Taking a Deep Breath for now, and for the Future

Filed in Important Stuff!, Our Planet by on May 31, 2017 11 Comments
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Danco Bay, Antarctica. The Antarctic Circumpolar Current plays an important role in the climate of the earth. Learn about it!  National Science Foundation.

I wrote parts of this for Earth Day this year, but with the possibility of the USA pulling out of the Paris Accord, I wanted to post it again. We cannot afford to let this happen, for many reasons. 

Take a deep breath and consider this: our planet is in danger. Don’t get me wrong, the earth will continue no matter how much we abuse it, but humans will not. The planet is in danger of becoming inhospitable for humans and other life on earth. I am a person who believes in science, and in the scientific method. The scientific method has shown over and over again a causal relationship between human activity and global warming. Climate Change is not a hoax, and no, humans aren’t responsible for all of it, but the fact remains that our poles are melting, our waters are rising, our air and water is suffering, and humans around the world are dying. A recent study shows 5.5 million deaths a year due to air pollution alone, and to a woman with a husband who had a double lung transplant, it is a scary statistic (BBC 2017). If we don’t stop this trend, our grandchildren will be living in an unhealthy, miserable world. I have widely traveled and seen the damage rising water and temperatures are doing. So, here are some options to help you live a better and healthier life, and save clean air and water for your children and grandchildren. America even considering leaving the Paris Accord is a disaster for us all.

  • Plastic is a problem. The ocean is critical to life on earth. We cannot survive without the oxygen made in the ocean, and there is so much plastic in it that wildlife is eating it, dying from it, and contaminating our food sources. Plastic is a way of life, it would be almost impossible to eradicate it from our lives, but we can be more mindful about the harm it can cause. We can reduce our use of single plastics by simple methods such as reusing our grocery bags, saying no to plastic utensils and straws that are offered to us, and reducing our intake of bottled water. We can use biodegradable trash bags and recycled paper goods. Recycle your plastic! And cans and bottles as well. Every little bit helps!

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    Beautiful Beach Walk in Carmel, CA

  • Reduce your intake of meat. It really is not that difficult, I promise! Animal agriculture is responsible for more than half of the harmful emissions to our warming planet. It also requires massive amounts of food, land, water, and energy (let alone the suffering of the animals). It really is not difficult to go a day without meat. Join Meatless Monday! Check out this out: eat one less burger a week and it is the equivalent of not driving for 320 miles. Going meat and cheese-less for one day a week is the equivalent of not driving for 5 weeks! If the entire USA joined in Meatless Monday it would be the equivalent of taking 7.6 million cars off the road! (Earthday.org)

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    Do Citizen Science to preserve our megafauna!

  • Give to a foundation that supports our ocean, our animals or our land. A few of my most esteemed foundations are Marine Megafauna Foundation, Sierra Club, World Wildlife Foundation, REEF and the Jane Goodall Institute. Visit National Parks! Do what you can to support wildlife! Don’t buy Chinese medicine with parts from endangered animals.
  • Download the Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch app, and check to see if you are eating unsustainable fish, fish with high levels of mercury, or endangered species. It is so simple! Red dot, don’t eat, Yellow dot it is okay but not great, and Green dot eat it! I use it whenever I go out if I plan to have seafood. I don’t eat meat, but I do eat seafood once in a while. By the way, do not eat farmed Atlantic Salmon, it is quite unhealthy. The better choice is wild caught salmon only!

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    Yosemite National Park, a view of Half Dome and Bridal Veil Falls.

  • Let your government representatives know that you are concerned about our environment. At this moment the US government is getting rid of regulations that protect us and our children. Some want to get rid of the Environmental Protection Agency altogether!  Trump is even talking about leaving the Paris Accord! America and its resources should be leading this effort, not leaving it! We will lose not only our self respect and position in the world and among our allies, but growing an incredible green energy economy. Contact your representatives and let them know you care about the air we breathe, and the future of our grandchildren. I want mine to be able to take a deep breath.

Other than call the White House or your representatives, the best thing you can do is get out in nature, our natural resources are too precious to allow them to be ruined.

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I am an avid scuba diver, underwater photographer, amateur historian; interested in all people and cultures. For me, the unexpected is usually the norm! My motto? I am an Empty Nester who likes to Renew, Revamp, and Reinvent Life!
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  1. Nancy Hill says:

    Thank you for speaking out. We all must. Together we will make sure there is a tomorrow.

  2. I do most of these already & go meatless 4 days a week. I am in awe of your love for our oceans. I love being beside an ocean so have been limiting my plastic use for years, becoming even more serious about it lately.
    After reading the Paris Accord I am happy we are moving on from it to something that will actually make a difference. I hope that happens soon.

  3. It’s happened. I can’t even believe what he’s done.

  4. Duane says:

    The EPA has gotten way out of hand. It is a huge money pit with no one controling it. It is time to pull the plug a let the states and cities assume the responsibilities. I believe Trump is doing the right thing in trying to slow down the out pouring of monies we don’t have. Nothing says it can’t be restarted or redone. This Paris aggrement has the potential to totaly break the bank. The same countries that won’t pay their NATO bills are envolved in that agreement. We just can’t afford it. Why is that so hard to understand.

    • Tam Warner says:

      too bad he isn’t taking that money and giving everyone insurance, or doing infrastructure like he promised. We disagree, but thanks for visiting and sharing your views!

  5. Oh Tam! I know. But I think by posting these articles like yours it keeps the mission alive. One day, one man, we cannot let the Earth suffer. If we keep working to make it better, we will once again make our world home our priority.

    • Tam Warner says:

      We are giving up the lead on the most important issue facing the world today, giving other countries the green technology jobs and manufacturing. We are the 2nd highest emitter of carbon on earth.

  6. barbara free says:

    Thank you for speaking out, and reminding everyone of what we can do to make a difference. I hope our country and others stay focused on the environment.

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