How bad is it? How bad am I?

What can I do to rescue the world from climate change?*

Would donating to the UN do the trick?

Would installing an app to track my carbon footprint be more effective?

Or maybe foregoing lunch meats is the answer?

Here’s my dilemma:

If the evidence of anthropogenic climate change is so overwhelming and unambiguous, and if the stakes are so lethal,  that the only solution is massive geopolitical transformation, then what can I do about it? If the UN is going to be empowered to implement Agenda 21, and if that will Save The Planet, then what do my minute actions have to do with a lasting solution?

If, on the other hand, my tiny lifestyle changes can effect a climate change reversal, then how perilous is the situation, after all? If “the power of one” is enough to turn things around, then how urgent is the problem of climate change?

The informed retort will be that the solution lies in the mass of humanity making those tiny, world-saving lifestyle changes. The problem, of course, is that it seems like the only way to ensure that “the masses” comply with What’s Right is for The Powers That Be to implement Agenda 21 by any means necessary–in which case it shall make no ultimate difference whether the masses voluntarily comply. Where’s there’s the political will, there the climate will change.

Lastly, I find it not a little ironic that we are exhorted to trust our political and economic leaders, when it was the same figures in past generations which brought us to this putative predicament in the first place. The only basis for such historical snobbery is to claim that Our Leaders are more Enlightened (because Science!) than any generation before us. Assuming that’s true, however, I am brought back to my original dilemma: if these unflinching People of Vision and unsleeping Wagers of Willfare [sic] are so enlightened, then it makes no difference what I myself do, for They shall–they must–take care of everything in time. So, even if I were completely “sold” on the need for radical lifestyle change, my personal actions would not be enough; or, if they were enough, in the long run, then the long run really isn’t so doomed.

* A friend asked me if this was one of my kids’ homework assignments. Sadly, my kids are still young enough that by the time they able to complete such assignments, the question will probably sound more like, “Which eco-heretic should be executed this month? (Extra credit for writing out The Hymn of Man.)”


About The Codgitator (a cadgertator)

Catholic convert. Quasi-Zorbatic. Freelance interpreter, translator, and web marketer. Former ESL teacher in Taiwan (2003-2012) and former public high school teacher (2012-2014). Married father of three. Multilingual, would-be scholar, and fairly consistent fitness monkey. My research interests include: the interface of religion and science, the history and philosophy of science and technology, ancient and medieval philosophy, and cognitive neuroscience. Please pray for me.
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One Response to How bad is it? How bad am I?

  1. This sounds insane (because it is) but it is nonetheless true; one can take a Tour Boat Cruise around the Islands within Miami City and one can cruise pass the property of a German-American who Air-Conditioned his PROPERTY.

    That’s right; his Property;not just his house. So, while his neighbor may have to stay inside on a hot steamy summer day, Mr. German-American can sit OUTSIDE in cool temps on his property. As I recall, it cost him only $80,000.00, or so, to A/C his yard.

    So, all the world has to do is become as practical as this German-American and then we can plan to air-condition the most important parts of the planet (where I live, for instance); that is, the problem is not man-made global warming, the problem is poverty to the extent that we can not yet afford to Air Condition the sweaty parts of the Earth.

    Perhaps a UN demonstration project to Air Condition the entire Atlantic Coast (up to 20 miles inland) of Florida can be advocated by Democratic Rep, Hank I-am-afraid-Guam-may-sink, Johnson of Louisiana (I am sure we can convince him Florida is really just a Parish of his state).

    Really, this is not a complicated problem once we break it down.

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