A perspective on climate change
To the Editor,
An ignorant man’s perspective on climate change. I have traveled much of this world, the vast majority of it is uninhabited by humans. The industrialized portions are far and few between compared to the vastness of our planet.
Having worked in industry and having seen the pollutants generated, which were unbelievable, and the contamination done to these localities, I understand the concerns. What I have noticed is that the greater majority of, at least, heavy pollutants are localized. These, I’ve noticed, have caused microclimate changes, or maybe better, impacted local weather.
In my travels, I have seen on two occasions the results of massive volcanic eruptions, one in Indonesia in the early 70s and the other in Guatemala, last year. These, by far, were the most catastrophic events I have ever seen. To my, limited, understanding, and memory, volcanic eruptions have had and have an enormous impact on the climate.
Here’s my extremely limited view: It is hard for me to fathom that people can have a greater impact on the planet than the planet itself, and the universe in which it travels. What I have noticed with humankind is that man is sinful without Christ, and therefore greedy and self-serving. As in just about all corruption, I have found, the culprit will be found by following the money.
I do believe that the climate is changing, as it has been doing from creation. Therefore, it is hard for me to blame humanity for the majority of these changes. From the dustbowls of the 30s to the proclamation of a coming ice age in the 60s and acid rain in the 70s, and then for a period of time, global warming. Is the sky falling?
“The earth is the Lord’s and everything in it, the world and all who live one it.” Psalm 24:1. and yet, “The earth is also polluted by its inhabitants, for they transgressed laws, violated statutes, broke the everlasting covenant.” Isaiah 24:5.
(Editor’s Note: Foglio is a member of the Weirton Ministerial Association)