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Can you cut back 90% of anything?

Posted 2009.08.04 10.11 in Pointless Blather, Uncategorized by Stephanie

Sometimes, insomnia works out. Waking up at 5am and being unable to get back to sleep, I found myself watching a televised lecture about climate change, given by Gwynne Dyer. It was a bit frightening, and, dare I say it, a bit dire.

I think at some level, when people hear talks about climate change, they tend to think it is alarmist, that people are making it sound worse than it is. I’m not a scientist, and I don’t know all the facts, but I suspect that by and large those who are trying to raise awareness on the issue are not being alarmist. Rather, the subject, the consequences, are themselves just straightforward alarming. Yet they are also long-term. The damage we’ve done in the past 50 years, the damage we do in the next 20 or 30 years, will likely result in some severe changes and problems for us down the road. But not this afternoon. Not tomorrow. Heck, perhaps not even in the lifetimes of many of those in a position to start doing anything about it right now.

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