It’s a crisis, not just a change of the weather. Language matters. People are more inclined to take something serious when it is described as a crisis.
And Climate Crisis is a more accurate depiction of what we face. Just think of the recent catastrophes taking place due to human impact, particularly fossil fuels, on the planet. And these catastrophes will only increase… particularly if we do nothing.
Climate scientists and many news outlets are changing their phrasing to climate crisis for this reason.
The Guardian changed their phrasing several years ago. Here’s why they made the switch:
“We want to ensure that we are being scientifically precise, while also communicating clearly with readers on this very important issue,” said the editor-in-chief, Katharine Viner. “The phrase ‘climate change’, for example, sounds rather passive and gentle when what scientists are talking about is a catastrophe for humanity.”
My home state of New Mexico has been on fire. Evacuations took place. Some of the fires are getting contained but this should remind us how hard we need to fight the climate crisis.
Fires of this tremendous magnitude will become more and more common as the climate crisis rages on.
We’ve got to wake up to this reality and start fighting the climate crisis like our lives depend on it. And indeed they do.
One step I am working on to reduce my own carbon footprint is to divest from Wells Fargo bank. I’m planning on taking my money out of Wells Fargo because they continue to fund fossil fuel projects. I plan to instead put my money into a credit union that funds our community. I’ve opened up an account at one, now I just need to move my money into it. It’s a work in progress.
As mentioned in an article titled “The long-shot campaign to get big banks out of fossil fuels” by Vox written in April of 2022, “Big banks are indeed continuing to fund fossil fuel expansion: Last year alone, Citigroup, Wells Fargo, Goldman Sachs, and Bank of America spent a combined $137 billion on fossil fuel projects, according to a report from a coalition of environmental advocacy groups..”
We need to put pressure on companies such as big banks to stop investing in fossil fuels and instead invest in wind and solar energy.
I’m also looking into how to make my energy come strictly from solar and wind resources. I’m a renter, so I can’t put solar panels on my roof. But I get energy from Xcel, and they appear to have an opt-in program where you can request energy from just solar and wind. I’m looking into this, as this is also a work in progress…
These, of course are small steps. What we truly need is a Green New Deal, to immediately get off fossil fuels and demand corporations pay for the damage they’ve done and change their ways.
Another important aspect of reducing the climate crisis, and one that is not talked about a lot, but which is one of the most important aspects, is allowing people to control their own bodies. Comprehensive sex education and access to contraception is vital to a healthy planet. And when accidents happen and pregnancy somehow happens, it is important to allow people the right to choose whether or not to carry that pregnancy to term. Overpopulation is arguably the largest component fueling the climate crisis. If forced birthers get their way, abortion will become illegal in many states. Forcing people to carry pregnancies to term and to procreate, when they don’t want to, fuels overpopulation. If people want to bring life into the world, that is beautiful and that is their human right. But if they choose not to do so, that is also valid and also their human right. It is important to allow people to make the choice to avoid creating life if they want to, which in turn helps reduce the amount of people on the planet consuming fossil fuels and environmental resources. Forcing more people onto the planet through women and men who don’t want to be parents is morally wrong.
All in all, I do believe we have the power to sustain a healthy planet and to curb the crisis. But time is running out. We have to fight and push corporations and politicians to do the right thing. Or else fires, hurricanes, and other man-made natural disasters will continue to decimate our people, our wildlife and our planet. We are already on track to making the planet uninhabitable: We must fight hard to make sure we do what we can.
What do you think it will take for people to wake up, before we completely destroy our planet? Will it take more fires like these? (Below) Will it take us fighting over drinking water like we do oil right now?
We all need to wake up and we need to pass policies that will force us to switch to renewable energy. Things like recycling everyday won’t do it.
This, below, is what we are living in, in Montana right now. This is our reality. In Missoula, we live and breath in smoke. Our valley is covered in clouds of smoke for months on end, and it is getting worse. Temperatures rising due to climate change mean fiercer, stronger forest fires. And that’s just one aspect of climate change. Some summers, ash rains down, covering our cars and dusting our tiddy-little-lawns. The air quality is deemed “dangerous” by federal agencies. We are already living in the time climatologists have warned us about.