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Over the weekend, I helped a friend of a friend for a freelance project. For all intents and purposes, he was a really nice guy albeit a bit overly chatty.
As he yapped my ear off, our conversation veered into a really interesting direction.
Client: So where are you from?
Andre: New Jersey.
Client: Oh man, I feel sorry for you guys. How you holding up with the snow there?
Andre: It’s actually not so bad right n-
Client: You see, this is what I don’t understand. I hear all this talk about global warming, but I think it’s nonsense. How could we get so much snow if global warming is real? Those guys are bulls**t.
I wasn’t about to get into this topic because I would school this guy. However, he’s not alone in his thinking. For some reason, there are a number of Americans that debate this as well.
I’m living in Crazy Town.
I can’t blame them though – not totally anyway – because some of our own leaders deny climate change like a bastard child.
No offense to all the bastard children out there.
I LITERALLY heard a politician once say, “I disagree with scientists.” Think about that for a second; the guy who sits in an office all day discussing man-made politics disagrees with people who research things like climate change for a living.
That’s no different than Bible thumpers who still think evolution is some theory bred from the bowels of Satan himself. But instead of god being the motivating factor, money is running the show here. Oil companies lobby to keep this machine moving and their friends in high places shovel BS down the public’s throat as a result.
Symbiosis FTW, amirite?
Later that night, I watched an episode of Vice (if you aren’t watching, you totally should) that focused on rising ocean waters and, good Jeebus, is this more of a dire situation than I first thought. Call it willful ignorance on my part, but I had no clue Antarctica was melting at such a rapid rate. I had no clue very flat countries like Bangladesh are already feeling the effects with receding coasts. I had no clue we are facing an inevitable crisis.
I know, I’m quite the little ray of sunshine today, right?
It seems humanity is in quite the pickle, one that we’re not prepared to eat. But maybe this is something on which we should focus because our future generations will have to carry this weight. I mean, at least I don’t have kids nor do I plan on having them.
But what about all the parents out there? Are they actually cool with this? I really, really hope not because this is the future we’re facing. One day we’ll be gone and someone else will have to bear the weight. If we’re on a runaway train, let’s at least plan on how to brace for its eventual crash.
Or, you know, we can just keep pretending this isn’t a thing.