Friday, 8 June 2012

Denial is a beautiful thing

Hey, people of the world,
Again, apologies for not updating this blog in months- I have my GCSEs next week and so am busy studying. But I thought I'd take the time to drop you a few lines- nothing particularly amazing or inspirational, granted (also, exams have meant that my sense of humour has been surgically removed), but here you go.

Every so often, there comes a time when we need to do something, as the human population on this planet, that will help. We need to take part in something. Whilst in the vast proportion of the time, it's okay to sit passively on this planet and enjoy the ride, using the world as your vehicle, every so often, we need to stop riding in the vehicle and start driving it. If need be, we need to start mending it.

Wherever you are in the world, global warming will impact you. If you live on the coast, greater sea levels and thermal expansion will erode the cliffs or flood the land. If you live in a desert area, like Australia, you're going to be facing severe droughts and unbearable heat. If you live near a volcano, global warming can increase the chances of eruptions in certain places. If you're involved in any of these industries- agriculture, fishing, forestry, energy, construction, insurance, tourism - chances are, you'll be badly affected, maybe not in the very distant future. Low lying cities across the world: London, Amsterdam, Miami, Venice, New York, Mumbai, Singapore, New Orleans, Tampa, Essex and Tokyo to name just a few, don't stand a chance if global warming really kicks in. People don't want to get involved in fighting global warming because they don't want to make changes in their every day life. But change is imminent and unavoidable- whether you decide to make changes to your lifestyle and fight global warming, or whether you decide to kick back and relax- and let global warming swallow us up later.

Sorry, it's a bit heavy this time, but over the past few months I've done a lot of thinking. Denial provides a beautiful time in life, but destroys you later on. Ostriches have a fun time burying their heads in the sand, but it makes them vulnerable.
For me, all forms of denial stop at this point, the 8th of June 2012.
I'll leave you with this:

Global warming is our chance as citizens of the world to be part of something- something that will actually help. Once in every generation, or every few decades or so, there comes an opportunity where we as the people are needed for the cause- whether it's to help the people or the planet. In those times, we're called upon, and every decent person offers themselves to help. In the 1910s and 1940s, people were called upon to help with the wars, and people answered. When natural disasters happen, when international monetary aid is needed, people help. When people need us, we have a duty as human beings to do everything we can to help them.
When the people call, we're there.
Our planet can't call us. But we can still be there for it.

This is your call.

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