Warming of the climate system is unequivocal, as is now evident from observations of increases in global average air and ocean temperatures, widespread melting of snow and ice, and rising global mean sea level.Unequivocal. You know scientists are never quick to use that word. This report is making headlines all over the world, and with any luck, things will start to sink in more with the general public, me included. A really heartening and immediate result of the report is happening in England. The Environment Minister there, David Miliband, said this:
The debate over the science of climate change is well and truly over, as demonstrated by the publication of today's report.He then announced that all secondary school children across England will be shown Al Gore's documentary on climate change, An Inconvenient Truth. Now that's how you make a change, isn't it? EVERY kid will see it. I know I've harped about seeing that movie, but it is very well done, not excessively partisan and, despite the name above the title, not dry or boring at all. Check it out.
This might come off as preachy, and Lord knows there are myriad changes I need to make, but how about everyone who reads this buys one compact fluorescent bulb this weekend? Or two, and give one to a friend. ALL the scientists agree that time is running out fast and that we have already committed the earth to centuries of warming temperatures and rising oceans. Can a few light bulbs help?
If every American home replaced just one light bulb with an ENERGY STAR, we would save enough energy to light more than 2.5 million homes for a year and prevent greenhouse gases equivalent to the emissions of nearly 800,000 cars.Me? I'm gonna buy a half-dozen because I feel like I've contributed more than my share of environmental gases this week. Dude, my car totally smells like broccoli, and I don't eat in there if you know what I'm sayin'.