Back in the middle of 19th Century, “climate change” simply meant summer to winter, a natural phenomena,for most part of the world. About a century later, it is a manufactured disaster waiting to explode.
Now, there are lot of fence sitters, who are undecided on their opinion, and subsequent action. Mentioned below are some categories which might help you wake up to Climate Change.
So if you are one of those who say :
- What is it? – then your answer lies here.
- Yea, I know, I guess the leaders are doing something about it. There here is how you can get impacted.
- What can I do as an individual? Then here is what you can do about it.
There is a special category of those people who are deliberately ignorant, and or chose to remain indifferent. Here’s my take on them.
Take an example of bringing up your child. At birth you can only dream what your child will turn out to be. Its just a concept in your mind. The concept comes into execution by way of instructions and guidelines as the child starts to grow up. You can’t see the final product , but you keep doing great parenting to make that dream possible.
Sometimes, these instructions work and sometimes they backfire. You amend your plan and keep at it. Do you know why? Because it is not worth taking a risk with your child. If you want to experiment with your life, it will have a direct bearing on your life and your child’s as well. Don’t have a child if you want to experiment with your life.
Unfortunately, we can’t say the same about our planet. In this case, you already have a child, and your job is take care of it.If you don’t it may come back and haunt you. Yes, it is possible, that you may not be able to see it upfront or instantly, and there is a danger believing everything is fine. Would you bring up your child with care and protection or leave them for self destruction?
And then when all hell breaks loose, there is no going back, there is only going down. And that could happen in your lifetime or your children’s lifetime. you could live to see it or not. But if you have an attitude like, well, my life will get through, who cares about the future, then just take a pause, and think about your parents. If they thought the same, and screwed up their lives, imagine what devastation you would have faced.
I am sure there are many such examples of children becoming a complete mess, all around you. In most cases, you will see how bad parenting led to a childhood trauma. Climate change is in its infancy, and you need to parent it well. If you are only thinking of getting your life together and leave the rest to “them” then you are risking lives of other children. Technically, you are contributing towards their death and destruction.
If you are one of those unfortunate people who have had bad parenting, and your life has been messed up, would you want the same for your child? Logic and emotion, both say no.
Whether climate change is real ,big, immediate or later, is immaterial. Its because taking care of your child is the right thing to do, no matter how well-off you are or how tough it is for you. You need to take care while you can, irrespective of the fact that it is big enough or small, in another country or in your neighborhood, because we are all in it , on the same damn planet! There is no way you can live in isolation, stay protected and life just goes by! Its not “The Truman Show” you know. Its your responsibility. Just like your parents took your responsibility, even if they really didn’t have to, but they did. And so you should too.
Besides,what if you find out climate change is not a child ,but already a rogue adult?