This scared me. I’m open to changes, but I also think a few million years of evolution has gotten human beings to be pretty good at surviving around the nature’s balancing point we have today.
We’ve been hearing about the rise of CO2 level for some time now, but I feel like we’ve actually gotten to a point where we may end up turning our planet into an inhabitable one. Living in the bay area, it’s hard to actually experience what it’s like to live in a harsh environment, but whenever I’m on a business trip to Korea/China, I definitely feel the air quality can and is killing lives already. The pollution is wide spread over a massive area and it’s very, very real.
On a personal level, I’ve decided to become more electric (than fuel/coal powered) and donate more to the environmental conservation and climate changes (although I will continue to donate in education). I know what a bad environment looks like. I’ve lived there for many many years and it feels truly horrible not being able to see the stars in the sky or to simply walk around your house. You WILL miss this, something that we take for granted here in the U.S.
We need to start thinking about something I’d like to call “Unit Carbonomics.” Basically, every human being, every organization, every business, every country should be reducing carbon footprints more than it generates. Whether through a ‘green tax’ that every person’s income is spent literally on planting trees with a quota per unit. The more things you buy that generates CO2, the more tax you have to pay which will be used to plant trees and save the environment. Simply put, you need to reduce more CO2 than you generate. The same goes for businesses. Whoever emits CO2 will have to eliminate more CO2. Making it ‘Net negative CO2’ per unit.
Believe me. You will miss the blue skies. You will miss the stars. You will miss the hikes and the walks. Your kids will miss the Earth that we have today and you will and should feel very sorry for messing it up.