It seemed clear to me that anyone watching Al Gore’s documentary regarding the condition of our Earth would be ready to help wherever they could. I was shocked to find that, despite the studies and his attempt to explain them in “real world” terms, some just didn’t get it. Upon traveling into the message boards of the website tied to this movie and elsewhere, I was discouraged to find people stating that the whole thing was a sham and that he didn’t explain things (i.e. how carbon dioxide was trapped in the atmosphere – the cartoon seemed pretty clear to me, what were they looking for??) that could have verified their point. It seems to me that many people simply do not want to put forth the effort required to approach issues such as global warming. I wonder what they think of this whole terrorism farce.
Further research has shown me that we can expect dramatic changes to many countries by 2045 with epic proportions by the year 2100. Now, I may not be alive then, but it’s likely my children will be and assured that my grandchildren will have to deal with the problems caused by displaced populations and lack of resources! My mother often comments that she cares what happens to the Earth because of my children. Unfortunately, this has not motivated her to become less of a consumer or to do at least a little bit of recycling. All I can do is sigh and step it up that much more in the hopes of making at least a small difference.
I believe our first order of business should be just that. Businesses generate a lot of waste and are the biggest consumers. Take a look at NASCAR. The tires used by each team in a single season could likely be recycled to pave hundreds of thousands (if not millions) of parking lots and roads. My recent stay at a local hospital opened my eyes to the usage problems they generate (almost paradoxically to the good they are trying to do). Every morning, two brand new trash liners were placed in the receptacles in my room – regardless if the previous liner had only a pair of gloves in it. Multiply that by 300 rooms! There is so much that can be done to slow our contribution to the problem and maybe more that can help us contribute to a reversal! I was unable to find out which elements we would need to send up into the atmosphere to neutralize the carbon dioxide molecules, but I’m sure there must be something. Also, in the interest of creating jobs for a few years, why don’t we organize teams to go into landfills and remove recyclable wastes (such as glass and plastics)? If someone were to look for something they can do to help the problem, there is certainly no lack of need. Unfortunately, there aren’t enough people taking an interest.