Chicken Biryani was once the love of my life. I decided to give it up last year and I think people need to hear why. I have been advocating climate change activism for a long time, but like most people, I was choosing an effortless way out. Turning off the lights; taking shorter baths; spreading the word — Was that really helping anything?
The west coast of the United States is on fire. We are seeing it right in front of our eyes. We can not get away from this. There is so much smoke, it is hard to see the ground. So why do we still choose to ignore it? The warning signs have been there for half a century. This is just the beginning. We are terribly unprepared for what is coming our way even as it approaches us harder and faster than ever.
The full range of available data shows that the world has been getting warmer since the 80s and we can expect it to continue if we continue to contribute carbon and other greenhouse gases to the atmosphere. Even with the pledge made by The Paris Climate Agreement, global temperature is on a constant rise, having risen to a total of 1.7 degrees Fahrenheit in 2019. Glaciers have melted, ice has reduced, sea levels have risen and animal ranges have shifted. The temperature will continue to rise for years due to the large amount of greenhouse gases produced by humans. We are putting more carbon dioxide into the air than it can contain. This can end up in a huge planetary disaster.
Reducing our meat intake can be one of the most impactful things we can do to slow down the issue at hand, if not stop it. The cruelty associated with the practices of the meat and dairy industry is another issue altogether. We have the power to stop this. We need to demand change from the power holders and hold our politicians accountable. How are we so comfortable with them making policies that are catastrophic for our future?
The general population does not acknowledge a problem unless it is physically present and it stands that we have started ingesting information without scrutiny. So, when the leader of the country advocates that a problem does not exist, it does not exist. Climate change is not a matter of debate. If we continue to offer support to the plausibility of the deniers’ theories, the consequences can be dire.
“If you think the economy is more important than the environment, count your money while holding your breath.” - Guy McPherson
But it is here. Climate change is here and it will not go away. Even if you do not believe in it, you will have to bear the consequences. We need to stop taking the easier way out, no matter how convenient.
We are so caught up in our privilege that we have forgotten to be thankful for clean water, air and food. This is not a luxury we can afford. It is an emergency and we need to address it immediately. Climate change affects all spheres of our lives and now we have begun to understand it. We have all fantastically contributed to it, so now it is our job to fix it.
“As human beings, we are vulnerable to confusing the unprecedented with the improbable in our everyday experience. If something has never happened before, we are generally safe in assuming that it is not going to happen in the future, but the exceptions can kill you and climate change is one of these exceptions.” — Al Gore
I knew the answer from the start. It was easy to be ignorant and continue living our lives as usual. But that is not going to work for us anymore. It is not a choice and this is not a fleeting argument. This is about our lives. We need to change the broken system. We need to recognize the predicament that we have dragged ourselves into and act to resolve it. I am all in, are you?