Worse Being Right?

<p>It is human nature to be right. It certainly is true in my case. However, I have learned to temper the need in order to be an acceptable member of society. There remains in my, though, one area in which I refuse to compromise: my assertion about the causes and urgent effects of global warming.</p>
<p>For the first few years of the new millennium, I was mildly tolerant of skeptics of the climate crisis but began losing my patience very quickly when I became a leader in the Sierra Club of Central Florida.</p>
<p><img src="http://www.arctic.noaa.gov/reportcard/images/essays/greenland/g1.jpg" border="0" alt="" hspace="10" vspace="5" align="left" />I have since moved beyond patience to a stage of constant vigilance in the hope of finding the one ideal message which will slay the skepticism dragon. I haven't found it yet but the evidence on my side of the argument continues to grow at a pace equal to the implosion of our biosphere, particularly the unspeakable melting of the Greenland permanent ice pack, as graphed here by NOAA. We really have mangled the natural systems which support life on this planet and the deterioration continues to worsen.</p>
<p>It was the late, great Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. who told us about the fierce urgency of now. While he quite rightly is known as a civil rights pioneer, he was an environmentalist, too. We need more people like Dr. King to bring the message to the masses. I do my part but lack his charisma.</p>
<p>If there is any good to come of the year 2008 in terms of the climate crisis, it is the fact that the evidence of the same fierce urgency of now has passed the tipping point of doubters, or at least the preponderance of facts ought to be enough to move each and every skeptic off the fence and into the environmental camp.</p>
<p>After skepticism, gradualism is the greatest enemy of a proper, planet-wide response to global warming. Simply put, there are some true believers who sleep at night by telling themselves that the situation is dire but that humanity will devise a means of surviving the worse.</p>
<p>If you are not profoundly worried by now about what will happen to the inhabitability of the third planet in the Sol system, <strong>heed this warning</strong>. The news is not good!</p>
<p><a href="http://www.keyboard-culture-global-warming.com/2008/07/in_northern_hemis... target="_blank">For quite some time, I have been ringing the bell of urgency</a>, attempting to press the panic button in people to awaken them from their complacency. Well, today, I have a new ally: incontrovertible evidence. All of the dire predictions and prophecies of doom which have emerged from our best scientific minds are coming to fruition <strong>and faster than most of the experts predicted.</strong></p>
<p>That's right, it's that bad.</p>
<p>So, what to do?</p>
<p><img src="http://mistersustainable.com/images/liberty.jpg" border="0" alt="" hspace="10" vspace="5" /></p>
<p>My advice is to grasp the severity of the situation with a little help from Hollywood. Back in 2004, Fox released <em>The Day After Tomorrow</em>. I saw it as soon as it opened and reviewed the film for the Sierra Club newsletter in Central Florida. The acting is OK and some of the effects are overdone for dramatic impact but the underlying facts are sound, spot on.</p>
<p>Here's the kicker: some aspects of the script, especially the disastrous and sudden shifts in ocean salinity factors, seemed grossly exaggerated in 2004 <strong>but we are tracking them today in real time!</strong></p>
<p>That's right, it's that bad.</p>
<p>I have provided the trailer for <em>The Day After Tomorrow</em> below. Watch it and then watch the DVD. It gives us a peek at the future, one which I hope that fine channels of information such as this one, will help us prevent. The fierce urgency of now will pay us a visit in the near future and start killing millions of people in a single shot across our collective bow if we don't act accordingly.</p>
<p>That's right, it's that bad &ndash; and, believe me, I wish that I were wrong.</p>
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<p><span style="font-size: xx-small;"><em><strong><span style="color: #006600;">&gt;&gt; <a href="http://www.keyboard-culture-global-warming.com">Be sure to visit Corbett's high-traffic expert blog on Keyboard Culture to read more.</a></span></strong></em></span></p>