Earth Day Urgency

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By Larry Bishop

When will the Central Coast really get going on protecting our climate? Some folks are doing everything they can. Most of us, though, are either picking at climate solutions or pretty much ignoring this catastrophic and looming problem.

We are still burning fossil fuel like it is going out of style. With our mega pickups and SUVs, we are digging our children’s environmental graves. We heat and cool our houses with gas and eat tons of meat thus ensuring a desolate and desperate future for our descendants.

Politically, some of our local governments try to push climate healthy policies such as banning oil well drilling in the Oxnard plain, limiting dangerous oil extraction projects over the Santa Maria groundwater basin, and joining safe energy cooperatives in SLO and Moro Bay cities.

Overwhelmingly, the scientific community urges us to take much more dramatic and persistent action to avoid the worst effects of the growing climate crisis. Local and national solutions abound. We just choose to dither and scoff at these remedies. The Green New Deal stagnates in our Congress as we focus on our comfort and saving money.

Can we sacrifice our current comforts for our community’s future? Greta Thunberg, a Swedish teen climate activist, who initiated the school strike for climate, said it best in challenging our generation. "Our house is on fire", “I want you to panic”. “I want you to feel the fear I feel every day.”


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420722 Apr 26, 2019 05:02 PM
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I highly doubt he means to kill them. Chill. Just because someone isn’t pro illegal immigration doesn’t mean they want those people to die. The sooner you get a grip on reality the better you’ll feel.

a-1563728814 Apr 26, 2019 12:29 PM
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Didn't notice 'genocide' in his comment.

GeneralTree Apr 26, 2019 12:18 PM
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The Catholic church needs to stop preaching to the 3rd world to keep having babies in order to bolster the army of Jesus. Stop the anti-birth control rhetoric.

a-1563728814 Apr 26, 2019 11:07 AM
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@SEA DOG Advocating genocide is a bit of an extreme solution to your xenophobia. Thankfully your type will soon be extinct due to your inability to evolve and adapt.

SantaBarbaraObserver Apr 26, 2019 08:22 AM
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While everyone should be a better steward of the environment, most of the hippie feel good actions taken by locals are completely superfluous and offer no added benefit to either the issue or the environment at large. The first line of this OpEd is part of the problem. We on the central coast? As if we are one let alone able to act as one... All you can do is do what you feel is appropriate. Dont want plastics? Dont buy anything with plastic. Dont like meat? Dont eat it. The world is filled with almost 7billion people and headed towards 10. To think you or "we" can stem the rising tide with some feel good and mostly inconsequential changes in behavior is just silly. Or worse, to try and legislate this stuff at the local level only furthers the distance between political advisories. Treat it like religion. Preach but do not force. Teach but do not harm. Lead by example and follow your own heart and desires. Tread lightly and do your best to be a good person. That is all you can do and all that anyone can do. It will take generations and significant advances in technology to make any real change. Things that you as an individual cannot control let alone accelerate.

biguglystick Apr 27, 2019 09:49 AM
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This is a great comment. WHO are the ignorant people voting it down? Seriously. A movement does begin with a single step. Anyone not fighting climate change is part of the problem. Reduce your plastic use, or eliminate it, stop eating so much meat, look at your driving habits and maybe get a car that is a hybrid. DO SOMETHING. Anything will contribute, but if you sit there and deny that the earth is in trouble, you're just ignorant.

a-1563728814 Apr 26, 2019 11:10 AM
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A movement begins with a single person taking a single step. California is leading the nation on environmental action and it is contagious. Be careful you might catch on!

jqb Apr 26, 2019 08:01 AM
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Education education education. It's sorely needed, because none of the commenters here appears to be aware of why it's a crisis and how atmospheric physics works. Greenhouse gases are transparent to solar energy coming in, but slow infrared energy going out, and so the temperature of the atmosphere slowly but inexorably is rising (with temporary fluctuations due to solar and El Nino cycles) ... and CO2 put into the atmosphere today will take 100 years to leave it.

jqb Apr 27, 2019 05:01 PM
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I explained the basics of how it works in plain English. You don't need to be an atmospheric physicist to understand what I wrote. Like I said, "education education education", not "train everyone to be an atmospheric physicist". Anyone can understand the basics, even you.

a-1563728814 Apr 26, 2019 09:21 AM
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JQB, So are we to assume that YOU are an atmospheric physicist since you seem to know all about how climate works?

Factotum Apr 25, 2019 09:32 PM
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How can it not get warmer every year, since our last Ice Age as 10,000 years ago?

a-1563728814 Apr 25, 2019 09:27 PM
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OK, let’s all walk or drive small cars. Let’s stop drilling for oil. Let’s stop eating meat. If we do all of these things what will be the change in earth’s mean temperature next year? Or in 10 years, or 1,000 years? How many hundreds of trillions of dollars per degree Celsius is all of this going to cost? How many other ways could this money be spent? What if we instead focussed on preventing the 1,000,000 yearly malaria deaths in the world? Or what if we figured out how to get clean water to the nearly one billion people in the world who do not have access currently? Finally let’s quit calling climate change a crisis- people dying needlessly from malaria and bad water is a crisis.

CoastWatch Apr 25, 2019 07:18 PM
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Talk to the people who don't understand the concept of birth control- Talk to our world neighbors who don't live under ANY environmental constraints or laws (check out the ocean pollution between San Diego and TJ- RAW sewage outfall...) Thanks to President Nixon who christened the EPA way back in the 70's ... we have some of the most stringent environmental laws in the World... Hard to type this on my phone while driving my truck.

Curmudgeon Apr 25, 2019 06:47 PM
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Que sera, sera. When a butterfly flaps its wings. How can you stop several billion people clamoring for the "good life" in third-world nations from flapping their wings, so-to-speak? So, your efforts, however laudable, won't stop the inexorable march towards chaos.

biguglystick Apr 27, 2019 09:50 AM
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Spoken truly like your moniker would suggest...

sb93105 Apr 25, 2019 06:20 PM
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good grief are you serious "our house is on fire" ? The scientific community overwhelmingly keeps changing the stats to fit their narrative. Look up what catastrophic actually means, just a thought? Not sure you'll find plastic straws in the description- Sorry but after 250 people where just blown up on this Easter Sunday i find your article a bit out of touch with what is considered desolate and looming. Seeing a Denali blazing down the road does not = fear in any way shape or form. Good luck with your domesday preachy movement -

a-1563728814 Apr 25, 2019 06:12 PM
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It would go a long way if you could find a hard-drinking man's man as a spokesperson. Someone that guys look up to, rather than wimpy actors, politicians, and comedians. Madison Avenue would never use a Peewee Herman or Al Gore to sell bourbon, 4x4 trucks, or steak burgers. Get someone like a Dana White to push your agenda because an A-hole like him can sell to the folks you eant on board.

a-1563728814 Apr 25, 2019 07:18 PM
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oooo That comment cracks me up.

Factotum Apr 25, 2019 05:11 PM
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Don't feel bad. No one cares about the public pension debt, which will destroy us long before so called climate change. In fact climate change may be an intentional distraction, just so we ignore thinking about the all-consuming public pension debt.

a-1563728814 Apr 25, 2019 05:08 PM
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Look at the air in Beijing and Santiago. Humans adapt, much to their detriment. Some of us are aware and do care. There are those of us who walk, ride our bikes and take the bus, even though we can afford to drive everywhere. (I think if buses would allow people to bring their dogs along we'd see even more people doing less driving.) As it is at my house, we don't waste electricity, water or natural gas. We know all about vampire loading (look it up) and we unplug devices via power strip to save electricity. We don't have A.C., we don't use our forced air heating. We buy organic. We don't pollute the air by burning wood. We don't use pesticides or dryer sheets or even use the dryer unless we absolutely have to. Those of us in my household and most of my friends chose not to have kids. It's difficult and sad to watch others act like the Rapture or some other power is going to come rescue them all when things get unlivable . This Big Blue Marble. We're all in it together, but you'd never know it by the way most people act.

biguglystick Apr 27, 2019 09:51 AM
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I applaud your efforts. At my house we are the same. If only people would read up and learn.

a-1563728814 Apr 26, 2019 11:14 AM
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They think by accelerating Armageddon they'll get to the promised land sooner.

420722 Apr 25, 2019 06:23 PM
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Well aren’t you just perfect while the rest of us suck. It must be nice to be so godly.

a-1563728814 Apr 25, 2019 05:08 PM
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The bottom line is that outside a small circle of folks, no one cares. That is not to say that it is not extremely important, but it is as they say...reality.... nobody in a global sense cares. The approach to educating people about this, in my opinion, is all wrong. For example, humiliating people to "believe" rarely works. Stop the humiliation and maybe you can get a few more peeps on board with the program.

420722 Apr 25, 2019 04:30 PM
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Sounds like you thought the power was going to go out in the year 2000...

Factotum Apr 25, 2019 04:26 PM
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So much scolding, scolding, scolding. No wonder so many tune this stuff out. When people finally start driving 55 mph on the freeways you will know your message finally got across. But they haven't. Just the opposite. Might want to try another way to approach your issues, if you truly want general acceptance, motivation and behavior change.

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