Friday, May 6, 2011


Major events have occurred recently in the news.  Yesterday President Obama honored the victims of 9/11 at ground zero.  "When we say, 'We will never forget,' we mean what we say," President Obama said.  President Obama also called the loss of life from the recent severe weather "heartbreaking," and promised those affected by the storms the full support of the federal government.  The storms caused me to again focus on global warming, it's harmful effects, and what I can do in small ways to help; one of which is educating myself on the issue and doing my part to pass along that information making others aware.

I was at the end of my junior year of collage, and presenting my topic of study for trip.  My presentation was far more detailed and advanced than any other applicant.  I will never forget being told that global warming was not a topic that it didn't exist, and the very day after my presentation global warming was the lead story in the New York Times.  While, yes, it was an up and coming topic it was certainly making headlines.

It's a shame when fear takes over something we don't understand giving way for propaganda to be spread in effort to be used as scare tactics to prevent the truth and awareness of something important.   Because to reveal the truth often time hurts big industry and deep pockets which have such a strong hold and control on us all.  Their money and power give way to shaping news not as fact but as what they want people to hear - what serves their purpose - the purpose of helpful to a few and harmful to many often times ending in devastation.

One example is the debate that occurred over Global Warming - ending in devastation and disaster.  Big business didn't and still doesn't want public awareness of this real situation because it hurt their ability to continue business as usual.  They have such power that they get what they want until eyes are opened to the truth, we start thinking for ourselves, and action occurs.

Despite different preferences there are some issues where it's a must to come together, work together, put aside biases, fears, the almighty dollar, and find it in ourselves to do what's right for the good of many.

One disappointment I would raise is if you look at the understanding of climate change by scientists -- let's be generous -- 95 percent of scientists say we understand the process and we are convinced there is global warming. The media reports it, like a lot of other stories, as 50-50. They want to always show the other side. That's good, but I'm disappointed that the media does not reflect that there is a 95-5 percent discussion. It sounds like it's 50-50. The public reads this and they can't make up their mind usually.
 KONRAD STEFFEN, interview, May 18, 2007
We have many advantages in the fight against global warming, but time is not one of them. Instead of idly debating the precise extent of global warming, or the precise timeline of global warming, we need to deal with the central facts of rising temperatures, rising waters, and all the endless troubles that global warming will bring. We stand warned by serious and credible scientists across the world that time is short and the dangers are great. The most relevant question now is whether our own government is equal to the challenge.
JOHN MCCAIN, speech, May 12, 2008

Global warming is too serious for the world any longer to ignore its danger or split into opposing factions on it.
TONY BLAIR, speech, Sept. 27, 2005

Two thousand scientists, in a hundred countries, engaged in the most elaborate, well organized scientific collaboration in the history of humankind, have produced long-since a consensus that we will face a string of terrible catastrophes unless we act to prepare ourselves and deal with the underlying causes of global warming.
AL GORE, speech at National Sierra Club Convention, Sept. 9, 2005

All across the world, in every kind of environment and region known to man, increasingly dangerous weather patterns and devastating storms are abruptly putting an end to the long-running debate over whether or not climate change is real. Not only is it real, it's here, and its effects are giving rise to a frighteningly new global phenomenon: the man-made natural disaster.
BARACK OBAMA, speech, Apr. 3, 2006

How can we come together and help?  It starts with educating ourselves - searching out the facts - finding the truth.
An "Inconvenient Truth" gives helpful scientific fact.
Study facts.
Do little things - these little things add up and can be the big things that cause a tipping point of change.

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