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Is Human Impact on the Earth Over Rated?

A friend sent me this link and I have to consider that the scientists may have a point. We know that the world was very much warmer climatically during the era of the dinosaurs and very much colder during ice ages, without any human intervention.

http://www.rense.com/general79/d3m.htm

However, at this point in my life, I have to question the source of funding for these scientists before I attach much weight to their findings.

Wikipedia Global Warming states,

“The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) concludes “most of the observed increase in globally averaged temperatures since the mid-twentieth century is very likely due to the observed increase in anthropogenic (man-made) greenhouse gas concentrations”[1] via the greenhouse effect.”

My project is about the impact of humanity on the earth. I believe that we can reduce our impact without seriously reducing our living standard if we do it in a thoughtful, directed way. Eventually, we can change society enough that we will be able to minimize our impact on the planet. It is happening now, and will continue to grow and spread because it make sense in a practical way.

No one is going to convince me that it is better to throw stuff in a landfill than re-use or recycle it.
This is an attempt to maintain the status quo. Buy things, break them and throw them away. Things are made more breakable and less fixable to speed up the consumerism process.

Check this out http://www.storyofstuff.com/

Watch the film.

I don’t want to live to buy.

As far as the global warming problem — certainly geology and the earth have natural cycles, but anyone who argues against using a motorcycle instead of a car, or a gasoline van instead of a propane van should be put in a closed garage with one running for a while and see how long it takes before someone has to drag them out.

The earth is a closed system — we have to consider that.

The poisons that would kill you when concentrated in a closed space, such as a garage, are still being released by all the millions of cars on the road. We are still breathing toxins in a diluted form and the increased carbon in the atmosphere is having an effect on the life on our planet and on the climate of the planet itself.

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  1. May 16th, 2008 at 03:22 | #1

    We’ve all known about global warming since the 1970’s. This is nothing new. Some scientists (the one I listened to on CBC radio the other night for instance) think that it’s just too late. May be. Better late than never. Can’t hurt to pray as well. That’s been scientificly proven too :)
    Nice to meet you Wed. night Victoria. The book looks beautiful. I will be by next week to make myself useful (I hope).
    Enjoy your weekend!
    Peace,
    Reggie

  2. May 21st, 2008 at 08:45 | #2

    Hi Reggie, It was nice to meet you too. I’m glad you like the book and the idea. It’s true global warming is nothing new. I wrote the Live More Lightly Song in the 1990’s, but now I think people are ready to take action. We are tired of waiting for the government or large corporations to make a change, so we are changing our own lives. If enough people change … it may be in time. If we don’t try — we can be sure that it will get worse.
    Talk to you soon — thanks for the comment. Victoria

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