Friday, March 12, 2010
Pondering, Musing, Mulling....
(NOTE: Pulling the ol' early AM weather shift for News 14 Triad this morning, so don't have the time to do my 'normal' Fried Fridays segment. I started pre-writing this post yesterday to save time. Who knows, maybe I'll write a 'Silly Saturday' story to make it up, since there are some really whacked stories out there this week...)
In the weather world, especially, an oft asked question is 'do you think man is creating global warming with CO2 emissions, etc.? In fact, a friend recently posted such a question to a select group of us, this after a record cold and snowy winter...how could there be warming when there is so much cold and snow?
Keep in mind this issue is global and long-term, not limited to one season. And even though the overall effect would be 'warming', it also means wilder swings in weather patterns...so you would have the really cold with the really hot, overall setting a warming trend.
Even at that it's debatable, of course. I didn't respond immediately to my friend's question, but a fellow meteorologist did by saying,
"I think we have some affect on the climate, but to what degree is still uncertain even with the millions of dollars of research spent on the subject of . I believe at this point, to say that global warming is strictly man-made is a big stretch-the research certainly has shown many holes. Environmental stewardship benefits everyone, and I think that should be our focus for generations to come.
Cleaning up the environment by reducing CO2 emissions, and our dependancy on coal and oil should be a priority regardless of the global warming debate. The problem now is that too much has been invested into the whole issue that stopping one side or the other from continuing to press on will be nearly impossible. Let's just move on and stop wasting tax payers money on what should be an obvious choice... reduce, reuse and recycle!"
I happened to be at the computer when the email came in and I quickly responded thus:
"I second that emotion, Jason...whether or not we're warming the atmosphere is but a smaller issue to our rampant degradation of the planet in general, air as well as land and water. THAT needs to be the focus, to drastically increase stewardship and use political tools in addition to societal ones to minimize harmful environmental impacts.
But that means people, nations, and parties have to agree to compromise and work together...and judging by the way we're heading just within our own U.S. government, it's no wonder those prospects look so depressing..."
I grew up big in the student council world starting in junior high...any and all leadership classes and workshops dealt with what it was to be a leader...and while you have to have a vision you believe in and follow; yet you have to sell it to others, and you have to understand that you aren't God and that you have to COMPROMISE to see things move ahead.
Sadly, that's what I see SO little of in our government, yea, among individual citizens, absolutely hell-bent on seeing their ideology win out over someone else's, giving nary an inch of conciliatory turf. That, to me, is pitifully, pitifully sad and heart-breaking. This I tell you: We as a nation and society and democracy will get NOWHERE as long as we choose polarizing over compromising. NOWHERE. Some think it's all and good to stand for your beliefs, but not at the risk of destroying social and political fabric. We have to wisely pick and choose our battles, and it seems waaaaaaay too many are dropping that aspect of 'wisdom' altogether...
One story that caught my eye Thursday is a northern Mississippi School district that has canceled Senior Prom altogether. Threw the baby out with the bathwater they did, the whole shooting match. Seems like the 'adults' in control of the Itawamba School District took issue with a student who challenged the rule that prom dates have to be of the opposite sex. A same-sex couple wanted to go to the prom, with one of the ladies wearing a tux. They challenged the law on the basis of constitutional rights, and the ACLU got involved.
So the board's answer was to just stop the whole shootin' match instead of dealing with a topic and situation worthy of consideration and...here's that word again...compromise. At least some other creative solution than ruining a huge event for everyone involved.
You don't have to agree or support or like same-sex couples and issues...but I really thought we as a great society were getting past such neanderthalic mindsets, sticking instead to baseless archaic rules created from manipulated religious roots. At this moment I'm thinking of many same-sex couples I know well...and if this world had more like them (in terms of loving, kind, committed, philanthropic, giving, peaceful beings), we would have a far better place in which to truly live. FAR better.