Climate change is “green baloney?” Recently, I wrote an article: “Going Green is Easier Than You Think.”
I shared this article with various social media networks and Facebook Groups. Individuals in one particular group had some derogatory comments aimed at me and my article.
I’m Accused of Being a “Communist”
For the record, I served in the United States Armed Forces during the Viet Nam War. During that time the U.S. drafted young men to serve in the military. It was like a lottery. The U.S. government picked birthdays at random and if your birthday came up you were forced to serve. Unlike many young men at that time, I enlisted, before my number (256) was picked.
To accuse me of being a Communist based on my concern for our environment and the lives of people and animals is not surprising to me.
After all, I remember when the military granted me some leave for rest and relaxation. As I hitch-hiked home to visit family and friends wearing my military uniform, people spit on me, and threw rocks, stones, bottles, and cans at me.
Nevertheless, another commenter in this particular Facebook group also compared me to the 18th century English scholar, Reverend Thomas Robert Malthus, who was the first to warn us of the dangers of overpopulation with his book, “An Essay on the Principle of Population.”
Still others denied that natural resources on Earth are becoming scarce.
Your Opinion is Important!
I respect people’s rights to have opinions and speak out; however, accusations and/or implications that I am a “Communist” are truly unnecessary.
Maybe it was people like him who spit on me and threw rocks, bottles, and cans at me when returning home in uniform–strong in their beliefs and opinions to the point of causing physical violence and verbal abuse.
In my opinion, any form of labeling of a person is discriminatory and archaic. I’m not stupid–I’m a well-traveled educated man! And I don’t get involved in politics. However, I guess some people view speaking about ecology, sustainability, saving human, animal, and plant life as part of the political arena.
This is my calling! As idealistic as it is, the sole purpose of my business and speaking out is to save lives, make living on Earth better for the present and future generations, and help those in need.
Nonetheless, the world is ever-changing.
Rivers are overflowing, crops are failing, severe storms are killing people, and forests are turning to tinder and glaciers and melting at an alarming rate.
For decades, the climate has been changing, drastically. Even though there have been an overwhelming number of severe weather events; droughts, heat waves, floods, and historic storms, we are receiving messages from the media that are as confusing as the messages and response of the tobacco industry regarding the harmful and deadly affects of tobacco use—they blatantly denied that smoking causes cancer.
Today, those who have an interest in fossil fuel claim that burning oil and coal is not affecting the earth’s climate.
There are some facts to consider.
- The ten hottest years on record have all occurred since 1998
- Droughts are threatening the lives of millions
- 1000-year floods occur around the world every year
- Island nations are going underwater
- Seas are rising and washing away entire communities
How Do You Find Solutions?
Personally, like many others, I cannot provide solutions to our ecological dilemma. I can do my part in reducing my carbon, ecological footprint in many ways. I can also search for solutions and share them with you to help us live healthier lives without causing harm to others.
For now, I suggest we read and view material with an open mind.
Gather other people’s perspectives on issues.
Do your own research.
Be eclectic in your approach to all issues in life…