I took a few days off from writing, only to come back and wonder how I’ll ever catch up. There are too many fascinating topics living under strange and massive umbrellas with the words Climate Change sewn ironically along their edges. More scrabble to take cover there all the time. So, I suppose it’s just me facing the challenge of organizing areas of interest, and challenging you to do nothing more but to read and think…think and read. I’ll promise to stay interesting if you’ll promise to stay interested.
I’ve read a lot of opinion regarding the Big CC, and it really runs across the entire spectrum, ranging from those who aren’t going to change their entrenched views, come Hell or High Water, to those who think the sky is falling tomorrow and there’s really nothing left to do at this point but to wallow in despair, then die. Both these personality archetypes leave me a little sad, and concerned.
I don’t fall into either camp, and I’ll bet you don’t either. I’m not stubborn enough to think that 97% of all scientists could possibly be wrong with the connection they’ve established between CC and human activities as the major contributor behind it. But I’m also never going to be convinced that there is no hope to be had. Maybe we are in for some rough waters, but perhaps with the growing change in people’s perceptions about the planet and our place on it and in it, things will ultimately work out for the best. I’m not being a Pollyanna, but I also refuse to be a Chicken Little.
The challenge I would pose to anyone, including myself, is to remain open-minded, to use your God-given faculties of mind, to weigh the hype against the facts, the politics against the logic, the possible against the probable. There is so much good information out there to be had, but you have to do a little digging, at times, to separate the wheat from the chaff.
If you’re like me, you don’t even know how you wound up so interested in all this Climate Change stuff, but here we are, and it’s not so bad. It’s an endless adventure, a journey that has no end, a bottomless treasure chest full of facts and figures and people and places. I’m learning so much, and having a great time doing it. I couldn’t think of a more intriguing topic to stimulate my gray brain if I tried.
Now what can I tell you about next?