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Today ninety-seven percent of climate scientists agree that global warming over the past century is likely due to human activities.  Activities that generate excessive levels of environmental waste heat are the result of our continued use of coal fired and nuclear power as well as our inexhaustible appetite for inefficient reciprocating automobile engines as our major mode of mass transportation. We have over 250,000,000 cars on the road

in the U.S. alone that typically operate at less than 20% efficiency.  With over 5,000,000 added to the rolls just last year, we continue to market these energy vampires as one of the many wasteful symbols of success in America.

This scientific awareness is neither new to us nor is it the result of some liberal political agenda. It was in 1983, when the Environmental Protection Agency, then serving the conservative Reagan Administration, announced the results of their investigation of “The Greenhouse Effect”.  Then, according to the EPA, carbon emissions were accumulating in our atmosphere.  This layer acts like the “glass” in a greenhouse reducing the Albedo, the percentage of incoming solar radiation that is directly reflecting back out into space.    

A boat sails in front of mineral-stained rocks in Lake Mead National Recreation Area, Arizona, in July 2014. More than a decade of drought in the West has helped push lake levels to all-time lows this summer, threatening drinking water supplies to millions of people who depend on Lake Mead. (Photo by Ethan Miller(Images) 


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What they found and then suggested was that by the turn of the century, this abnormal aggregation of solar thermal, automotive, industrial and nuclear super waste heat would noticeably begin to affect us.  Climate change is already having a significant impact on our world; from more powerful and dangerous weather like floods and droughts to wildfires and to wildlife.  With 40% of the world’s population living within 60 miles of the sea, among the 97% of climate scientists who agree that climate change is real, the common belief is that if we remain on our current course, by century’s end ocean levels will rise at least 2-3 feet. 

The damage to real estate in South Florida alone is estimated at $3.5 Trillion and to New York City, $2.1 Trillion, but that’s just the beginning.   Now consider New Orleans, Seattle, Boston, Atlantic City, Honolulu, Los Angeles, San Diego, Charleston, Virginia Beach, and Savannah and they are just the top of the list of U.S. cities alone of the cities globally that will suffer tremendous loss of coastal real estate.  

But that’s just the tip of the iceberg.  Climate change is a global challenge and it’s about more than rising seas and violent weather.  There are entire cultures that will be forced into mass migrations as a result of the loss of annual polar and glacial thaw that they depend on for fresh water.  There is significant evidence to support the belief that fresh water is the world’s next great challenge.  Will this world survive? Yes, but perhaps not as we know it, but we’re here to do more than just survive, we’re here to make this world a better place for generations to come. Can we? Absolutely! That will depends on the strength  of our every individual commitment. It’s no longer a matter of hoping that “they” will fix it because they are us and we all need to commit to change.   We’re all in this together, so let’s get started.