Our Planet … Our Home … Our Lives

Just because you don’t understand something, doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist.  Do you understand how your car’s transmission works?  Do you understand about the little and slightly-less-little gears that engage and disengage to shift your car into just the right ratio based on speed, incline, etc?  Do you understand the intricacies about how your lungs take in air, process the oxygen and send it into the blood stream, then emit the unwanted part, carbon dioxide (CO2)?  Do you understand how the bit of electricity coming from that wall outlet can make your clothes washing machine agitate and spin and sometimes sound like the Eagle Has Landed?  No, and neither do I, but yet we take for granted that the car will run, our lungs will do what they are supposed to in order to keep us alive, and as long as we insert the plug properly, the machine will clean the clothes.  There are many, many things in our daily lives that we accept at face value, even though we may not understand the science behind them.

So please tell me why, all of a sudden, half the nation has decided to repudiate the concept of human-caused climate change and the predictions made by highly-educated, intelligent and knowledgeable scientists?

People go to a doctor and are altogether too willing to assume that he knows exactly the right medicine to give you to cure whatever ails you.  Most people don’t even ask questions, like how does this drug work, what are the likely and remote side effects, why do you think this drug is the best for my condition.  Nope, they just say okay, take the script to the nearest pharmacy and happily ingest whatever doc said.  Why?  Because he has a degree, because he is supposed to be knowledgeable, because he wears a white coat.  The truth is that far more doctors play trial and error, or pander to the drug reps who wine & dine them and give them nice gifts at Christmas time than you probably care to know.  But still, you trust them.  So, why not trust scientists who also have a degree, are knowledgeable, and unlike your doctor, have no reason to lie to you?

There is likely no simple, single answer to that question.  For some, merely the fact that Donald Trump says it’s a hoax, and that even if the earth is warming, it will “all change back” soon.  Why anybody would believe a ‘man’ who is proven to lie some 96% of the time, over the entire scientific community and the results of their research is well beyond my comprehension.

In the past, we have had presidents who listened to the experts in their fields.  These men understood the value of knowledge and education.  These men asked questions, gave careful consideration to the data they were provided, and made the wisest decisions they could based on the information they had.  This is why nearly every leader on the globe, including our own President Obama, signed the Paris climate accord, the agreement dealing with greenhouse-gas-emissions mitigation, adaptation, and finance.  When 97% of the worlds scientists studying the changes in climate tell you that there is a serious problem, it’s time to sit up and take notice.

But Donald Trump, because it isn’t convenient for him, calls it a ‘hoax’, says the Chinese are the initiators of said hoax in order to make U.S. manufacturing non-competitive.  Say WHAT???  I imagine there is some twisted connection somewhere inside Trump’s head, but to a reasonably intelligent person, that statement makes absolutely no sense.

It is enough that half the nation fall prostate at Donald’s feet when he denies that climate change is a serious problem, but far, far worse is the fact that the U.S. Congress … or at least the republican element of it … is toeing the party line, falling in line behind Trump, wanting to be seen to be in his corner, on his ship.  Why?  I don’t know, but I know that since we voted for them and we are paying their salary, they are supposed to be looking out for our best interests.  Ignoring report after report showing the likely effects, not in some far off distant future, but now … today … is definitely not in our best interest.

Donald Trump is without question the biggest liar we have ever seen in a leadership role in this country.  He lies even when there is no reason to do so.  He lies so much that he doesn’t even know what is true anymore.  So why on earth would anybody believe him when all the evidence is the opposite of what he says.  Remember last month’s fires in California?  The hurricanes in Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico in 2017 and in North Carolina this year?  Not just any ol’ fires, not just your run o’ the mill hurricanes, but ecological disasters!

Donald Trump may refute the evidence, the reports and what is before his very eyes, but some people are taking it all very seriously and doing something about it.  One such man is Yvon Chouinard, billionaire founder of outdoor apparel firm Patagonia.

Yvon Chouinard

Yvon Chouinard

According to a Forbes article on November 29th

Patagonia announced it has an additional $10 million in profits on its books for 2018 as a result of Trump’s “irresponsible tax cut” last year, which lowered the corporate tax rate from 35% to 21%. Instead of investing the additional dollars back into its business, Patagonia said it would give $10 million to grassroot groups fighting climate change, including organizations that work in regenerative organic agriculture to help reverse global warming.

“Our government continues to ignore the seriousness and causes of the climate crisis,” Chouniard said in a statement. “It’s pure evil.”

A billionaire businessman with both a brain and a conscience!  Can we clone him?

“We need an agriculture system that supports small family farms and ranches, not one that rewards chemical companies intent on destroying our planet and poisoning our food. And we need to protect our public lands and waters because they are all we have left.”

Last December, the front page for Patagonia’s website read …Patagonia front pageThe planet Earth will remain in its orbit for the foreseeable future.  Whether it will sustain human, animal or plant life beyond the next few years is up to us.  Donald Trump is not a good steward, is not taking care of our home, but is systematically making decisions on a near-daily basis that are likely to make all lifeforms we know today unsustainable into the future.  It is up to us, for the billionaires in Trump’s circle are too busy making money to care about our future.

50 thoughts on “Our Planet … Our Home … Our Lives

  1. Well said, Jill. This issue is downright scary especially in light of the 4 years Trump and his minions have wasted by ignoring the problem. God help us all if insanity prevails in 2020 and Trump gets a second term. Am I too old to be an astronaut? Mars is starting to look good…

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  2. Jill, this is an excellent and impassioned post on a subject that I too am passionate about. One of the newsletters that comes to my inbox on a daily basis is EcoWatch. This morning there is a must read column by Olivia Rosane titled ” 3 Ways the ‘Trump Effect’ Puts the Brakes on International Climate Action”. There is also the Huffpost-Politics column dated Dec 3, 2018 by Nick Visser titled “Arnold Schwarzenegger Goes After Trump on Climate”, another must read. It includes a video of Schwarzenegger’s speech at the United Nations COP24 in Katowice, Poland. In part, he said : “You’re wrong when you say America dropped out of the Paris agreement. Yes, we have a meshugge leader in Washington that is not in, that is out. But remember that America is more than just Washington or one leader.” Jay Inslee, Governor of the state of Washington, was quoted by President Barack Obama at the Climate Summit of 2014 : “We’re the first generation to feel the impact of climate change and the last generation that can do something about it.” We could take a gamble that he and the World’s scientists are wrong…but why would we? Thank-you!

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    • Yes, I wrote one a while back about the loss of our bee population, without which we would have no food. I’ve bookmarked this article to read a bit later, for I am behind and trying to catch up at the moment. Thanks!

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  3. I have to take issue with the irresponsible notion that we started the climate change issue because we really haven’t. Think about how short of a time we’ve been on the planet. It’s only been in the last 120 years or so that we’ve had steel mills, cars, washing machines, dryers and all the other appliances and conveniences that we utilize on a daily basis. Have we contributed to climate change, absolutely. Did we start it, absolutely not and for any media outlet to report such a notion is as equally irresponsible and ignorant as those who flatly deny the very idea of climate change in the first place.

    The science is clear that we play a part but what the media and the politicians are conveniently not telling you is that the science is not clear on how much of an effect we are having on climate change because there just isn’t any data available yet to come to the conclusion about how much of an impact we are having on the environment over the long-term, like in the next 100 years or so.

    I don’t trust a media, president, activist groups or politicians who take a half truth and run with it as if it were the whole story.

    think about it, what do you say?

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    • I imagine this is one area we will just have to agree to disagree, for the scientific data I have seen, and granted, I am science-challenged, is quite conclusive that a) the current level of crisis is attributable to man’s dumping of CO2 into the atmosphere. There are other causes, such as food waste, plastic bottles, etc., but the biggest culprit is emissions from cars, trucks, factories, burning fossil fuels, etc. I believe the scientists. Do I necessarily believe politicians? Hell no! But it isn’t the politicians who are saying we need to do something. It is scientists and environmental groups. And, I see it with my own eyes … or rather, should I say feel it with every breath I take? I think we have been very poor stewards of this planet, but even if you don’t believe the data, even if you deny the IPCC and NCA reports, even if you are convinced there is no imminent threat … why not err on the side of caution, just on the off chance that all the science is right? What do you have to lose?

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  4. Jill, well said. Kudos to Patagonia! Donald Trump will be remembered poorly for many decisions, words and actions. Backing away from climate change action will likely be his biggest fault as it impacts all of us. Where do I begin to count his failures on this subject, but at the heart of it is he has a difficult time differentiating weather and climate. His answer now is “I want good climate” is a head scratcher.

    When he tweets about an icy day as evidence that climate change is not happening, he fails to realize it is summer in the Southern Hemisphere. He is speaking of weather not long term climate.

    The President is a skilled marketer. He is not big on details nor does he care to be. So, his learned gut is not based on a life of study. He just has a big platform to spout obvious BS. Keith

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    • PS – One of the arguments about doing nothing is the climate change has been around since our planet, which is true. A climate scientist on NPR, I do not remember who, noted that what we have done with the Industrial Age is cause our planet’s climate to have higher cholesterol and be diabetic. I found this to be compelling as I find the various peer reviewed scientific reports that note the problem is both worsening and here. As noted before, I am also worried about the impact of the heating climate in our dear water supply which was noted as the number 1 long term issue by the World Economic Forum.

      The other thing I wanted to add is the concept of The Precautionary Principle, which we do not adhere to in the US. In essence, if you think an activity is causing environment and human damage, the Precautionary Principle would suggest that the groups causing the damage pay for and address the issues to make it safer. My question to all the deniers is don’t you think we should plan for the worst in the event all of these client scientists are correct? Keith

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    • It seems that every time Trump opens his mouth on almost any topic, he takes his ignorance to an all new level. The trouble is, with climate change, there is no ‘fixing it after the fact’. Once the planet will no longer sustain human life, then it’s too late. He may break the economy, cause a stock market crash, or re-write the Constitution, but those things can, with time, be repaired. This cannot. He’s a fool, and a dangerous one to the world. Sure, some cities and states are moving forward without him, renewable energy continues to grow, but it isn’t going to be enough, if one believes the conclusions in the IPCC and NCA reports last month.

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  5. Reblogged this on It Is What It Is and commented:
    I couldn’t have said it any better, dear friend … all credit!!
    ‘The planet Earth will remain in its orbit for the foreseeable future. Whether it will sustain human, animal or plant life beyond the next few years is up to us. Drumpf is not a good steward, is not taking care of our home, but is systematically making decisions on a near-daily basis that are likely to make all lifeforms we know today unsustainable into the future. It is up to us, for the billionaires in Trump’s circle are too busy making money to care about our future.’

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    • Yes, Jack, I’m sure that’s all true, and no, I don’t trust Trump either. And I accept that you don’t believe in climate science data. But just as a favour to me, let’s assume that there is at least a possibility that we are destroying our planet and err on the side of caution, making some changes … y’know … just in case those crazy ol’ scientists might all be right? Sigh. Hugs, Jack! ❤

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  6. I remember listening to a couple of scientists argue that climate change is real, but one of the problems is labelling as Global Warming. In general terms the globe is warming, but it is not consistent across all places. You will still get dips in which temps temporarily fall. Some places may see large rises others may see much smaller rises. These variations give easy ammunition to politicians. They argued a better term would have been global storming. As increased wild weather patterns and localised and increasingly severe storms are guaranteed with this climate change.

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    • That is true … calling it ‘global warming’ was a huge mistake, for now every time it snows here, people go about mocking, saying, “Yeah, where’s that global warming?” That’s where the difference between ‘weather’ and ‘climate’ comes into play, but some, like Donald Trump, are too foolish or stubborn, or both, to bother to try to understand. And in the process of their ignorance, they are playing Russian roulette with our lives. Sigh.

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  7. You should take time to read The Story of B. Interesting and very plausible theory about the beginning of this disaster. It all begins with greed of course. Food production that escceds need creates the catalyst for greater consumption and the idea that the need is outweighing the production, thereby increasing production, etc.

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      • I only hope you can persevere to the end. Some might find it tedious in its lack of thrilling action and dailogue. I didn’t quite ‘get’ the idea at first but as I am ageing it makes such perfect sense to me. Nomads leave so much less of a permanent footprint on the land. Of course these days too many people leave a bigfoot print wherever they go….🙄

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        • Right now I’d just like to persevere to the beginning!!! Getting to bed at 5:00 a.m. or so is NOT conducive to staying awake long enough to read! And still, I am behind on everything! I need more hours in a day! But I am planning to start it ASAP and I’ll let you know my thoughts after I get a bit into it.

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  8. What amazes me most of all is the misguided notion the ordinary person has that assumes every wealthy person earned that wealth with some higher form of intelligence than the rest of us. There may be some wealthy people with great intelligence and thought processes beyond the ordinary, but it certainly is not a prerequisite for become rich. That can easily be accomplished through cunning and thievery. People believe what they want or choose to believe and are thusly accountable for all decisions they make on behalf of those beliefs. I have envisioned and feared this scenario coming for a long time. In many ways the novel I am working on parallels it. This planet is a breathing, living organism and we mimic its existence merely by being at the top of the food chain. I personally feel that just as we fight a disease that tries to eat or destroy our bodies, so will this Earth try to destroy the cancer that has become human existence on its face if we don’t turn it around. Time indeed is running out. There is something insidious going on in Washington.

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    • ‘ This planet is a breathing , living organism ‘ you remind me of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s famous story , ‘ When the World Screamed ‘ . Doyle was an ardent spiritualist and wrote the story in 1928.

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    • Your comment brings to mind an interesting correlation … just in my brief studies, it appears that those who do actually earn their riches through applying intellect + hard work, are the very ones that are most philanthropic. Take, for example, Bill Gates, who is dedicated to using his wealth to support humanitarian causes both here and abroad. Poor people aren’t given, or are not able to understand the information that would enable them to help in the ‘good fight’. I look forward to your novel … it sounds like a very timely work. I think that to some extent we are all guilty. I certainly am … I throw away entirely too much, still drink my water from a plastic bottle that I carelessly toss in the trash each morning … sigh. We must do better, there is no other alternative. But most importantly, we must make it clear to our legislators that THIS is important to us, that THIS is our priority They simply aren’t getting it!

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  9. The most difficult scientific discoveries for any of us to accept are those that have the potential to threaten our lifestyle ; climate change comes in that category. One of the most recent suggestions is that we eat less meat since the almost one billion cattle ( that’s one per 13 persons) create vast quantities of methane. The mind boggles at the ramifications of this world wide , I expect even some learned scientists enjoy a Macdonald’s burger and the poor cooks and workers need those minimum wages to make ends meet.
    Still Hindu’s will be pleased that we can make more cows sacred , I look forward to see in them browsing up and down Downing street.
    Milk of course will become a rarity and cheese as expensive as truffles .
    Unfortunately the gas that cattle excrete is far more dangerous than carbon dioxide , namely methane , the global warmers nightmare.
    The climate deniers of course have the answer to this one : rubbish they say great herds roamed the globe for thousands of years , just who do these puffed up academics think they are kidding they are just protecting their own far too well paid jobs.
    Meanwhile the planet turns every twenty four hours regardless of the creatures it supports , and the moon looks down just as it always has.

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    • You are so right, my friend. It is the everyday things … a beef burger, a bottle of water, a wedge of cheese. Throw away that can, or put it in the recycle bin? Until recently, I knew that cars emitted CO2, that factories were major culprits, but had no idea that the burger I just ate or the water bottle by my bedside was equally damaging. To do the right thing requires thought, requires sacrifice and ofttimes inconvenience. But the alternative? I have grandchildren and great grandchildren … how can I, in good conscience, condemn them to a fate that I cannot even imagine, just so I can conveniently keep a plastic bottle of water by my bedside and eat the occasional burger? Like so many others, I am just beginning to understand …

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