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On The Edge Of A Cliff

Casey Kopilchak

Posted on March 12, 2019 21:17

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While the debate over climate change has seemed to cool in the political spectrum the danger is ever-present for every human on earth. It is fast becoming the single most important issue of our time, and I fear what our children and grandchildren will have to endure if we don't take some big leaps in our thinking and our policies.

In the Western world, it is easy to forget just how dependent we are on energy. From the moment we wake our lives run on energy, much of which is driven by fossil fuels. While some people debate the impact it is having on our planet it is scientifically clear that we are changing the planet's climate faster than it ever has in the past. It is also clear that if we continue to resist the changes needed to halt climate change it will be catastrophic for all life on earth.

The saddest part is that fossil fuel companies have known that their products cause global warming for over 30 years. We are sitting on a teeter-totter right now, and if we tip too far in the wrong direction our children and our children's children might end up paying the ultimate price. I believe in doing whatever we can individually to help save our planet, but this needs to be addressed in the political realm. There needs to be a policy that will move us towards healthier and greener energy, and less consumption all around.

It amazes me how little attention we actually pay to this problem. It is the most pressing issue of our time and yet we still have people out there denying the scientific evidence. I'm not sure how you deny scientifically proven evidence, but I see who benefits from such skepticism. Who would take the biggest hit if there were drastic policy changes in America and throughout the world? The fossil fuel based energy companies and all who profit from their business.

I fear if people do not stand up and make this a priority soon, we all will be in for a rough ride. The longer we wait to do something about this, the bigger the mess we will make. Climate change is everyone's problem, rich and poor alike. We need people representing us who will exert real change. The fact that we haven't done much to battle this yet, and have even gone backward from a few years ago shows how powerful some of these energy companies are, from lobbying Congress to launching their own misleading campaigns.

These energy companies need to be held accountable, as do we all, for what we are doing to our home. We will all pay a very high price if our entire way of thinking and living does not change soon.

Casey Kopilchak

Posted on March 12, 2019 21:17

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