Introduction: Why is this post important? What does “it’s not the end of the world…” mean?
We all have moments where we feel like the world is against us. We lose jobs we love, relationships fail, and family members pass away. It hurts. It really does hurt. Sometimes we feel like the sky is falling, and there’s no way out. Other times, life can just seem like it’s going on without us. In all of these cases, we want to believe that things will get better. Maybe this is an optimistic attitude, or maybe it’s because, in moments like these, we feel powerless and can’t do anything about our situations.
Sometimes hope is all we have left. I realize this might not seem like the most upbeat way to start a post about game development, but I hope that this post can serve as a humble salve for those times when our hopes are crushed and we feel helpless – because there is power in hope. As Jimmy Wales wrote: “Hope can be powerful. It is a force that drives us to get up in the morning, go to work and return home at night. It propels us forward when we cannot see the path ahead. Hope is a default setting in humanity.”
I’ll admit this post might not seem like a joke, but I hope it can be taken in that spirit. We all need to laugh at ourselves a little bit sometimes. We all might feel stuck in life, but that doesn’t mean we’re not moving forward – it just means that we can’t see the path ahead.
Why Should I Be Concerned about Climate Change if I’m Not A Scientist?
Climate change is a reality no matter how you want to look at it. Scientists aren’t trying to scare us, they’re just being honest with the data. The only way we can make changes to the current system is if we know how that system works. Sooner or later, people are going to have to make decisions that affect other people. We all make a choice every day about how we use energy and resources. Every time you turn on the TV, eat a snack, or enter a car you’ve made a choice about climate change.
Human beings have been polluting the atmosphere for years. Every time you spray a plant with pesticides, or turn on a light you’ve contributed to the problem. The problem is that the amount of carbon dioxide that gets into the atmosphere each year has almost doubled since we started burning fossil fuels in the 1800’s. In order to have a chance of reversing this trend by 2050, our usage of fossil fuels would need to decrease by 85%. We’re simply not ready to do that in the next 35 years.
How You Can Help With Climate Change by Being More Aware and Educating Yourself on This Issue
First, you can lend your voice to the debate. Voice your opinion on social media, talk to friends and family about it, or write a letter to the editor if you don’t normally write letters (I did this recently and got a positive response). In a debate, especially one with so much at stake, facts are key. Don’t take sides until you know the facts about climate change.
Here are some facts that might be helpful to know:
1. Carbon dioxide (CO2) is a greenhouse gas. Greenhouse gasses trap heat that would otherwise escape from the Earth’s atmosphere. The effects of this increase in global temperatures have already been felt by many people, especially those living in developing countries, where the effects are more severe because these countries lack the resources for infrastructure improvements and disaster response. If nothing is done to reduce CO2 emissions, temperatures are projected to rise as much as 5 degrees Fahrenheit by 2100.
2. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) predicts that if CO2 emissions continue at the current rates, temperatures will rise 2.5 degrees Fahrenheit by the end of this century. If a stronger policy to reduce global warming is not adopted soon, we could see this rise as high as 10 degrees Fahrenheit by 2100. Would you still be able to swim in the ocean or eat your favorite fruits and vegetables?