So, I was having a conversation with another editor about
what I should write about for my column.
I figured I’d alienated enough people with my political
and religious views. What else could I possibly write about to keep stirring
For some reason, maybe the ridiculous swings of weather
we’ve experienced this winter, I started a discussion of our impending doom
from global warming, and how if we didn’t shine on our brothers, and everybody
didn’t come together and try to love one another right now, we’d die.
I assumed I could just throw my stance out on global
warming and she would wholeheartedly agree with me. But, my effing
jaw dropped when she smirked and said, “Global warming isn’t real.”
This editor, whom I thought I could trust to go along with
damn near all my crazy liberal commie, pinko, nutjob ideas had naysayed. How dare her?
“It isn’t real?”
My ass, it isn’t real.
After the initial shock wore off, and a heightened
discussion of the issue, including her own investigative reporting, I realized
that what she was saying wasn’t necessarily disagreeing with me. I realized
that there was a consensus we could come to. I realized that I may have been
somewhat, partially, but in no way completely, wrong.
People who argue that the Earth constantly goes through
warming and freezing cycles are probably right. However, people who argue that
the human race isn’t contributing to global warming and rely on the argument
that global warming is natural as a defense are oblivious to the damage we’re
doing to our planet.
If we begin researching and find the means necessary to
produce more environmentally friendly cars to help reduce human impact on the
environment, we can begin to slow the process of “global warming” down.
However, since I’m speaking of a utopian land, I promise
to send said editor a postcard from the moon and tell her about how I’m riding
around with Peter Pan in my peanut butter powered car.
The truth is, whether you believe in global warming or
not, we are destroying the environment, and that’s something we can all agree
on. We should take it upon ourselves to try to push for legislation to protect
the environment instead of arguing about the scientific technicalities.
So, if the world is currently going through a natural
phase of global warming, that’s fantastic. That’s grand. But we can do
something to prevent it. Polar ice caps melting, water levels rising; we all
saw how awesome “Waterworld” turned out. Man, that
Imagine that as reality. No more partying in New Orleans
for Mardi Gras. Surely, that’s reason enough to start recycling, or carpooling and being more energy efficient.
Richard Sisson is a senior journalism and political
science major from Calhoun, and serves as a news editor for The Tech Talk.
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