“Some people change their ways when they see the light; other when they feel the heat.”
— Caroline Schoeder
Folks, take a look out your windows and you'll see something a little odd for a January Sunday: grass. Some will be glad about the fact that they haven't had to shovel for the past few weeks, but I'm not the only one who is starting to be more than just a little worried about the fact that I may have to bring out the lawnmower before I've even finished a tank of gas with the snow blower.
According to those who keep track of these things the Earth has had the highest recorded temperatures for the third straight year. Granted, most records are cheered when they're broken — as when Michael Phelps crossed the finish line — but this isn't a goal worth celebrating.
Some people will say global warming is a hoax much like Bigfoot, the Loch Ness monster or a living Elvis, but you'll know the argument against climate change is starting to be a moot point when Eskimos are sporting fur-lined bikinis and are giving up whale hunting for surfing competitions. Fact is, a part of the Antarctic Ice Shelf is soon to break off. And while that might not sound like a big deal keep in mind that this ice cube is the size of Delaware.
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The only upside for having an iceberg that big floating around is that we may soon be looking forward to a sequel to 1997's block buster Titanic — only this time perhaps Rose might share some space on that big door she was left drifting upon so Jack doesn't have to become shark crudites.
I'm not trying to scare you with all this wicked weather woe, but it is something we should be taking a bit more seriously, because I don't look good in shorts during the summer months, so how can I possibly expect to be fashionable in February if it's too hot to wear a coat and long pants?
True, the tipping point probably won't affect us directly, but instead it will be future generations that will have to deal with an Earth that's medium rare. But just because it's not our problem doesn't mean we shouldn't be part of the solution. I mean, if your house were to slowly catch on fire you wouldn't wait till after you've sold it to finally dial 911 would you? And yet that's pretty much where we are right now.
I'm not saying we need to all start listening to folk music and running barefoot through the fields, but it couldn't hurt if we started looking more into natural energy. Imagine if Auburn used some wasted land to build a solar power plant and had all our municipal departments running off it. How much could we save on taxes each year? That might sound crazy, but it's no crazier than the person who looked at Niagara Falls and thought not of love, but electricity.
Auburn native Bradley Molloy's column appears her each Sunday. He can be reached at email@example.com