Sunday, 11 October 2009

Climate change my arse


No. I'm not going to turn off the standby light on my television. No, I'm not sitting in a pitch black or freezing cold classroom at school. And no, I'm not going to purchase solar panels to put on the roof of my house.
I think it's about time someone told the blunt truth about climate change. And to help me are the good old BBC news website. Browsing the website today, I found the article: 'What happened to global warming?' and it proved to be an excellent starting point for this post. The article states 'The warmest year recorded globally was not in 2008 or 2007, but in 1998. [...] For the last 11 years we have not observed any increase in global temperatures.'
What's that? So - hold on: the earth ISN'T actually getting warmer right now? That surprised me. With all the fuss about global warming, no matter how pathetically trivial, I would of at least thought it was actually HAPPENING. What's important is that my surprise came with no hint of relief. To be relieved about something you need to have been worried first.
Fact: climates change. The earth's temperatures have been fluctuating for as long as it has existed - there was an ice age, for god's sake - and somehow I don't think that was caused by car exhausts.
Short of going back to living life like we did 300 years ago, there's nothing we can do that could remotely change the environment. And believe me, you're going to be hard pushed to find ANYONE that would give up so much, no matter how much they care about polar bears and shit.
Goverments' climate change policies don't DO anything; they weren't designed to DO anything. They were designed to make people feel like they're being beneficial, to keep people happy. Recycling? - On too small a scale to do anything, and always will be. A tiny, tiny percentage of what you recycle is really used for anything worth it.
Solar panels? - Utterly crap, terribly inefficent, end of.
Turning the lights off? - When public buildings such as schools and the like urge you to turn the lights off when you leave a room, the last thing they're concerned about is the environment.
Heating? - See above.
Standby lights? - Don't you DARE try and tell me that leaving that pathetic little orange light on my TV on is going to kill a polar bear. I WILL strangle you.
Do you want to hear about a real issue? We could feed the world on the food that is thrown away BEFORE it even reaches the supermarkets.
Debate THAT. Unless of course, you're still too busy raving about dying polar bears to focus on dying children.
'timeforchange.org' would, of course, disagree.
'The main cause of global warming is in mankind's attitude to Nature.'
Sure, sure. Oh and also, WTF? That's not even a proper cause. The second I see the word 'nature' written with a capital letter, the culprit loses all credibility it may once have had, and I run a mile whilst doing my sceptical eyebrow raised face that I practice viciously.
I'll leave you with this. Think of the sheer vastness and massiveness of the sun. The sun heats our planet, rememember? Now think of switching off a lightbulb in your home.
Trust me, although you might think that's helping at all, you cannot compete with the sun. And (excuse my nonscientificness) if the sun wants to intensify and make our planet hotter, there's nothing we can do to save ourselves. END OF.

Thankyou for listening. You may want to know my opinions on other ethical issues, and my attitude to animals *stifled laugh*. If so, then let me know you're interested and leave a comment, or follow me. Right now I'm thinking 'screw fashion for the time being.' But once I've had the chance to have a nice old topshop trolley dash (I wish), who knows what will happen.

18 comments:

  1. OK, so I'll let you discount climate change as a myth created to stop the progression of society, but surely you can accept that the world does not have endless resources of fuel? The fact is (although you may think that everyone is crying over polar bears), eventually we are going to have to revert to 'living life like we did 300 years ago' unless we create a source of sustainable energy.
    To quote the BP Fuel website :'Global proved oil reserves in 2008 fell by 3 billion barrels to 1,258 billion barrels' and the global education project: 'Oil and gas are used as fuel energy in combustion engines and as "feed stock" for other industries — raw materials for the manufacture of other chemicals, such as plastics and agricultural fertilizer. There is a limited amount of fossil fuel. It is not "renewable" and there is no known way to make more. The energy stored in oil is significantly greater than in any other currently available source. There is no other equivalently cheap and powerful energy available from nuclear energy, natural gas, solar power, wind power, hydrogen, biomass or coal.'
    I'm not saying that turning off stand-by lights will fix it, but that I think you have to at least acknowledge a problem exists on some level. Also, you make the point that schools etc only care about you turning lights off because of bills. Well, I think that is applicable at home too. I'm not saying everyone has to start obsessively turning lights on and off, but leaving them on just to spite some eco- activist- what is the point?

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  2. I agree with you in that we don't have endless fuel resources, and yes, I acknowledge that a problem exists. However, the issue I addressed in my post was namely 'global warming,' and the irritations of when people pull the 'polar bear' card. It still stands that turning a light off or recycling a few things will not impact either global warming or the resource shortage in an effective way, and frankly I'm bored of people insisting it will! Something much, much bigger is going to have to happen to combat such a thing, and if the government and scientists truly believed the problem is as big as it is amplified to be, that something would have happened, or at least been talked about. I also do not believe we will ever have to resort to living life like we did 300 years ago, and the simple reason is this: technology. Where there is technology and intelligence, there is a way.
    Thankyou for your comment!

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