Earth needs our help: Putting an end to the debate

Photo by Carolina Pimenta

Photo by Carolina Pimenta

A few nights ago, I found myself indulging in what are considered to be two of the most dangerous pastimes: thinking and drinking. I find these hobbies particularly dangerous for me, specifically because when I think, I get very connected to my emotions, and when I drink, things start to get political. Mix the two of those together, and you have yourself a night featuring a passionate conversation with the stranger next to you at the bar who just wants to be left alone so he can do his own thinking and drinking. While I may have ruined that poor man’s night, I am still stuck on our discussion because it was about something very important to me: the environment.

The reason I tend to get so political when I’ve had a few drinks is due to the fact that politics infuriate me. I hate that one conversation between friends can just as easily turn into an argument and, in some cases, ruin a relationship entirely. I especially hate the issues that are ignored in order to defend certain opinions, such as the environment. If I had a dime for every time someone said they did not believe in global warming, I would probably have somewhere around $2.50. There aren’t many that share this opinion in Charleston, and there’s a good reason why: it’s because of the overwhelming amount of evidence in the scientific community that proves this to be true. For a species that identifies themselves as the most intelligent, I find it a bit ironic that there are groups of people who would rather die from a fixable natural phenomenon rather than face the facts.

According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Jan. 2019 report, January of this year was the third highest global temperature average since the 20th century. And, if that isn’t enough evidence for you, check out the 1,500 page Fourth National Climate that was released last year.

There’s a whole section on Charleston, and the numbers are astounding. The city has a Sea Level Rise Strategy plan, and they have already invested 235 million dollars towards future projects involving the protection of the city from the ocean. Each time the crosstown floods, it costs the city 12.4 million dollars. It is very doubtful that money on that scale is being invested into something that does not exist. It’s an undeniable fact, and it is affecting us in our own backyard.

While climate change by itself is doing a number on the ecosystem, less talked about topics, such as the threatened population of golden hamsters in Syria, will eventually bite us in the ass in some form as well. It sounds absurd, but it’s all a giant Butterfly Effect. The loss of any species is destructive to its ecosystem. Everything we do affects something, and the eradication of organisms is only going to expedite our impending doom.  We ourselves have contributed to the inevitable destruction of the planet that gave us the ability to thrive in the first place, and I have to say, it’s all pretty stressful to think about.

But perhaps instead of stressing ourselves out, we should do something about it. Maybe, we should attempt to better the world around us so that generations after us can have a cleaner place to have political debates. Instead of debating about whether or not Earth will adapt, perhaps we should look at the facts first and use our brains to work together.

Mother Nature doesn’t speak English, so it’s up to us to interpret her needs and take care of her.

Article by Staff Writer Duncan Kackley