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December 9, 2012

SHADES OF GREEN: Better safe than sorry when it comes to the climate

I remember my grandma saying “Better safe than sorry.”

What did she mean by that? You should be cautious. If you are not, you may regret it. Being careful is probably more desirable than risking a bad result. It makes sense (and is certainly safer) to take precautionary measures before anything bad happens.  

It is better to act cautiously beforehand than to suffer afterward.

I know some of you still don’t believe that climate change is not happening AND I know you cannot pinpoint climate change as the villain of all and that is the reason why people deny it.

But I don’t understand that people cannot believe that there isn’t any sort of change happening.  

Increased drought. Increased temperature. Increased storm damage. Strange weather patterns.

I had an elderly, caring, sincere religious woman call me a couple years ago and say she did not agree with me going down to learn from Al Gore and his Climate Project about how to go into churches to talk about creation care, stewardship and changes in our climate. She told me the weather was getting warmer due to the End Times.

Another person at a Mennonite Conference in Ohio, where I was presenting, said he couldn’t trust Al Gore as far as he could throw him and he felt the EPA created climate change so Mr. Gore could get rich.

In February 2007 the Washington Post stated: “An international panel of climate scientists (The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) said … that there is an overwhelming probability that human activities are warming the planet at a dangerous rate, with consequences that could soon take decades or centuries to reverse.”

There could be some disagreement about that. I have a Tea Party friend who feels there is no way humans can affect this earth.

But I believe there are 7 billion people on this earth — fact right? Each person consumes — correct? And everything that is consumed had to have some sort of energy to create it — right? And when that energy is expressed it releases some sort of waste. Multiply the amount of waste/exhaust/emissions that you personally produce by 7 billion and that adds up.

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