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2020 Election Preview - GLOBAL Warming / CLIMATE Change & YOU!

For over half a century ago, politicians, industry leaders, the science community, etc. have known about global warming; the causes and devastation to come if nothing is done to stop it. Sadly, they have deliberately prevented alerting the global population of the potential impending catastrophic, cataclysmic disasters due to global warming. In fact, during an EPA meeting in 2001, the original term was ‘global warming’ was changed to the term climate change when then Vice President Cheney decided the term “climate change” was a less threatening term than was ‘global warming’! If people were given the knowledge their consumption of goods, ultimately destroying natural environments, then industries would not be able to profit and would not be able to fund political campaigns.

So, we hear a lot about climate change. In fact, many regions have seen drastic variances in weather caused by global warming. While we hear about climate change and/or global warming often interchanged despite the fact that they have very different meanings:

'Climate change', again as the name suggests, refers to the changes in the global climate (weather patterns) which result from the increasing average global temperature.  For example, changes in precipitation patterns, increased prevalence of droughts, heat waves, and other extreme weather like longer, stronger hurricane seasons, longer more fierce fire seasons, etc.  Global climate changes are a direct result of global warming.

'Global warming' refers to the long-term trend of a rising average global temperature that lead to extreme and/or regional climate changes. Example: in 2019 the Arctic reached a record air temperature of 90+ degrees. Global temperatures are measured by the world’s major meteorological agencies. These agencies measure, daily, weekly, monthly and compare annually the Earth’s temperature. These scientists collect readings and combine measurements from the air above land and the ocean surface collected by ships, buoys and sometimes satellites, too. Although satellite measurements only go back as far as 1979 with the installation of the first weather reading satellite

The effects of global warming are the environmental and social changes caused (directly or indirectly) by human behavior is the emissions of greenhouse gases. There is a global scientific consensus that climate change is occurring as a result of global warming is equally caused by human activities as the primary drivers.

What is greenhouse gases?

Greenhouse gases trap heat radiating from Earth to space. This heat, in the form of infrared radiation, gets absorbed and emitted by these gases in the planet's atmosphere warming the lower atmosphere and the surface.

The greenhouse gases that humans emit directly in significant quantities are:

• Carbon dioxide (CO2). Accounts for around three-quarters of the warming impact of current human greenhouse-gas emissions. The key source of CO2 is the burning of fossil fuels such as coal, oil and gas, though deforestation is also a very significant contributor.

• Methane (CH4). Accounts for around 14% of the impact of current human greenhouse-gas emissions. Key sources include agriculture (especially livestock and rice fields), fossil fuel extraction and the decay of organic waste in landfill sites. Methane doesn't persist in the atmosphere as long as CO2, though its warming effect is much more potent for each gram of gas released.

• Nitrous oxide (N2O). Accounts for around 8% of the warming impact of current human greenhouse-gas emissions. Key sources include agriculture (especially nitrogen-fertilised soils and livestock waste) and industrial processes. Nitrous oxide is even more potent per gram than methane.

• Fluorinated gases ("F gases"). Account for around 1% of the warming impact of current human greenhouse-gas emissions. Key sources are industrial processes. F-gases are even more potent per gram than nitrous oxide.

What are the major causes of greenhouse gases?

The short answer, over consumption of natural resources is causing damage (often unrepairable) to natural environments.

The longer answer, the number one cause is the burning of fossil fuel: oil/gas to drive our vehicles, the burning of coal to heat homes and run factories. However, factory farming, deforestation, over fishing our oceans, and some industrial processes are leading also major causes for global warming.

Which industries and activities emit the most carbon?

  • Energy. – Electricity & heat (24.9%) – Industry (14.7%) – Transportation (14.3%) – Other fuel combustion (8.6%) – Fugitive emissions (4%)

  • Agriculture (13.8%)

  • Land use change (12.2%)

  • Industrial processes (4.3%)

  • Waste (3.2%)

So what does all this mumbo-jumbo mean to YOU - the average person just living your life?

Well, again, in the short term, depending on what scientific community you speak too, we humans have about about an estimated 12 to 20 years of survival if we do nothing. Meaning if we continue to over consume natural resources (cutting down forests, over fishing our oceans, destroying our land with animal ranching, using single use plastics, not recycling - reusing - refurbishing - rehoming, etc. we’re dooming ourselves because we’re knowingly killing the very planet we live on and depend on for survival.

Even if you do believe in global warming, it can be frustrating as to what one can do, personally, to help alter the course. Especially when so many are still, despite the evidence, burying their heads in the sand and doing nothing! Many industries are literally trying to squeeze out every drop of fossil fuels from the earth in order to continue to profit. Most of the western culture is based on fossil fuels. Almost everything we consume have some form of fossil oil. Gasoline, tires, chewing gum, plastic water bottles, plastic containers, etc. Heck! We have some form of plastic in almost everything we touch during the course of our day!

Industries typically do not do the right thing unless and until one of two things occur:

  1. People/consumers put enough pressure on them to make changes

  2. Consumers stop buying products forcing industries to retool

  3. Politicians/lawmakers pass laws forcing changes

Sadly, the politicians do not pass laws until the damages are so severe, drastic loss of life, etc. because industry leaders, the uber rich, fund their re-election campaigns. This is why the presidential election of 2020 is so critical.

Beyond anyone’s political affiliation, WE are ALL going to have to pay the price for neglecting global warming and the ramifications coming our way if WE do not elect a person that will take global warming seriously! It is our belief, that beyond economic conditions, infrastructure, healthcare, education, and all the other issues at hand, none of them will matter if we do nothing to ensure we have a healthy planet to live on!

This is why, between now and Tuesday, November 3, 2020, we at Connection Earth will be actively pressing ALL presidential and congressional candidates for their knowledge, plans, proposals, and a willingness to address global warming!

We’ll use the correct term - GLOBAL WARMING because WE want you to be alarmed enough to start asking the touch questions:

  • What are industries doing to make their products more sustainable?

  • What can consumers do employ a more sustainable life?

  • What are the costs (health and financial) of not implementing changes vs the actual longterm effects of changes now?

  • How can we hold accountable those that are unwilling to adapt?

We want to give you a chance to ask your questions and we’d love to hear your concerns, questions, comments, etc. You can email us at:

ConnectionEarth@aol.com

We’ll be creating a list of questions and presenting them to ALL candidates to provide us their answers. We will then be publishing them for your review. It's important for you to have the data you need to make an intelligent decision when you cast your vote. We want you to be not only an informed voter but also an informed consumer as well.

Watch this SPACE!

In the meantime, here’s some articles to consider:

https://report.ipcc.ch/sr15/pdf/sr15_spm_final.pdf

https://theconversation.com/us/topics/climate-change-27?gclid=EAIaIQobChMI9YWz4qPY4gIVh9lkCh2Jzgk8EAAYAyAAEgJhoPD_BwE

https://cei.org/blog/climate-change-fossil-fuels-and-human-well-being?gclid=EAIaIQobChMIgOz64p3Y4gIVif5kCh3RFQ2MEAAYAiAAEgJzs_D_BwE

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2019/02/26/global-warming-99-9999-percent-chance-humans-cause/2994043002/

https://www.justfacts.com/globalwarming.asp

https://thefern.org/?gclid=EAIaIQobChMI9YWz4qPY4gIVh9lkCh2Jzgk8EAAYBCAAEgI-AvD_BwE

Nanette CarterComment