On the very top of Cape Cod, at the finger tips as it were, lies the famous, “Race Point”, a part of the Cape Cod National Seashore, and within that small, sandy strip of moving history is the answer to climate change and all of the consequences therein. Hello and greetings from Cape Cod and the Islands of Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket! After receiving over seven inches of rain, with President Barack Obama declaring Rhode Island in a “state of emergency”, rivers expected to crest today from New York north to Maine, New England is finally drying out with temperatures expected in the 70’s this week end with abundant sunshine fore casted. The storms are getting more powerful, as moisture builds in the atmosphere, strengthening the power of the sea. I took a course in meteorology in college and once attended a weather seminar presented by one of the local news stations in Denver, Colorado, and by doing so have gained somewhat of a grasp of what the heck is going on here on planet earth… What strikes me as odd is the denial of what is truly happening to our precious planet–day after day, we pretend that the earth’s whole eco-system is not changing. When I walk out onto Race Point, looking out at the dunes on a cold March day, like this year, all alone with nature and the spirit of Cape Cod, I think to myself, “How long will this beauty last, how long before the sea takes Race Point, and indeed New York City?” The problem is not with the scientific facts laid out so eloquently by former Vice President Al Gore in his book, “An Inconvenient Truth”, labeled as false by the ignorant and “powerful”. The problem is a lack of urgency. Like his frog analogy, we have to be woken up as to the truth and work like the dickens to fix this very fixable problem. In that metaphor, the frog is sitting in a glass test tube that is being heated by a bunson burner and because the temperature is slowly getting warmer, the frog does not notice, nor have the desire to simply jump out of the beaker, thus saving himself. Conversely, if you took that same frog and placed him in that same very warm water that it is now, he would jump straight out, thus nullifying the need to save him altogether. In Al Gore’s metaphor, the frog is saved and all is well. We are that frog. We sit idly by and watch as coal plants, cars, trucks, planes and the like continue to spew filth into our skies increasing the temperature of that beaker. This is no joke. This is very real. It is high time to put our stupid, petty egos aside and fight for the survival of planet earth! It may sound corny, but I will take that risk because I love Cape Cod too much to see it swallowed whole by the sea forever. May you have a wonderful Wednesday folks! Peace~ M
March 31, 2010
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