We are a few people among the many trying
to address the crushing problems we face.
We are asking, when will something be done to address and face our problems?
The other day I was talking to my neighbor, which is something we all might do a little more often. We were talking about Climate Change, the Economy, the price of Oil and the War, all big problems we now face. He said "there is absolutely nothing I can do
about any of it" and odds are he was probably right,
but because you think there is nothing you can do, does not mean you should do nothing. It
means you should do something, anything, because it is better to fail at doing something than to succeed at doing nothing. A while
back I drove over to Houston to the Progressive Forum to hear author Bill McKibben
speak. He wrote the first book on Global Warming "The End of Nature" over 20
years ago. A few years back I heard Al Gore speak at the Progressive Forum about "An Inconvenient Truth". In those few years we have come from an Inconvenient Truth to a Deadly Truth. Global Warming and Climate
Change are here now, much sooner than Scientists had predicted and hoped. For centuries
explorers searched for a Northwest Passage, a way to sail from Europe to Asia north of
Canada, last year they found it, you can now send ships all the way from the Atlantic to the Pacific above Canada and Alaska.
Recently there have been food riots in 20 countries across the globe, partly worldwide drought partly because our farmers
now use some of our corn crop to produce ethanol which might supply 2% of our oil some day and which means they
plant less soy beans, wheat and other commodities, food prices are doubling and tripling. For most of us it is a pinch
on our wallet but for most of the world who live on around a dollar a day it's malnutrition or starvation. Climate Change
may help bring on some new pandemic a Bird Flu mutation or SARS or allow some old disease to resurface like the mosquito borne
Gangue Fever epidemic in Bangladesh and Brazil. Warmer temperatures have allowed beetles to destroy millions of trees in Canada
and other northern forests, they have begun to melt the permafrost in northern latitudes which free more methane a greenhouse
gas. If you think Climate Change will not effect you, buy a boat because much of Southeast Texas will likely be under water
by the end of this century or sooner, along with the rest of the coast line around the entire planet. With the melting
ice caps and warmer ocean temperatures the oceans are expanding. When I heard Al Gore speak several years ago, a piece
of ice the size of Rhode Island had broken off of Antarctica, when I heard Bill McKibben speak, a piece the size of Connecticut
had broken off, in a few years pieces the size of Texas will be breaking off of Antarctica and melting. "Scientists are
in a state of panic", they see the data every day, they study the Ice Core samples drilled from the Greenland ice sheet
which give a climate record into the past for near a million years and from that record they have deduced that the climate goes awry when Carbon Dioxide in the atmosphere
goes above 350 parts per million. Our atmosphere is
now at 385 ppm and rising. The Western US has been in a drought since 1999 it has rained and snowed this year but many trees
are already dead. There will be more forest fires as well as stronger Hurricanes. The average computer climate model
predicts a 7 degree temperature rise in Southeast Texas by 2100 that's 107 to 109 degrees in the summer. No one knows what
the future holds, the earth may be entering a cooling period, then warming the planet might help offset that cooling or the
Greenland Ice Sheet may melt, flooding the North Atlantic with fresh water that may stop the Gulf
Stream and Deep Ocean Currents causing Europe and the Northeast U.S.to freeze. If we say their is nothing we can do and do
nothing we will be absolutely right. James Hanson who is NASA's top Climate Scientist wrote recently
in Science Magazine " If humanity wishes to preserve a planet similar
to that on which civilization developed and to which life on Earth is adapted Paleoclimate evidence and on going climate change
suggest that CO2 will need to be reduced from it's current 385 ppm to 350ppm".
get off the couch and change the world not the channel.
What can you do, you tell me, may be start by going to www.350.org
. My son is 6 years old what kind of world will he inherit. If there is nothing I
can do it won't be because I didn't try something.
Hal J. Ridley, Jr.
THE MULTI-FUNCTION CONSTRUCTION AID
RAIL CRANE EMBODIMENT
We change the way we live by changing the way we build.
all of the technologies we need to do this are already here.
We need to put them all together in one synergistic economic
We need to drastically change the economy of the entire planet.
We don't have much time, if we have any,
to get this done.
As far as I know the Robotic Construction Model is the only way to do this,
This site is informational:
We have all heard "information is power"
but until that information is accepted and
some action is taken in it's regard all you
have are words describing
In human terms the present is a
delusional idea of the future that happens
occur. Most times it occurs because
someone has a vision goes into the future
brings that vision back to
the present and
helps allow it to occur.
Human beings are the only known creature who can think
the future and act on
that thought today and sometimes help
bring that vision into reality.
you think this idea sounds delusional
I'll take that as a good sign.