The glaciers of Greenland are retreating at a frightening pace.
One of the sad illusions to which many of us cling tightly is that humanity will eventually “get it” and we’ll get off our collective ass and finally act.
That may or may not happen.
What I know for certain is that a lot of the damage that’s been done can never be reversed.
Scientists who are keeping an eye on the loss of ice on Greenland’s continent are now saying that the losses will not stop even if the planet stopped warming today.
And we all know it won’t.
So the signs keep coming. If you understand the gravity of the situation, you don’t need any more evidence.
There are, of course, many who don’t believe the evidence. The evidence that gets clearer every day.
The sad truth is that in so many cases, those are the people who could do something about it.
So we keep slouching toward that day of reckoning. The day when it becomes actually impossible to deny the reality of what’s happening.
And then we get to see what judgement humanity will impose on those who were actively engaged in the campaign to conceal the truth about the inevitable consequences of treating our Planet like an inexhaustible vending machine.
Like a playground.
Like that dark, dead end on that obscure county road where we go to dump our old, tattered mattresses.
That reckoning is coming.
“Bulldog Ben” Basile
© 2020 Ben Lawrence Basile
Climate Scientists have been sounding the alarm for years about how the Earth is warming and how big changes are on the way for all of us.
The signs that our planet is changing–and changing very fast–are so numerous that it’s hard to know what to focus on.
But we should not allow that to keep us from getting and staying engaged and advocating for policies and actions to mitigate the damage we are inflicting upon our beleaguered planet.
In an article that appeared in June, writer Jordan Davidson lays out for concerned readers some of the alarming signs that the melting of ice around Greenland is a very big deal and is–most troubling of all–accelerating at a rapid pace.
Davidson followed up with another piece yesterday which focuses on one of the more urgent aspects of this whole matter of melting glaciers and rising sea levels.
Scientists, researchers and policy wonks have been warning all who will listen that we need to be prepared to move away from the coastal regions of our planet as the phenomenon of rising sea levels proceeds.
And to this observer, it appears that not too many people are listening to those warnings.
Mr. Davidson’s article makes a fine entry point for anyone who’d like to take a closer look at these issues. It focuses closely on the melting of ice around Greenland, the Helheim Glacier in particular. The piece is very timely and not overly-wonky and can be read here.
So many are doing this work of watching for the signs, for the evidence, that our planet is struggling, is being seriously degraded.
Keep listening. Stay engaged. Stay engaged and take action!
The plight of the Earth demands nothing less.
“Bulldog Ben” Basile