Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Climate Change

Many world leaders, great thinkers, activists and scientists have converged on Copenhagen for two weeks to discuss, and hopefully act on, this huge issue that is looming over our heads (literally, in some cases). It will be very interesting to see what happens, and what doesn't happen during this conference. With the hacking and leaking of thousands of emails between scientists that appear to show collusion and sneaky tactics to make things appear worse than they may actually be, some people are trying to play down the human effect on global warming. Even so, it's pretty difficult to look at pictures like this one, from the Guardian, that show glaciers disappearing, and say that we have absolutely nothing to do with it or that there isn't a problem.

Photos taken in 1928 & 2004

If the representatives don't do the right thing and make major changes and commitments, we can still do our part to make a difference. Simple things like recycling, conserving water & electricity, being mindful of our consumption, all of these things add up over time and will help our environment. Chances are that if you're reading this blog, you are an active person who enjoys being outdoors or being healthy and active in your community. And chances are, you care about the environment and are already doing your part, but it's still a good thing to think about and values to pass on to others. We need to make sure that the parks we run in and the oceans we swim in are still clean and available for our children and grandchildren. We enjoy them, shouldn't we do what we can to make sure that others get to as well?

If you're interested in keeping up with the conference - you can visit the New York Times, Natural Resources Defense Council and TIME Magazine, among many other news sites.


Jenn said...

Good post! My family is all about the outdoors. Our family vacations always take place at National Parks or involve outdoor activities. I can't imagine my future generations not having these privileges!

Alisa said...

So true! I love national parks and feel so fortunate that we have access to them.