Who cares about climate change?
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Somehow in this country, we have turned every major issue into a political issue. One of the biggest hot-button topics is climate change. Once known as global warming, some people believe that the world is heating up and eventually, we’re going to be living on a far harsher planet.
Oh, and by “some people,” I mean most people and 99 percent of the scientific community.
Unfortunately, there are those in power that don’t believe in climate change or if they do, they don’t think that humans are necessarily at fault. In order to simply prove themselves right, they are willing to kill any measures to protect the planet just to show how confident they are that climate change isn’t really a big deal.
My problem is this. Who cares about climate change and whether it’s real? Don’t get me wrong, I absolutely believe in climate change and think that we should do something about it.
That’s not really my point.
My point is that I don’t understand why there has to be a problem with the planet before we stand up in order to protect it?
I know that space travel is a thing and that eventually, very far into the future, we’ll probably be out amongst the stars if we don’t blow ourselves up first. At this point, though, we’ve barely made it to the moon ... and that was back in the 1970s.
Sure, the president wants billions of dollars for an unnecessary Space Force because ... I guess that sounds cool?
The truth still remains, though, and that is the fact that we’re not going to be living it large in space. That means good ole planet Earth is our home for the foreseeable future.
Since we’re not going anywhere anytime soon, why are we not more concerned about keeping the planet safe?
It’s like when you go over to a friend’s house and there’s garbage everywhere and the sink’s full of nasty dishes with wasted food on them. It’s just disgusting and we can do better.
Therefore, I’m urging you to help take care of the planet, but I’m not asking you to do it because there is some immediate crisis in front of us that will affect all generations for years to come.
I’m asking you to do it because it is only right to take care of this beautiful blue planet we call “home.”
If you do that, then this good ole planet may just take care of you in return.••• J.T. Johnson is a guest columnist for The Saline Courier. His opinions are his own and do not represent this
publication or its employees.