My husband, Colin Hillstrom, has a very good point:
As long as we are preoccupied with the ‘argument’ of whether global warming is human caused or part of an epic and ongoing cycle natural to nature … we miss the point. We miss the point that very real and massively consequential shifts are taking place as we breathe. Shifts that, if we do not heed their warning signals, could result in our species’ entire extinction – a suffering so much greater than the individual suffering we are each familiar with.
How can we crack open the egg, revealing an entirely new and relevant and unarguable discussion – one that can open swiftly into pro-active action to ensure our survival?
Let’s put the ‘global warming – is it real? is it human effected? question aside.
Instead, let’s focus on pollution.
Pollution is inextricably related with the fact that global temperatures are markedly rising. And yet the existence of pollution – and the question of who is creating it – cannot be disputed.
All around us, we see more blatant consequences of our human polluting: toxic water, soil, air, and all the ecosystems that exist within and among these.
Prior to the industrial age, human pollution was minimal – save for unsanitary disposal of human effluent and grey water. We didn’t have chemicals yet. We didn’t have vehicles and computers and all sorts of non-biodegradable devices filled with toxins that we simply discard. We hadn’t invented them yet.
This became blatantly obvious to me when I was in northern India during monsoon. It was the plastics – primarily bags and water bottles – created by western markets and now desired in this ‘developing’ nation, that marred the foothills of the Himalayas.
And in the Brazilian Amazon, n the ‘yard’ outside houses made from natural and biodegradable materials, the ‘compost heap’ was now filled with rusting oil cans, plastic containers, and the like. It was so obvious to my naked western eyes that – before the influx of ‘developed’ world’s inventions, this ‘compost heap’ would have been just that: vegetable peelings and excess building materials that would have decomposed in relatively short spans of time.
Read more in recent related posts including “Global Warming or Pollution? – Part 2” 🙂
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Questions to Ponder: Do you ‘believe’ that global warming is a real phenomenon? What pollution do you see, smell, taste, sense around you? What are some of the primary causes of it? What can you do to minimize or eliminate these causes?
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