As a paddler that likes cold, wet places, I have been inundated by global climate change, and I have posted about it here a few times. I apologize if this isn't why you come to a paddling blog but it is impacting me, personally, enough that it feels important enough to talk about. A lot of the trips I plan, and in fact the trip I am planning now, are timed to coincide with the times the shore is 'ice free', and so I become more and more aware of those times, and their lengthening periods. It also affects wildlife, and how I have to plan around them. The details of which I can't go into yet.
I feel strongly that this has become simple science, and yet people deny it. In part because a large population of the US vilifies science. People like Bill O'Reilly who claims there is no way to explain the tides. For the record Bill, I can teach you about tides if you have an open mind, and can accept the fact that Earth is not flat, and gravity exists.
I was touched to see on Reddit this morning a woman whose world view was changed by seeing a movie. She was a climate denier, and now believe in the science - I wonder what made her go see the movie in the first place - This needs to be a larger part of the our countries discussions. For that people need to have an open mind.
Here is that video.
And here is the trailer for Chasing Ice.
Please spread this trailer around. The film is currently in limited release.
While a lot of the information about global climate change is saying that we are already past the point of no return, I am hopeful in one sense. As we see people like the woman above wake up, and realize what is happening, we will at some point reach a tipping point. When that happens you will see great changes occur. When we work together there is nothing we can't accomplish, and that will be a sight to see.