“The sense of urgency has been highlighted by a series of sobering reports released by scientists over the past year. A landmark United Nations report from last year warned that the world has little more than a decade to limit catastrophic climate change, which will involve millions of people displaced by sea level rise or subjected to deadly heatwaves, as well as the loss of almost all of the planet’s coral reefs.”

Oliver Milman in New York
 @olliemilman

Tue 22 Jan 2019 12.45 EST
climate change acidifies oceans and kills coral reefs on which all ocean life depends

Ten years. We are now within the final decade of the decades that lulled the majority into complacency. Ten years. That’s the time we have left to make significant if not drastic changes in how we live and how the world of commerce functions if we are to divert absolute catastrophe.

No longer a “Someday” thing, the effects of climate change are impacting people globally. The effects are being reported almost daily. Record breaking heat waves, drought, storms, devastating effects on cities and food production, not to mention the very air we breathe,

10, 9, 8 … Counting down

Where are the ten year plans? the five year plans? I hear candidates talking about being 100 per cent renewable by 2025 or 2030. “TOO LATE!!” I want to scream at them. We are in the final countdown to the obliteration of life as we know it. And why, you may ask, should we care about coral reefs? Do you like to breathe? Do you even think about it? Where does the oxygen that keeps the red blood pumping through your arteries come from? My friends, we are dependent on the health of coral reefs as well as forests and healthy oceans and all the living breathing body of Mother Earth, Gaia, to keep our overlooked breath going in and out.

How many breaths will it take ’til we know

Too many species have died. And when will we all raise the cry?

I don’t see concern rising to the level needed. We just returned from a short trip “abroad,” although driving into the Vancouver metro area from the Seattle metro area hardly presents much culture shock. We flipped the switch on the Prius speedometer from miles to kilometers and had to spend five dollars for a day of international roaming charges on the cell phones. Otherwise, we might as well have not crossed an international border that required inquiry into whether we were either taking gifts to our friends or bringing back anything they had gifted us.

  • We received more scrutiny than the 106, one hundred six! train cars full of coal that filed past without stopping as we waited at the border crossing. We also watched trains including oil tanker cars taking Alberta heavy oil south in exchange. All that carbon fuel spent on transporting the raw material for more carbon to be burned and released into the atmosphere.

In an effort to maintain a separation from partisan politics in this blog, I am not referencing the story in a recent Guardian that referenced another two month old article titled,

Americans’ climate change concerns surge to record levels, poll shows

The concluding paragraph of that article sums up the level of alarm that is rising, “The sense of urgency has been highlighted by a series of sobering reports released by scientists over the past year. A landmark United Nations report from last year warned that the world has little more than a decade to limit catastrophic climate change, which will involve millions of people displaced by sea level rise or subjected to deadly heatwaves, as well as the loss of almost all of the planet’s coral reefs.”

Yes, you already read that in the opening paragraph. Can it be said too often? It is time to call the ambulance, get to the ER, make sure we are buckled in for launch, because the countdown has begun.

What are YOU doing NOW to turn this trend around? How have you already changed your life to reduce your carbon footprint? What more could you do to make the changes necessary for a more sustainably livable future?

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