture and many people would rather not face it.

Our dependence on non-renewable fossil fuels is the biggest culprit to our future. Can we change that dependence? Yes we can. Can we drive electric cars that get great mileage? Yes. Can we recycle? Yes. Can we conserve in our own homes, teach ourselves to change our habits so we walk more, turn off the lights, shop less often, or carpool. Of course we can. Should we? YES * YES * YES!

I want my grandchildren to have a good, long life on a planet that is a healthy place to live. I know that you want that too. So, I ask you again, “What do you do to make our children’s world a better place?”  Continued – next blog. Barbara

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About Barbara K Tyner

A graduate of UCCS with a degree in English Lit., Barbara writes Children's Literature and fiction. Her popular children's series, The Badger Books, is co-authored with Barbara's daughter, Laura. Her first novel, "Wait Here, Wait There" deals with grief and Alzheimer's, two topics that are very difficult to manage in real life. Barbara volunteers doing school programs and speaking to support groups. National Parks, hiking, and snow-shoeing are in her list of favorite hobbies.
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