Monday, June 30, 2008
OUR BEAUTIFUL WORLD - save it from global warming
When NASA climate scientist Dr H J Zwally in December 2007, first predicted that "nearly all the ice could be gone from the Arctic Ocean by the end of summer 2012..." many of us were shocked, to say the least.
I don't know what went through your mind, but I could not imagine how it could happen and so soon! My sister (who loves to globe-trot) has now booked to go to the Antarctica with a friend..."before the ice all melt away" being their reason. Not all of us are as lucky as the both of them to afford such a trip.
When I discussed this soon-to-happen phenomenon with my friends, each of them came up with their own scenario of the end result. One said that if all the ice should melt, the ocean will overfill and low lying areas will be flooded. True... and this is a confirmed scientific fact.
Another said that the weather will be affected resulting in more cyclones and typhoons as well as droughts in certain areas of the globe. Bingo... you got that one right too!
When it was my turn to share my thoughts, there was really nothing more I could add as they already have exhausted the list. I hesitated for a moment and told them wistfully, that if nothing is done to arrest global warming now, we will have to resort to looking at pictures taken of the world's most beautiful spots, to enjoy them. The real things will be gone and all that is left behind will be skeletons of places that were once beautiful and scenic.
The silence that followed echoed the sad feeling we all felt deep inside... one of them even went teary eye just thinking of what can happen to our world.
Recently, a lovely couple (friends of mine from Perth) went on a trip to Canada and Alaska. Before their trip, Pat emailed me pictures of some the places they were going to visit.
I literally turn GREEN (sorry, pun not intended) with envy! You wonder why? Just see for yourself and then maybe you will agree with me - Mother Earth is so beautiful! I dread to imagine what can happen to these places come 2012.
I don't know about you but I think it's worth the effort and commit ourselves in whatever we can to help address global warming - to reverse its effects so that we may help to preserve these artistic creations of God and men ! Not just for ourselves, but for our children and all future generations and most of all, for all of humanity.
My friends ooh-ed and aah-ed over the pictures and they are now more than convinced to take up arms against the onslaught of global warming. They may not get to see these lovely places in their lifetimes but sure wish they remain unchanged for their children and grandchildren.
According to Dr James Hansen (god-father of climate change) : "We have passed tipping points. We have not passed a point of no return. We can still roll things back, but it is going to require a quick turn in direction." THERE IS HOPE! But only if you and I are committed to doing something positive about it.
Thank you Pat and Tyrone, for the pics.
Here they are - a feast for your eyes!!