I have been an active advocate for the environment all my life of almost 60 years. I’ve done the earth day thing, marched and helped clean up riverbanks. I was in step with my brothers and sisters in what is obviously the most important issue of our time. Or is it? I did a thought experiment and did some research that you should all take note of. I told myself to be open minded about my usual google searches that have always reinforced my beliefs in the environmental causes, especially the CO2 theory. I stopped demonizing the other side of the CO2 theory and thoroughly read up on questioning the validity of what is now a 23-year-old theory. Let that stick in your mind for a while. Call it a quarter of a century of a pending climate crisis. The reason I tell you this is because I’ve been on this crisis train since the beginning. I’m tired. I’m tired of telling our children that they probably won’t have grand kids. That isn’t an exaggeration because we call it a climate crisis after all. Never heard of a good crisis. Have you?
It bothers me as an environmentalist that we can only achieve our goals through some sort of a threat that produces fear and crisis. Why can’t we all work together to preserve, protect and respect our planet? Have you ever talked to someone and said something about the weather and they look up with a glassy eyed and worried look on their face and say, “Yes, what IS going on with this weather? Something is out of wack. This just isn’t right.” Are we fearing FOR nature now instead of fearing IT? I enjoy clear blue skies and breath in fresh air and who would miss the smoggy 50’s, 60’s and 70’s when a river caught fire in Ohio. I’m student of Rachel Carson and a lot of you probably don’t even know the name. That is sad. She brought in all the protections, laws and standards that made the environmental movement accomplish so much in such a short amount of time almost half a century ago. This is about the CO2 theory, that’s all. I don’t believe it anymore but I’m still trying to look at environmentalism without the threat that the theory has presented us. What is left is a world that needs to get off war causing oil and to maintain the successes that environmentalism has accomplished. We don’t need to fear anymore. We can all lead environmentalism down the responsible road now.Thanks for your time but please consider one last point. We are living longer now than at any time in human history as a species so it’s plainly obvious that the environment is not killing us. We have so much to be thankful for and like I said, let’s protect, preserve and respect our natural world. Because time has proven the CO2 theory to be a self-fulfilling prophecy after two and a half decades of predictions. Now we can now continue with optimism, not fear.
Does anyone understand where I’m coming from in trying to abandon the CO2 theory? Is anyone else willing to join me because I’m kind of alone with it now? I don’t mind being remembered for living through the Disco era but I refuse now to be laughed at in history for believing in the CO2 crisis. I’m convinced that not only where WMD’s a neocon lie, but so is the climate change theory. I think we all have to man up to our mistake and stop spreading so much fear into our culture. It’s a beautiful planet and I refuse to believe any longer that it is dying by human hands.Pollution does not stay in air forever, volcanoes? She’s a 5 billion year old planet and I think she is more resilient than we give her credit for. I’m going to embrace earth, not fear for it any longer. At first they just came for the light bulbs and I did not speak out. Because these days, I like to hide out in the darkness of my nice warm basement. Then they came for the plastic bags and I did not speak out. Because I was already using the replacement bag they had issued to me as per the minimum consumption laws made of 100% Polyester (imitation weave no less). Then they came with this giant, tandem diesel powered monster of a truck to pickup and compost my “bagged” leaves and I did not speak out because I didn’t have any bags. So they issued me their new paper bags with 100% of the 30% portion being recycled paper, or a 70% loss in real trees. Then they came for my oil and I did not speak out. Because they had already confiscated my Smartcar and recycled it into a wheelbarrow that they forced me to use every Earth Day to help them discover new sites to plant more and more and more trees. Then they came for the BBQ and I did not speak out. Because it doesn’t matter what the F*&% you do to a vegetarian hotdog, it still tastes like $hit. Then they came for the air conditioner and I did not speak out. Because by this time, the inevitable cool climate trend had cycled in once again as it has for billions of eons all by it’s poor little self, for reasons we do not and may not ever understand. Then they came to register me to vote, and I did not speak out. So they impaled my poor little weed infested, pesticide free front lawn with one of their plastic Green Party reelection signs. Finally they came for me and I COULD not speak out. Because there was nothing left to give, or take.