Dear Fellow Earth Inhabitants,
I am writing this open letter to everyone on Earth in behalf of my children and one day maybe my grandchildren. Please hear me out with what I am about to say.
Some people believe in god and some do not. Some people use certain “miracles” or stories of miracles as their proof that god does exist. Others who don’t believe in god say look at Greek mythology… they used gods as a way of explaining what they could not because they lacked the science at the time to explain simple things such as why the sun rose and set every day. Other people believe, because if there really is a god, they don’t want to get to the pearly gates of heaven and go “Oops, I guess I should have believed!” So, in essence they cover their butts. I like to think of those people as hedging their bets.
Here is my question for you fellow earth dwellers – do you believe in climate change or not? Either way does it really matter?
I know there are confusing arguments to support both sides. Once you allow politics to enter the equation it becomes even more confusing. Just this past year some have said there is evidence that NASA has been faking statistics of the sea levels rising. Others are saying watch out, places like Florida and New York City will be under water by 2100. With all the conflicting information it is really hard to know what to believe.
Let me tell you what happens in my house every hurricane season. My husband Jody and I have this argument whenever there is a hurricane heading toward Florida. I always say let’s just put up the hurricane shutters to be safe and he always says lets just wait and see what happens. I don’t like to wait until the last minute to have to rush and try and protect the house and Jody would rather wait, because what if it turns at the last minute and heads in another direction, then we’ve wasted all that time and energy for nothing. I see where he is coming from, but I guess it is a question of being proactive or reactive.
So here is an idea… why not hedge our bets and cover our collective butts here on earth. What I mean is, why not prepare for the worst and hope for the best. What if we were proactive and recycled all of our junk, traded in all of our SUVs for hybrids, ate less meat and just overall tried our darnedest to be more responsible with the earth and the resources we have? What’s the worst that can happen? I won't be around in 2100 (I'd be 128 years old). But what if in 2100 we find that we did all of these earth friendly things and it didn’t make a damn bit of difference – will it have hurt our kids or our grandkids? It may have just taken a little extra time and energy but that's about it. But what if we just wait and see? If we don't do anything, we may very well be at those pearly gates in 2100, looking down on our children and our grandchildren saying “Oops! I guess I should have believed!”
Thanks for listening.
Me and all of our future generations!