Who could possibly believe that climate change is a result of human activity on earth? There are arguments presented on both sides of the issue. But, over the last three blog posts we have explored the effect humans have on the environment by using fossil fuel for our primary energy source. When the simple and practical evidence is examined, it is clear that humans are affecting the climate.
What action should a Responsible Community take?
As a culture we like to think of ourselves as self reliant. If that has any meaning, it is that we depend on ourselves to take care of our needs and don’t leave others to clean up the mess.
Many conservatives in this current political cycle are complaining about the high level of debt that the country is facing. It is said that the debt will have to be paid off by our children and grandchildren because we won’t be able to in our own time. To hand our children a large debt would be wrong for our community to do.
Another example of our belief in self reliance related to the national debt is that most of us live within our means. Each month we have a budget, reducing our spending when our income falls and increasing our savings when our income is good.
If we believe in self reliance like we say, then that should also apply to the environment. Our energy usage should not deplete the available resources and should be consumed in such a way that it doesn’t have a detrimental effect on the environment. To leave a future generation without resources and an environment that makes it harder to survive would clearly be wrong.
Sustainability is a concept born of self reliance. To use no more than can be replaced in our own generation is self reliance defined. By consuming a thousand year’s worth of energy in one year and releasing more carbon than the environment can absorb is not self reliance. It is leaving our children a mess that they will not be able to be clean up in their own generation. It is one that will take many more generations to clean up, if it can be at all.
Our values, our way of life and our laws must encourage, and force if necessary, our culture, the entire human race for that matter, to a sustainable life style.
This is the responsible thing to do.