OT: Al Gore and “The Climate Crisis”
Sorry for the off-topic.
I saw Al Gore on Swedish television last week. He had received the Gothenburg Sustainable Development Award and was holding a speech at the ceremony. As usual Al Gore was able to capture his audience with a mix of scaring facts and a call for action. This time he conveyed the new prediction that the arctic ice could be gone in as little as five years. While that could very well be a grave exaggeration, we can’t deny that something is terribly wrong with our climate.
Where I live, a coast town in the middle of Sweden, the rising temperature has been particularly noticeable. The first sign came in the late 1980’s when I experienced my first non-white Christmas. Now, having no snow in December has become normal.
This year, the year of 2008 – a year I’ll never forget – we have witnessed something I thought was impossible. This year we had rain in January. Where I live January is the winter month. It’s supposed to be cold and the only thing coming down from the skies should be snow. In my life, and I’ve been on this planet for 37 years, I have never experienced rain in January before. But this year it rained for ten whole days.
So what can we do? Well, Al Gore’s mantra is that “we can do something about it,” and I agree. There are definitely things I can do to reduce my share of released greenhouse gases. I can use my car much less (we have great public transportations here,) and I can, with little effort, save energy. Simple things would be a good place to start; like really turning things off when they’re not used (computers, the TV, lamps), turning heat down (human beings sleep best in 18 degree Celsius) or replacing old energy devouring machines (like our freezer from 1980).
My promise to you, my dear reader, and to the rest of the world, is that 2008 will be the year when I start to implement changes to become a more optimized human being. I will make sacrifices, my life will be less convenient, but I’ll do it happily for the sake of my children and for future generations.
My intentions are not entirely unselfish though, I expect the changes to have a significant and positive effect on my economy as well.
P.S. I can’t help wondering what the world would be like if the outcome of the election had been different.