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Monday, August 28, 2017

Harvey

I am so saddened by the events in Texas, as I write this Houston is under 4 feet of water. I know several people whose families have been safely rescued. Fortunately no one I know directly has been effected.

But lets be honest. It's just a matter of time, isn't it? Major storms are just becoming more common. This was originally a 500 year storm, and now they are saying a thousand year storm. I hear very few people talking about why we have been hit with a storm like this.

The answer is simple, climate change. That is why it is inevitable that sooner or later someone I know will be effected. My family lives on Long island, my friends live in Manhattan. How soon until another super storm like Sandy hits New York again?

Until we come together and work to make dramatic changes in the way treat the environment things like this will continue. My sons children - at this rate - will see cities inundated with water permanently. Miami will be the first to go.

Today I had an interaction on twitter with someone. He said that climate change was a joke. To which I replied, that he was seeing the effects of climate change right now, in Texas (and soon Louisiana). He responded that there was nothing I could say that would change his mind, and then ended (he thought) the conversation by saying "now I am going to say something you're really going to hate. God created the heavens and the Earth" as if that was supposed to shut me up. I responded that I had no problem with him believing that God created the heavens and the Earth. But that I think God would be appalled at how we are treating his creation. He never responded.

I have paddled a lot of North America. I have seen the changes caused by climate change, first hand. I have read books. I have spoken to glaciologists, climatologists, and geologists. None of them had any doubt that we are seeing the effects go catastrophic global climate change every day.

"If you think things like 97% of scientists believe it, so if 3% don't believe it why should I?" you are fooling yourself. Chances are at some point in your life you are going to feel pretty stupid, and probably ashamed of your lack of action.

The signs are all around us. Hottest year after hottest year. Greenland loosing major chunks of its ice cap. Ice sheets the size of states breaking off of Antarctica. It is so obvious if you just open your eyes.

It reminds me of this scene from The West Wing.




My thoughts are with all the people on the Gulf Coast, and the First Responders.

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