Al Gore’s movie, An Inconvenient Truth, is extremely convincing about an individual fact: global warming is not just a hypothesis any more. It’s happening now and we are already suffering its devastating consequences: climate change, hurricanes, tornadoes, flooding and drought.
The movie thoroughly reviews the source of the changes we humans have caused to the atmosphere, the Earth and the climate, but unfortunately, it stops short of addressing what must be performed and who’s in charge of introducing the mandatory solutions.
When things decrease in Naples, FL, where I live, and the warmth wears me down, I think of far places, far over time and distance, where I’d rather be. I can easily see myself in cooler places, enjoying outdoor activities, like Santa Marta, on the northern coast of Colombia, where in fact the snowy mountains meet up with the ocean and the breeze makes fans unnecessary.
Or in Montreal, where people happily greet the warmth of summer and moods change as soon as they could shift from a life underground to living at first glance of the city. Or on a New England farm, where I’d be beneath the refreshing shade of a tree. Maybe in a little town in Spain, bustling with visitors, who freely stroll down the street.
But with temperatures getting higher every year, we are becoming so used to artificial environments that outdoor life is no further as appealing since it used to be start a backyard movies company . We cage ourselves into our’containers,’ turning on A/C and fans, while mindlessly adding to the larger temperatures we should escape from.
I close my eyes and wish I possibly could restore those vacation moments that I badly miss. And when I feel a little guilt slipping in for not fully surviving in today’s moment, I soothe myself by convinced that the remembrances of good times past are an integral part of today and that I will doubly enjoy memories by savoring them in today’s, for memories can become the building blocks for another that we will make together. They allow us to examine what’s gone astray and become a point of reference for solutions that we could implement.
We must ask ourselves: Has technology made our lives easier and more pleasant? Do we find more time available for ourselves, our children, friends and family? Are we a healthier society, physically, mentally or emotionally? When we cannot answer with a resounding “Yes,” to all those questions, we need to wonder if we are on the right track to the long run or if we lost the compass somewhere in the past.
Due to the magnitude of the situation, global warming is becoming a moral problem that concerns every one of us. However, I resist the indisputable fact that individual initiatives can stop global warming. It has recently gone too far. In the look for commodities, we have paradoxically lost quality of air, water and yes, also the standard of living we were longing to achieve. So it’s no further an individual problem, no further a solely political problem.
The way we live has changed into a complex spiritual problem. It raises the question of who we are really and who we may become as human beings. We must answer what’s first; pleasure or duty? Can we are now living in austerity or continue our wastefulness?
I can do my best as an individual, but I know it’s not enough. I take advantage of fluorescent bulbs, reuse and recycle, turn fully off the A/C when I’m not at home. Mine is a small, rather efficient car and I ensure that I practice smart driving. I stop by the post office and the grocery store on my way home from an appointment, not merely to truly save gas, but to avoid putting unnecessary fumes in the air.
I make certain the car stays in tune, in order that I’m not responsible for added gas emissions. However, I’m sure that I would gladly take a bus if my county’s transportation system offered more routes and better schedules. Some options that might be really earth-friendly are not even offered anymore. As an example, I find prepackaged food even in farmer’s markets and I usually get more waste that I intended.
Can I make the stores again sell products by the pound? Can I make my county improve mass transportation? Maybe as a collective, we’re able to force some changes by making smarter choices that increase the demand for healthier options. Voters are determined to elect a leader who seems quite a conscious individual. Let’s be alert and find methods to participate in the democratic process to force our Congress to really make the right choices, resisting the pressure of the big buck companies that don’t take care of the planet.