Those who ‘don’t believe’ need to wake up

It’s baffling, but we still hear it and read it. Even here in Canada where we have an educated population.

“Oh, I don’t believe in climate change, or global warming, or whatever you call it.”

Or those that have finally conceded climate change might be real after all, but who still deny, deny, deny that human beings have anything to do with it.

Those who still don’t “believe” in climate change need to wake up. It’s not Santa Claus or the Easter Bunny.

It’s the baking hot summer weather with very little rain for months on end. Right here in Cowichan. It’s the increasing number of severe weather incidents across the globe, from unprecedented hurricanes to blizzards and floods.

It’s not just that we know about them more because of the 24-hour news cycle and video from around the world.

For those who don’t think human beings can possibly have any part in causing it, well, they need to wake up, too.

Our population has exploded across the globe and continues to expand. But we’re little, right? Small dots on this blue and green earth. Sure, as individuals.

But consider that in 1970 there were about half as many people in the world as there are now. That’s right. Half. There are over seven billion people in the world in 2015. At the beginning of the 20th century (1900) there were less than two billion people in the world.

And think of the technologies we have developed since. Cars have proliferated. Power plants. Feats of engineering those who came before could never have imagined. We’ve slashed down forests and fracked the ground.

And yet people still think our actions – the actions of billions – aren’t enough to have devastating consequences. If you don’t get it now, what is it going to take?

It may be momentarily comforting to live in that kind of denial, so that nothing has to change in your life, but it’s not realistic long-term.

We’re seeing the effects now, imagine the world your children and grandchildren, nieces and nephews will be living in.

What will you tell them when they ask you why you didn’t stop the calamity when you had the chance?

Our way of life, pillaging non-renewable natural resources until there’s nothing left, cannot continue indefinitely. That’s just not how reality works. We need to take off the blinders.

We need to encourage new ideas, develop new sources of energy, not be scared into inaction and chained to conventional thinking.

As destructive as human beings can be we are also inventive and innovative, dreamers and survivors.

We can build a better future.

Just Posted

Old-growth logging protesters block a road on Monday, June 14. This is not the blockade at Honeymoon Bay referred to in the story. (Facebook photo)
Old-growth logging protesters block RCMP access on road near Honeymoon Bay

Police were on their way to enforcement in Fairy Creek area when they were stopped

Cowichan Citizen and Lake Cowichan Gazette announce new publisher

David van Deventer has been with Black Press Media since 2014

Island Health is bringing a vaccination clinic to Lake Cowichan starting June 23. (Submitted)
COVID vaccine clinic coming to Lake Cowichan as area numbers lag

Clinic will operate at arena starting June 23

The Tsow-Tun Le Lum Society, which has been operating a treatment centre on land leased from the Nanoose First Nation for 35 years (pictured), has begun a fundraising campaign to open a new centre near Duncan. (Tsow-Tun Le Lum Society photo)
New Indigenous treatment centre to be built near Duncan

Centre will help survivors of residential schools

Rick Ruppenthal of Saltair will host a 12-hour talk-a-thon Friday, June 18 over Facebook live. (Photo submitted)
Talk-a-thon to focus on men’s mental health issues

Saltair man spearheading a campaign to generate more conversation during fundraiser

Maxwell Johnson is seen in Bella Bella, B.C., in an undated photo. The Indigenous man from British Columbia has filed complaints with the B.C. Human Rights Tribunal and the Canadian Human Rights Commission after he and his granddaughter were handcuffed when they tried to open a bank account. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Heiltsuk Nation, Damien Gillis, *MANDATORY CREDIT*
VIDEO: Chiefs join human rights case of Indigenous man handcuffed by police in B.C. bank

Maxwell Johnson said he wants change, not just words, from Vancouver police

Two ambulances and a medevac helicopter are on scene at Taylor River Flats rest area on Highway 4 due to a serious motor vehicle incident. (PHOTO COURTESY MAGGIE BROWN)
Highway 4 reopens between Port Alberni and Tofino

Multi-vehicle accident temporarily closed highway in both directions

Tk’emlups te Secwepemc Chief Rosanne Casimir stands outside the former Kamloops Indian Residential School after speaking to reporters, in Kamloops, B.C., on Friday, June 4, 2021.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Kamloops chief says more unmarked graves will be found across Canada

Chief Rosanne Casimir told a virtual news conference the nation expects to release a report at the end of June

Cannabis bought in British Columbia (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)
Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

A woman wears a vaccinated sticker after receiving a COVID-19 vaccine at a vaccination clinic run by Vancouver Coastal Health, in Richmond, B.C., Saturday, April 10, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
B.C. ranks among highest in world in COVID-19 first-dose shots: health officials

More than 76% of eligible people have received their 1st shot

A screenshot of the First Peoples Cultural Councils First Peoples’ Map. (First Peoples Cultural Council)
Online resource blends B.C.-Alberta’s Indigenous languages, art and culture

Advisor says initiative supports the urgent need to preserve Indigenous languages

An artists conception of the new terminal building at the Pitt Meadows Regional Airport.
Air travel taking off in B.C., but lack of traffic controllers a sky-high concern

There will be demand for more air traffic controllers: Miller

Canadian Armed Forces experts are on their way to North Vancouver after a local homeowner expressed worry about a military artifact he recently purchased. (Twitter DNV Fire and Rescue)
Military called in to deal with antique ‘shell’ at North Vancouver home

‘The person somehow purchased a bombshell innocently believing it was an out-of-commission military artifact’

Amy Kobelt and Tony Cruz have set their wedding date for February, hoping that more COVID-19 restrictions will have lifted. (The Macleans)
B.C. couples ‘gambling’ on whether COVID rules will let them dance at their wedding

Amy Kobelt and Tony Cruz pushed back their wedding in hopes of being able to celebrate it without the constraints of COVID-19

Most Read