The Vanishing

If we don’t do something about global warming, and I mean as in right now, one of Earth’s most magnificent creatures will go the way of the Dodo, the way of the passenger pigeons, the way so many other wild things have gone.

The arctic ice caps start calving in to burgs earlier and earlier each year, and start reforming latter and later. This means that the great ghost bear of the northern lands, and its young have to go without food for longer periods of time. In time they will starve to death.

Perhaps in twenty years, perhaps more, perhaps less, our grandchildren may be sitting at a bar, enjoying a cold one, or in a coffee shop, enjoying a warm one and cursing us for the legacy we’ve left them. The legacy of polluted water, of air unfit to breathe, the legacy of still having to depend on dwindling carbon based energy sources, instead of green energy.

In our small way, each one of us can make a difference. We can walk to the corner store for our bread and milk instead of driving. We can take a bus to work, or carpool, instead of driving alone in our air conditioned SUV, or big four-wheel truck, with a four-hundred horse power engine. We can turn the air conditioner in our homes up a notch or two, and turn the heat down in the winter.

There is one other thing we can do, and perhaps it is the most important thing of all, we can send hundreds of petitions to our duly elected governments, and if they are unwilling to take an unpopular stand against multi-national oil interests, then when the next election rolls around, we can kick them out, and elect a government that wants to go green.

The time to act is now, not tomorrow, not next week, but right now. If we don’t, humanity may soon be on the endangered species list. On second thought, that might not be such a bad thing after all.


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