Today is Blog Action Day! Every year, thousands of bloggers all over the world gather together virtually and discuss a topic.
Back in 2007, when I was just a newbie blogger, I joined the movement and the conversation regarding The Environment.
In 2008, we all rallied around the next topic, Poverty.
This year, the topic is Climate Change, and here I am once again. (You can follow conversations on Twitter by looking for the #BAD09)
Climate Change is one of those hot topics (punny!) that polarizes (hooo, I’m on a roll!) people, when it really shouldn’t. On the surface, climate change is climate change. You don’t have to be a scientific researcher to see that changes are taking place. The polar ice caps are melting. Wacky stuff is happening with the weather, and it’s all connected. (No, I’m not going to site sources, because a quick search on Google will give you an overwhelming amount of data.)
To be honest, I don’t know if humans caused this problem. I don’t know if this is where the Earth was headed in its climate cycle anyway. I think it’s a little of both…but at the end of the day, does it really matter?
Let’s agree to set aside the blame and look at what can be done about it.
Do I think that by recycling as much as we possibly can to keep trash out of our landfills will solve Climate Change? No, but I do it anyway, because recycling is a good idea and makes sense on so many levels. Even if it isn’t a solution, it’s a step in the right direction.
Do I think making our house as energy efficient as possible is going to solve Climate Change? No, but I do it anyway, because it saves us money and makes sense on so many levels. Even if it isn’t a solution, it’s a step in the right direction.
Do I think supporting research, funding, and implementation of renewable energy is going to solve Climate Change? No, but the thought of doing something better for the environment while reducing our dependence on foreign countries is not only practical and smart, it makes sense on so many levels. Even if it isn’t a solution, it’s a step in the right direction.
Do I think these things and more will solve Climate Change? I don’t think you can solve a complex problem with a single answer. Even if they aren’t a solution, they’re a step in the right direction.
And, I’ve always been a fan of going in the right direction.