Monday, November 24, 2008

California, Global Warming and the Story of the Strafish

So, California is taking the lead in global warming. I am glad someone here is. However, it is a sober approach. It includes moving parts of Highway One further inland to avoid future ocean rise. It includes deciding which species they can save. There will also be a contest for building flood resistant structures. This is serious stuff.

No one is pretending this will be an easy challenge to confront. For one, there is almost no money. That means commitment and creativity will be required. The alterative is simply not acceptable.

It is not enough that one of our states is taking a lead role in dealing with global warming. You noticed I am sure that the issues were what to do to deal with global warming. We need nations to confront the problem so we can slow it and eventually reverse it. Still, this reminds me of the story of the person throwing tide stranded starfish back into the ocean. An observed mentioned there were millions of them and the efforts of one person could not possibly make a difference. The person picked up another starfish and threw it back into the ocean and replied, “It makes a difference to this one.” All of our efforts, even our tiny efforts, makes a difference.

Blue Man Group on Global Warming

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