I love science. I wish everyone loved science, to better understand our planet. Earth is special, and we all need the blue planet.
But the current climate change is directly tied to us. The human population exploded after farming and then the industrial revolution, growing from millions to the current 7.5 billion people. (Photo by NASA)
The increase in average world temperatures corresponds perfectly with the increasing human population and our increasing use of fossil fuels.
Florida has been underwater in the past, which is why you can find terrific fossil shark teeth far inland.
China is negotiating for use of sea lanes in the Bering Sea, which are opening up as the arctic ice disappears. The increasing temperature provides greater energy for more powerful hurricanes and tornadoes. New areas will have drought and floods.
We’ll plant different food crops when the temperature and rainfall change; England has experimented with this for years, preparing for expected changes. Homes will become more energy efficient, with double-pane windows and better insulation. Wind and solar energy will help. (Glacier photo by ILTS SCIENCE – EARTH AND SPACE SCIENCE; solar panel photo by MIT.)
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle.
We can reduce our carbon footprint by ride-sharing, keeping our homes warmer in the summer, using ceiling fans, bringing our own bags to stores, and buying less to reduce industrial waste.
Call to stop receiving unwanted paper catalogs. Reduce the immense packaging waste of frozen meals by fixing food from scratch; these meals are often much healthier and cheaper. Freeze part for later meals. Buy locally whenever possible. Plant suitable trees or cacti, since roots help hold water and reduce erosion. (Photo by J.S. Burke)
Watch the excellent documentary Food Inc. (in some libraries) to learn the many consequences of mass production of food, including mass pollution. Eating organic is a vote for our health and the health of our planet.
Fracking involves the injection of undisclosed pollutants deep into the Earth to extract oil. This can permanently pollute an aquifer, making water resources toxic.
We want oil, but we need water.
There's an undersea world, an improbable friendship, a dangerous quest, and a "connectedness" theme. Glide across coral reefs and fly with dragons. Visit the deep abyss and toss colored lightning in the clouds.
“Everything is truly connected. Change one thing and you change the world.” ~ Scree. She's a natural shape-shifter, an octopus, and she speaks for the sea.
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