“Global Warming” is Real, But The Reality Goes Far Beyond Warming
With a frigid winter chilling much of the country and heavy snows setting new records, people have an easy time concluding that global warming is just a myth. Maybe you, or people you know, think it’s a scientific theory that did not pan out.
In fact, once you understand global warming, you may be alarmed that all the snow so far is just a taste of what is to come over the next decade. “Global warming” indicates that the earth’s temperature, on average, is rising. It does not mean it will always be hotter in every location on each day of the year.
“Climate destabilization” and “climate change” are both more accurate descriptors of the weather shaping up worldwide. Average temperature, evaporation, wind and ocean current patterns, and forests, among many other factors, determine the complexity of weather day by day. Over time, weather on each day forms the overall pattern that is climate.
We are used to a specific climate pattern throughout the year in different parts of the globe. As those patterns shift with rising greenhouse gas concentrations and subsequent higher average temperature, weather will become more extreme. Hot places will get hotter, but the cold will get colder. Droughts and floods will become more frequent and intense. Hurricanes will grow more dangerous. We are seeing all this now. Climate change is here now and you are living it, like it or not.
The heavy snows of the winter of 2010 are a sign of the record-breaking climate changes to come.
Are you concerned for your own future and that of the next generations? While denial is easy, taking action is far more satisfying and empowering.
The single fastest, easiest, and most powerful action you can take to slow climate change is to switch to a plant-based diet. A recent study by the Worldwatch Institute shows over half of greenhouse gases are polluting our atmosphere due to the direct and indirect effects of raising animals for food. Just eat a diet based on fruits, vegetables, beans, potatoes, whole grains, nuts, seeds, herbs, and spices. Both you and the planet will benefit more than you could imagine.
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Blog by Janice Stanger, Ph.D. Janice authored The Perfect Formula Diet, a nutrition book built on sustainable food choices. Enjoy six kinds of whole foods for permanent, hunger-free weight loss and health.