So everyone's talking about global warming. Anthropogenic climate change effecting the overall well being of the planet. As one of the leading causes of this problem, should we be doing anything to prevent further destruction? What can a single person do in order to improve the conditions we all live in?
First of all, let me say there is indisputable scientific proof the world is getting warmer. Average temperatures in the united states alone have raised as much as a degree. Not only were humans the cause of this, we also continue to cause it every day.
Having said that, I’m not concerned with the current state of the environment. The planet is roughly 4.54 billion years old. It has seen everything from devastating asteroid impacts, to massive natural disasters and everything in between. If the history of the earth from the time it formed, to now was made into a 24 hour long movie, humans would not appear until the last ten seconds. Our existence on earth has been microscopic in the grand scheme of things. With that in mind, it almost humorous to think that the exhaust from my saturn station wagon is going to be the straw that broke this camel's back. Don't get me wrong, I’m not saying we don't screw up the environment, because we most certainly do. But I think this planet will be just fine, even if I do throw a plastic bottle on the ground every once and awhile.
A single person's life does not last long here on earth, the life expectancy in the U.S. is 78.2 years. So I say live it up. Buy a fast car, get a big truck, throw oil in lake michigan if you're into that kind of thing. But next time you're at the gas station, pick up a pair of sunglasses and enjoy the ride. After all, I wouldn't mind some warmer winters in wisconsin.