Saturday, March 16, 2013

Save the Trees; Save Humanity

According the March/April issue of Relevant, "If nothing is done to prevent the expected rise of 2 degrees Celsius in global average temperatures by 2050:
--250 million people will be forced to leave their homes due to extreme weather disasters
--30 million people will go hungry as agriculture suffers
-- 1 to 3 billion people will suffer acute water shortages"

Ben Lowe writes,"Our generation is inheriting a climate crisis that is fast becoming one of the gravest threats to justice, peace and human flourishing worldwide.  According to the U.S. National Climatic Data Center, not only was last year the hottest year on record in the U.S., but October 2012 also marked the 332nd consectuive month of above-average global temperatures.  In other words, no one under 28 has experienced a cooler-than-average month."

What I love about these statistics is the connection they draw between the global warming crisis and humanity.  I think that too many Prius-driving "hippies" are written off as "tree-huggers."  What we need to realize is that working at reducing emissions and bettering the environment is not just about the critters and trees.  It's about looking out for ourselves and for our fellow man.  I'm pretty sure that once more people make these connections, we'll find much greater support in our fight against global warming trends.


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