Forget the neutrality of "climate change." In a report to Congress, the National Academy of Sciences says global warming is the real deal. After two millennia of relatively stable temperatures, our planet is the hottest it has been in 400 years.
So what are we going to do about it?? Al Gore says in his movie "An Inconvenient Truth," that there are some concrete things that we as individuals and as a nation can do to reverse this pattern.
I decided to ask my good friend, and the president of his college Science Club and Chess team president, Happy Feller. I asked Happy about his personal plan to fight global warming, since he is The Happy Man on Campus and a Science and Environmental Brain Award recipient as well.
He invited me to hang out with him. So we started walking down the street to the bus stop together. We stopped briefly and talked to our good friends WeezieLou and Earl, who was spreading mulch on his wife's flower beds. (Be sure and click on Earl's link, as he has some handy tips for you as well on his Friday night blog.)
Neither Happy nor I smoke, but he saw another neighbor smoking and talked to him about cigarette smoke polluting the atmosphere. I was unimpressed. How can that make a difference, I wondered?
Next we went to the library where he looked up the addresses of his state and national congress varmints and wrote letters to all of them imploring them to act quickly on this issue.
He also caught up on the back issues of Mother Jones while we were there and read a few revolutionary links that Celticfire and Ladycelticfire had sent him. He also said hi to Stella, who was using the computer in the library, checking out the poetry section. Happy got on the computer and read a few sites that had good information.
An article written by Elizabeth Brandon at The Blue Republic caught his eye. He read that and smiled as he scribbled a picture of a small lily.
Then he went out and we got some lunch. We ran into LeftofCenter, who was there with his family and he gave me some great photography tips. We sat down and ate hurriedly.
How much energy had gone into making the food we ate, I wondered, and in air-conditioning the restaurant? Energy that was heating up the planet.
We got to the copy shop and Happy made Xerox copies of the list he had created with ideas that we as individuals can do to lower the pollution in the air. He was going to post them on his neighbors' front doors, especially his close friend Rex, who had good intentions, but thought it was his patriotic duty to buy a new gas-guzzling SUV.
His list wasn't very long, but gosh, darn, he tried. And he made extra copies of the letters to his congressvarmints, too, while we were there, a few even had his buttcheck prints on them. Then it was time to mail the letters. We took the bus. It was a hot Texas day and it made me wonder how much the buses were polluting the atmosphere. I happened to look up on one of the overpasses and noticed some anti-war posters. I figured they were the work of PTCruiser! Oh, how we both giggled over that.
We finally arrived at the Post Office just before it was closing time. We bought the stamps and the letters to Congress were mailed! Mission Accomplished. What else could we do? It was still light out, barely. Soon it would be time for me to go home. As we were coming out the soor, we saw Sumo heading in to check her peace mail. And Peacechick Mary was right behind her with Pissed Off Patricia, who was still drinking her morning martini.
We got to the corner and saw Graeme, who was heading off to a union rally. By the end of the day, I was really tired of fighting global warming and decided to take a break.
We headed toward 6th Street and engaged in a friendly game of pool with the poetryman. I was ready for that warm glass of beer while I sharpened my poolstick and called corner left pocket in a game of stripes and solids.
But I was still not satisfied. Weren't there more things we sould be doing to help reduce the effects of global warming?
Since Happy Feller wore me out, I decided to ask my readers if they could help fill in the blanks on this weighty global warming question and help come up with some suggestions for people, things they can do in their own lives to help out. Please tell me, what do you do, or what would you like to start doing?