Thursday, October 8, 2009

Global Warming

Is The Truth Inconvenient Or Is There More?

I did my research early, when Al Gore was being declared a prophet, and frankly I was not very popular with my family, so I shut up about it. Here was the former Veep of the US, touting his "Inconvenient Truth" to one and all, and besides he got a Nobel Prize for it too.

But, it was Inconvenient, and much of it was true, but it was not "the" Truth. The science was not all there, and still is not, yet it had a lot of merit to it, and got people thinking beyond their own domain, and that's a good thing, right?

I am very much in favour of proper conservation of our resources, and Inconvenient Truth got a lot of people thinking that way, and for that it should be lauded. We, particularly in North America have been pigs about what we consume, and I was ashamed of my own behaviour over the years, so we chose to do something about it. We conserve as best we can, in our power consumption, and in our fuel consumption. We throw out very little trash, set back out thermostats, and look for ways to make our house more efficient. Is it enough? I don't know, so I am always on the lookout for ways to improve.

That doesn't mean that I jump on every band wagon as it goes on by.

So, here is a view about Climate Change, and our response to it that is worthy of watching. It is produced by the Cornwall Alliance which is:
a coalition of clergy, theologians, religious leaders, scientists, academics, and policy experts committed to bringing a balanced Biblical view of stewardship to the critical issues of environment and development. The Cornwall Alliance fully supports the principles espoused in the Cornwall Declaration on Environmental Stewardship, and is seeking to promote those principles in the discussion of various public policy issues including population and poverty, food, energy, water, endangered species, habitat, and other related topics.
What was missing from Inconvenient Truth, and the follow on, was the concept of Stewardship of the planet, and all its resources, especially human resources. The Cornwall Alliance speaks to that, and for that alone is worthy of a listen.

But, just a little fact about Global Warming for those who are interested in facts, not fear. "The ice melt across during the Antarctic summer (October-January) of 2008-2009 was the lowest ever recorded in the satellite history." Read about that here. H/t to Small Dead Animals.

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