Jan 262016
 

No matter what we do or don’t do, the Earth will be just fine. It’s mankind that is in jeopardy.

When Scientists talk about Climate Change they aren’t speaking to an immediate catastrophe. This is real life not a Hollywood movie. The Earth moves much slower than humans, it takes time for an earth shattering catastrophe to occur.

What Scientists are looking at is 150 years worth of data that shows a pattern of gradual warming worldwide. Just like the stock market, there are ups and there are downs, but there is a steady rise.

What will happen over the next 150 years? In my opinion, if we don’t take action now it won’t be pleasant.

When CA first introduced unleaded gas and catalytic converters it was predicted the economy would be destroyed. Nope. Air got cleaner, engines became more gas efficient. People adapted their life styles for a better environment and the whole country has benefited. The world took notice and is slowly but surely following our lead.

Profits must take second place to the future of our children’s children’s children. Because greed tends to win over decency, we need world wide regulations, laws, and watch dogs. Trees need to be planted and protected, new heating and cooling energies found and put into place, insecticides killing our bee banned, and all the other inconvenient but very necessary activities to nurture our planet.

Jan 012016
 

I am shocked every time I am confronted by someone stating, and believing, that people on Welfare (or whatever it is called now), actually live like that because they want to. I can believe someone stuck in poverty or in the cycle of poverty is there because they don’t know how else to survive. But to choose it because they don’t want to “work”?? That’s insane. If you live in poverty it takes a lot of work to stay warm, clothed, and fed. It is constantly living in fear. It is demeaning, dehumanizing, and demoralizing. How does someone get out of this cycle if every activity is centered on survival?

There are people who yearn for a new car, a new outfit, a new haircut and lament they can’t afford it. This is not poverty.

There are people who lament they have a co-pay at their doctor’s office and now they can’t afford that CD. This is not poverty.

Poverty is walking to a Food Pantry, if one is available. It is putting paper in your shoes to stay warm. It is waiting until a medical emergency occurs to be given health care in an emergency room. It is living in ways I can barely imagine because I’ve always had enough.

Poverty is not for the weak.