The Land of Make-Believe

Hello dear reader(s)!

Do you like to pretend?  Do you want to play make-believe?  No?  Too bad.

I want you to close your eyes, and imagine that Climate Change is not either caused or made worse by man.  Oh, that’s already your belief?  Good, this should be easy then.  What?  You have a hard time imagining that Climate Change could NOT be caused or made worse by man?  Well, I applaud your intelligence but just indulge me here and pretend it is not affected by humans in any way.  Could you do that for me?  Pretty please?

Because it doesn’t matter.

What?!?!?!  How could you say that?  Look at what is happening!  How could you say it doesn’t matter?  

Well, look who the most vocal deniers of climate change are.  They are politicians, or their blind followers.  And those politicians continue to vote to subsidize an obsolete fossil fuel industry, and call for less environmental regulation on the largest polluters.  They vote to allow unchecked development and sprawl, and vote to lower the fines for breaking the regulations they leave in place.

The fact of the matter is that some polluters make money by risking the paltry fines should they be caught circumventing environmental regulations.  And with a smaller government and hostility toward the EPA, there are fewer people to inspect and enforce what regulations remain.

But how could that not matter?!?!

Because it doesn’t take a changing climate to wipe out the world’s biodiversity.  It doesn’t take global warming to cause rivers to burn.  It doesn’t take trapped heat to eliminate our resources, to contaminate our air and water, and to make this world a hell for your children and their children.

Fossil fuels are obsolete.  Other developed nations are already turning toward renewable energy.  The technology exists, and is only getting better.  Right now, due to storage, renewable energy is slightly more expensive than fossil fuels, but technology that already exists and will soon be produced on a massive scale will change that.  “But renewable energy will put hard working fossil fuel extractors out of jobs!!!”  That may be true, in which case…find another job.  There are lots of jobs.  There will be jobs in renewable energy production.  Keep in mind, they said the steam engine would eliminate jobs, the internal combustion engine, the tractor, the combine, the “business machines”, the personal computer, robots, and the internet.

So, pretending climate change doesn’t exist, I ask you to look at some of the pictures in the link below and ask yourself if it matters anyway.  Ignore the stupid title.

27 images that prove that we are in danger. #7 left my mouth open..

Okay…so after looking at those pictures, and seeing how our greed, consumerism, overpopulation, and pollution are destroying our animals, our air, our water, our health, and our land, I ask you again; does it matter if Climate Change is caused or made worse by humans?  Even if we didn’t have an effect on the climate, surely we have an effect on our air, water, land, health, and the eco-system around us.

We need to re-evaluate our priorities.  How much is too much?  Is having the latest gadget at the lowest price worth not being able to walk through a forest, not having clean air to breathe, having fire come out of your tap, or your children getting stricken with and dying from cancer or poisoning?

Every year we level more and more wilderness to build further and further away from the riff-raff in the inner city.  And every year we are surprised or saddened when those multi-million dollar homes go up in flames.  And even if you put your fingers in your ears when someone talks about the increase in wildfires due to climate change, you can’t argue about the increase in wildfires.  And even if you could argue about that…you can’t argue that we are building out so far, and spreading like mold on a piece of cheese over the surface of this planet.  And then we cry for the insured homes lost in a fire in a place they never should have been built?  I have about the same amount of sympathy for the people who lose their homes in wildfires on the edges of a town as I do for those who watch their houses fall into the ocean because they built on a cliff for the best view and didn’t take erosion into account.

Does this seem cold-hearted?  Well, I’m sorry.  I have no empathy for those who lack empathy to such a degree that they will destroy the future in pursuit of almighty money.  But hey, I’m not the one with kids.  I’ll be gone before the food stops growing because there are no bees left to pollinate.  I’ll be gone before the oceans are so acidic that no fish can survive.  I’ll be long gone before there is no water to put out the fires that were just on the edges of town but will soon sweep through major cities.  Our firefighting has come a long way since the late 1800’s and early 1900’s, but that does depend on water.

To this generation of brand new voters,

Your parents and grandparents are fucking you over.  I hope you are smart and strong enough to stop them, and reverse some of the damage they have done before it is too late.  I sincerely wish you the best of luck.

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Author: Josh Wrenn

Cancer survivor, wanna-be artist, musician, author, and all around good guy.

16 thoughts on “The Land of Make-Believe”

  1. Awesomely awesome and I am thinking this will have to be my Feature Friday post (on Friday of course) I like the part about so What get another job as I just had this conversation with a niece of mine

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  2. (insert applause here)
    Yes, I believe the ‘older’ generation have ruined many things for the younger ones (us included). I look at young children and babies and shudder to think what awaits them when they become adults.

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    1. Well, I don’t mean to generalize entirely, but over all I think that my parent’s generation is really selfish and short-sighted. This younger generation seems more intelligent and primed to do something if only they can take their focus off of pop culture for a second.

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      1. Again, I agree with you! I thought it was just in Japan (especially about the ‘baby boomer’ generation being very short-sighted and selfish) but I see that sadly, it’s quite prevalent just about everywhere. And of course, I too, don’t mean to generalise entirely, but there are too many to ignore. Thanks so much for the replies.

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    1. That is true, but the generation in power is resisting simple legislative changes to temper it. I will definitely admit that the consumerism is near universal, but I also think the boomers had a lot to do with changing us into consumers instead of producers.

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      1. And the worst art is that so many of you had something going in the 60’s, but then seemed to turn your back on it. (not to say the things in the 60’s were ALL great, but the core was there to reshape a more compassionate, peaceful, and less destructive society).

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