Some 'Burning' Questions!
What is climate change?
Why does it matter?
What can I do about it?
The world’s temperature has always had fluctuations and cycles over the ages, mostly to do with natural variations in the Earth/Sun relationship.
However, humanity has reached such a level in numbers and advancement in technology that it now has a direct affect on the regulatory mechanisms that control our environment.
When for example a grasshopper meets a soldier ant it is safe. However, if it encounters an army of ants it is likely to be consumed. The focus of a single ant is of survival but, in mass numbers it is of dominance and consumption. So it is with our Earth. As single individuals we aim for survival but, in our masses as civilisations and globalised industry we are driven to be consumers of all around us. The world however, is a limited resource. It is able to sustain us and is designed to do so if it is treated with respect. As the dominant species we are currently abusing our duty of sustainable management of God’s creation. All consuming greed has taken over. We need to recognise that fact and react to correct it.
We can only be effective in doing that by taking the right steps as individuals and affecting the mechanisms of ‘progress’ we have set up.
It is now recognised by over 95% of environmental scientists that climate change is occurring because of the dramatic increase of gases in our atmosphere that provide the ‘greenhouse effect’. That is those which let heat from the sun in, but which trap lower energy that radiates back out from the planet that would normally reflect back into space.
We are therefore gradually getting hotter. In terms of the Earth’s development we are doing this in the ‘blink of an eye’, for the Earth’s regulatory mechanisms are slow to react. Since we are heating the planet by a relatively small amount yet very ’quickly’ in geological terms , life on Earth is threatened by not being able to adapt in time.
That is why climate change matters.
So what can we do to stop it before it becomes life threatening to most life as we know it on our world?
We have to slow down , halt and reverse the mechanisms producing the ‘greenhouse’ effect before the average global atmospheric temperature rise goes beyond 2 degree centigrade increase. This is the level at which most scientists project as the likely tipping point when bio-systems that support us will start to fail and collapse. To keep it below 2 degree rise is to avoid what is described as ‘dangerous climate change’.
To do this we have to act both as individuals and collectively.
‘Save our planet’ day and ‘Traffic lights for peace’ are designed to help facilitate these changes necessary for bio-physical survival. They help advise us as individuals and aim to link us together for effective action..
They are unique non-financial mechanisms.
No money is involved.
The minimal use of the Earth’s resources are used to function.
Only time and materials that can be donated by individuals are used in order to keep everything simple to stick to the aim and not be diverted into financial and organisational structure.
We offer advice and show how existing groups can link and work together in order to provide the essential element for change that is necessary for our survival through this acutely critical time in humanity’s development.
Please help us return to constructive sustainable management of our world by helping with organisations such as those associated with these sites.
If you wish to help with this unique informative linking mechanism that is ‘Traffic lights 4 peace’ and ‘Save our planet’ day contact:
Jon at TL4peace@hotmail.com
Or write to TL4peace at 49, Dyer St., Cirencester, Glos. GL7 2PP
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