(First written 10/31/06)
Happy Hallowe’en. Today’s scary monster is climate change. If you aren’t worried about it, you should be. As the number of dead zones in the oceans increase at an alarming rate, maybe the problem will be solved when humankind is flooded out of coast areas – where people are heavily concentrated. Certainly, the flooding is going to happen sooner than we think. The ozone hole over the Antartic is at its largest ever (10.6 million square miles) guaranteeing a continuing rise in average temperatures, and accelerated melting of polar ice caps. At Lewes, Delaware, the sea has already risen a foot in the past century. Fish from Delaware waters are now more like you’d expect in Florida and the Gulf of Mexico.
So what are we doing about it? Most of us Americans waste ½ of the energy we use. There are a zillion ways to reduce dependency on fossil fuels: around the house; when shopping; and transportation. We have to do something now, or we’ll wish we had later. Many corporations are making some effort to cut their waste – but you’d be totally aghast at the amount of energy the military wastes. For example, the Navy has 12 active aircraft carriers, and when practicing launching and retrieving just one of these burns about 200,000 gallons of aviation fuel a day.
For our part, we regularly review and adjust our commitment to changing the way we do things. We encourage readers to take a ½ hour to discuss with their immediate family what they can and will do.