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Change of mind about a changing climate

“You heard about what WMO discussed today,” my friend asks me over the phone during one of our late-night conversations. I assume that my silence caught his attention as he began to explain roughly how national leaders had gathered in Switzerland to discuss global warming. Immediately, I stopped him and said, “Oh, you’re one of those people eh?” Little did I know that I would soon become “one of them” after countless hours of research. Over the years, the issue of climate change has been a controversial topic in American society. The events have shown that global warming is on the rise, but the lack of apathy on the part of American citizens continues to show exactly what its impact will be on future generations. Until there is a sense of responsibility on the part of American society to regain the protection of our planet, the rise in global warming will continue.

There are thirty-two cards, twenty-two roads, four railroads, two ancillary programs, a six-sided dice, thirty-two houses, twelve hotels, eight pieces of play and a total of $ 15,140 included in the Monopoly game. As players, we are represented by our symbol of choice that moves around the edge of the Monopoly from the two-sided six-sided roll we roll. The object of the game is to become the “richest” player through the purchase and rental of real estate. While most of the time this “family-friendly” board game is a pure form of enjoyment, I would like you to take the stroller or car, whichever of the two insignia is your favorite and imagine yourself in the game. You start with $ 1,500 and start the walk, the only difference is that the game has already started. you’re just another piece in someone’s game. The rush of excitement takes over and you fight for the remaining property. Suddenly, you land on private property and the fees accumulate. Somehow you end up in jail, and when you’re finally free, there’s nothing else to buy and people have bought your property, now you have no choice but to continue on this “walk” you call life. How did this happen? You had money, you knew, you informed about your environment, but during this initial rush, a vital part of the game was forgotten. you did not have control over your movements and now you will be run forever by big businesses.

A few months ago, I had the honor of meeting the head of Nasa Science, Thomas Zurbuchen, and many other spiritually intimidating men that a nerd could only dream of meeting by chance. As I began to relax in a conversation that deserved to be Ted-Talk instead of a simple dinner conversation, I finally put my Italian bread down and hit Hal Levinson on the shoulder. Shaking, I tried my best to hear at least a little clever, asking about his thoughts on climate change and how I, a girl from a small Baptist town, could convince others around me that it is an issue we are trying to solve . Dr. Levinson began by commenting on how rural areas should be particularly concerned, as global warming is ultimately leading to global warming, making agricultural production too delicate for future generations. I was worried that I would interrupt their festive dinner, thank him politely for his time, and go back with my heart pounding in my chest. Fifteen minutes later, with a bite of spinach tortellini, I felt a fountain on my shoulder. I turned, and again I literally fell off the chair, as Dr. Levinson introduced me to Dr. Zurbuchen. Both of them started asking me what I think is the global warming and my thoughts. After the initial nerves faded, I sat in awe of what was happening. There I sat with the head of science at Nasa and the man who carried out Lucy’s mission, discussing an issue I had never believed in before. I’ve been told that global warming is an issue that needs to be addressed, and I hope that one day it will find a way to stop it because scientists themselves don’t fully understand it. After my discussion, I eagerly called on almost everyone I knew to express my enthusiasm for my meeting, and we discussed the overall question I was asked: “of all the things you could talk about. , did you discuss global warming? “

For several years, the issue of global warming has been the subject of intense debate about its effects and even its existence, especially in America. Ironically, the United States is one of the leading countries in helping to increase climate change through human participation, but political activists, the world’s elites and the American people point out that it is either not an issue or simply uninteresting. A major problem with global warming is that many do not fully understand what it is and how it has become so controversial in society. Beginning in 1896, a Swedish scientist, Svante Arrhenius, published his idea of ​​the “greenhouse effect”, an idea that is taught in almost every class of inferior science. Arrhenius discussed how increasing human production of fossil fuels, such as coal, oil and gas, would eventually lead to an increase in the Earth’s temperature, but with a “struggling, leading nation” it would not do so. Is it ridiculous for America to put regulations in a source of energy that was booming in their economy? Between 1930 and 1960, scientists had shown that gas emissions had caused the earth’s temperature to rise every year. When the 1970s came, environmentalists began to see the real impact of climate change and tried to raise public awareness about the issue. American companies and individuals who opposed government regulations began to falsify scientific reports to “prove” to the public that there was no problem (Weart, 2012, pp. 3-14). Global warming has never been a matter of whether or not it existed until the capital of some American people had a chance to disappear. The reason why the majority of American society thinks they are a “farce” is due to the fact that this perception has been implanted in our culture for decades.

I want you to think about your place in the monopoly game. How it made you feel like you knew there was nothing you could do to stop the game from continuing, regardless of whether you owned it or not. Whatever this “monopoly” wins. Now let’s take this perspective in real-world scenarios. Large businesses have more control over society than we will ever know, specifically its contribution to the doubts that exist about climate change. In the sixth video in his series, Peak Oil and Climate Change, linguist, philosopher, political activist and MIT professor Dr. Noam Chomsky talks about “How climate change has become a liberal farce.” As in the previous story, companies in the 1970s undertook to create their own findings on climate change to refute the evidence given for global warming. Chomsky connects it with today’s America. He states that distrust of politicians, banks, the public, ultimately leads us to distrust scientists, leaving climate change as a “liberal farce” (Chomsky, 2011, The Nation). In America, we have not yet seen, or simply ignored, the effects it has on the whole world. Small coastal cities in India need to be evacuated due to extreme flooding, resulting in higher ocean levels. The melting of glaciers in Antarctica, oxygen levels in the Amazon rainforest are declining annually. It even matters in our country. The National Glacier Park in Montana, which started with 150 glaciers, has now been reduced to twenty-four and its wildlife has been drastically reduced. Is it all random? Are they “liberals” so excited to “absorb” the nation that they cause extreme droughts, fires, weather, floods, natural disasters that happen every year in America? Big business has manipulated society so deeply that we don’t even realize it’s happening.

The dice have rolled and you are given the opportunity to move three positions. When you land, your eyes are drawn to the huge question mark looking back. You were given a “chance”. With this “opportunity” you have the opportunity to continue to let this game determine your every move or opportunity to regain control. Throughout our lives, we all have the thought that “one day I will change the world,” but eventually that dream turned into an idea that never came true because society told us it was impossible to achieve. Global warming is an issue that is difficult to understand, “irrelevant” to most, and a major problem we face due to a lack of understanding of the issue. It has been removed from our politicians and elites before our generation, it enters our society. As America remains one of the world’s leading nations, it is the responsibility of the American individual to take control of the process of transferring renewable energy. As Chomsky discusses in his interview, America is the most powerful nation in the world right now. Other countries aspire to be like the United States, most of the time, and its ability to influence the world around it (Chomsky, 2011, The Nation). There have been several attempts by the United States to work on the main sources of renewable energy, wind, solar and hydroelectric power, by boosting competition in the economy, which has attracted the attention of big business from the Obama administration. Living in a capitalist society, the need for competition is instilled in us from an early age. Unfortunately, much of it is related to the constant understanding of more money and power, regardless of who or what is influencing it. We spend hours rolling in the news, filtering our photos, buying clothes or the car, but we can’t take the time to find out what’s going on directly with us in our environment.

We live in a selfish society, so we must find this solution that connects it to each of us. A single 1MW wind turbine has enough power to provide electricity to at least 225 homes. Studies by the Environmental Protection Agency have shown that just thirty-three percent of renewable energy will benefit every American with $ 243 in their pockets from the electricity bill alone (Ryor & Tawney, 2014, para. 2-6). . While this may not seem like much, consider which products are made from fossil fuels, especially oil. clothes, tires, sportswear, glasses, paints, roofs, perfumes, hair accessories, toilets and the list could go on. If the demand for fossil fuels, in terms of electricity and fuel, has declined, then the price of oil-based products will fall sharply due to their availability. So far, demand for fossil fuels is at an all-time high and is expected to increase only with the recent principles of government administration. What Americans don’t realize is that millions of dollars go straight into the pockets of very few people at our expense and the planets. Many solutions to this are the usual, public transport, recycling, deactivation and disconnection of devices that require electricity, with less water, etc., which help, but will never completely solve the problem, unless you involve companies that are mainly responsible for global warming.

Although big business controls many of our resources, we also have the “opportunity” to contribute greatly to this solution. Currently, there are government grants for people who want to start renewable energy projects. By creating a spark in the energy market, there will be competition, resulting in an overflow of renewable resources for our society. In addition to the individuals, the large business was recently added to renewable energy sources. The two leading oil companies, Shell and Exxon, have announced the launch of a “green investment line”. With this, “Exxon will invest more than $ 500 million a year in renewable energy sources” and “Shell will start with $ 200 million in acquisitions” (Maclister, 2016, paragraphs 1-10). While large businesses, due to their capital, have the advantage of the energy market, individuals still have the opportunity to create more of a competitive market and must take advantage of it. When renewable energy comes into play and appears in American society, not only the economic benefits it will produce, but also the reduction of emissions on our planet, people will have no way of denying our participation in climate change. The American public will promote wind, solar, hydroelectric and many other energy alternatives because of its profitability, but it will also create an environmental awareness without even realizing it. Americans have a duty to ourselves, to the world, to future generations, to save our natural wonders, food sources, control, science, the economy, and ultimately the lives of those around us. Imagine what the world would be like if the generations before us said, “It won’t affect me right away, so why should I care?” There would be no industrialized agriculture to feed our overpopulated world, no form of transportation to receive the mass products we “need” in today’s culture, or rather a way to take a “selfie” to “connect” with friend 100 miles away. Should the oceans flood our homes immediately to finally worry about climate change?

The last roll of dice has been played and the game is over. You look around and see a single color all over the board. Fortunately it’s yours, thanks to a “random” card given to you. Now you have complete control over what comes out of this “game”. Americans have the potential to turn global warming upside down if we choose to. We could continue to allow someone else to “roll the dice” or take it on to make a difference.