Tag: Politics and climate

Suggestion: Don’t Call it Climate Change, Call It What It Is…Catastrophic

climate_talkIn an email today, the folks at Universe Spirit suggested that those of us concerned about the climate on Planet Earth stop using the phrase “climate change” to describe the group of problems that have brought the globe to the brink of humanity’s extinction. They argue that the term “climate change” was injected into the debate by organizations, companies, and individuals who oppose the idea that climate change is real or that humanity is causing or exacerbating the problem. I don’t know the history, so they may well be right. Either way, there call for a change in language seems like it probably has merit.

On the other hand, they suggested changing the phrase to “escalating global warming” or “climate destabilization”. They contended that either or both of those phrases lends a greater sense of urgency and removes the problem from the realm of recurring, naturally caused issues. While I agree that they have come up with two phrases that do sound more critical and urgent than “global warming” or “global climate change”, I don’t think they’ve gone far enough in suggesting that we re-label the debate.

To me, we are experiencing “climate catastrophe” or perhaps, “climate disaster.” Those both to a better job, in my opinion, of addressing the urgency and the unnatural character of the crisis.

So, in response to their request that I take a pledge to stop saying “climate change,” I agreed to do so. I will henceforth refer to it as either “climate catastrophe” or “climate disaster”.

Even Ex-GOP EPA Chiefs Are Convinced of Global Climate Change Urgency

Four prominent former directors of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) have co-authored an Op-Ed Piece in the New York Times urging Republican lawmakers to stop playing denial and delaying games with the urgent problem of global climate change.

The four state in the opening paragraph of their article today, that, “the United States must move now on substantive steps to curb climate change, at home and internationally.”

No equivocation. No lack of clarity. Bald, clear statements.

The costs of inaction are undeniable. The lines of scientific evidence grow only stronger and more numerous. And the window of time remaining to act is growing smaller: delay could mean that warming becomes “locked in.”

Not only that, they endorse President Obama’s plan. While conceding they’d prefer a market-based solution, they acknowledge the futility of such action in view of the gridlock that is our national governing system.

The evidence and the support keep pouring in. Fifty or 100 years from now, long after I’m gone, our world will be in a crisis of the greatest proportion in human history solely because of corporate greed and American political gridlock.

Come on, people, this is not a political issue. It doesn’t have partisan “sides.” It has two sides: a huge, global defense led by the largest offender nation (guess who?) or the massive disruption of humanity on the planet. There are no other choices. The potential downside of doing nothing is orders of magnitude worse than the worst-case scenario of addressing the problem and finding out it was exaggerated or wrong.

Please, please, PLEASE watch this video. It will convince you of the need to act even if you’re a denier!