Tonight while I sat here sanding and repairing the latest chair, I decided to watch a documentary that came highly recommended. The documentary is called Climate Refuges and it was eye-opening and scary.
When we here in the US here officials talk about climate change or global warming, it’s usually something that is down the road. We hear ‘sure the glaciers are melting but it’s not much yet’ or even comments that Al Gore has made all this up. I really don’t care who or what is causing the planet to warm and glaciers to melt I have felt a need to do my part to leave my corner of the world a little better for future generations so they too can have and appreciate the things I grew up assuming would always be there.
Tonight after watching Climate Refuges, my need to stay true to my desire to do no harm is even stronger. I want to share a few topics from the movie you may not know.
- The government of the Maldive Islands have been actively (yes already) asking for “real estate” to move their population as the islands are being overtaken by rising waters. They aren’t worried about 10 years from now, but right now. They want a large enough geographical piece of land to move their citizens to because they feel they won’t survive there much longer.
- The Tuvalu Island is also worried in just the past year a large amount of their coastal areas have been claimed by the sea. You can see pictures of palm trees that use to be on land now in the ocean. They have nowhere to go. The powers that be of other nations, yes like the US, only allow political refuges, not those who need to leave because their homeland is no longer livable. An older woman explained their problem. You must have a job to relocate to another country, but if you are over 45 no one wants to give you a job. She’s concerned she will be washed away because no one will allow her to move elsewhere before her island is swamped by sea water.
- Other areas were highlighted in the documentary with populations in the millions who are at or near sea level and are already seeing their land swallowed up by water. They have nowhere to go, what country can take on another 6 million people at one time?
- When, not if, people need to evacuate their homes for higher ground, it is expected that other nations will refuse to let them enter their borders. The numbers of people trying to enter the US from Mexico is nothing compared to the numbers of people who will try to enter as their lands are overtaken by water.
- It is expected that wars will break out to keep people trying to escape rising water from entering into their countries and use up their limited resources.
- In China many areas have become deserts that used to be farm and agricultural lands. One such area is only 100 miles from Bangkok. Rice fields are no more in these areas and shortages of food is already growing.
- As China continues to see its fertile land turned into deserts it is expected the government will seek food from the US to feed its people. The consensus was that the US will not be able to say no as China is the one supporting our debt. What will happen if our country starts to send our food to China while our own country sees droughts similar to last years? Will we have enough food for our own people.
These are all hard questions and troubling situations which are already happening. It’s time to stop questioning if this is just another cyclical period the earth goes through, or if we are causing it, and begin to take steps to protect what good is left without exploitation.
Tonight I realize my actions aren’t enough to protect a future for my grand children and great grand children, but I will keep trying to make a difference and hope others see something I am doing and adopt similar behaviors before it’s too late. We need everyone to start living a simpler life. For me, I believe growing even more of my own food will help as the price of food should we start having shortage will be necessary to survive. Cutting back everywhere by everyone is the first step.