It’s midnight and you’re waiting for the subway when you notice that two men are fighting down the platform from you. One man has the other on the ground with his head inching closer to the edge of the platform. The station sign says the train will arrive in 2 minutes. You keep watching, thinking that they will eventually sort it out; or maybe someone will step in and stop him from pushing the other off the edge. The sign flashes 1 minute till the train arrives. The man is still being held down, but now his head and shoulders are off the platform and right in the path of the subway tracks. You can hear the subway coming, you see the front lights, the sign is blinking “arriving now”…what do you do?
Now consider this, the man holding the other off the edge of the platform is climate change, and the man inching closer to death is our environment, our communities, our health, and our wildlife. Will you stand by idly, or will you stand up for the common good?
The problem when discussing the issue and effects of climate change is the ultimately devastating outcomes are too distant to instill a state of urgency. Climatologists and scholars can present all of the extensive research and graphs depicting the Earth’s 1.5 degrees (F) average temperature increase, or the effects of carbon dioxide in the ozone, but what does that really mean to the average person?
If we continue to use harmful fossil fuels instead of efficient renewable energy, we will start to see the effects on agricultural productivity, storm frequency, infectious disease, global health, sea levels, and quality of life. The push for renewable energy is gaining momentum and policy makers are realizing the present and future benefits of using renewable energy instead of fossil fuels, but we’re not there yet. However, the power to change does not rest solely on policy makers, you can make small changes in your everyday life to implement positive change.
Start today and help transform tomorrow.
- Get educated on climate change and the issues surrounding the continued use of fossil fuels, and the need for renewable energy.
- Commit to biking, carpooling, or walking to work, school, or events at least twice a week.
- Buy local at your Farmer’s Market to ensure less fossil fuels used from the absence of shipping.
- Discuss renewable energy with friends, family, and co-workers.
- Recycle, and be sure you know what materials can be recycled
So when that train arrives and you’re still waiting on the platform, let’s make sure that we all continue on safely.