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Global Warming: The Ostrich Syndrome

or Blowing in the Wind

Are we simply paralyzed in front of our TV screens that the obvious symptoms of global warming have left us cold? Or is it that we are so hypnotized by our transient way of life that we think and surely feel that nothing, but nothing extravagant such as the strange predictions we hear could ever change the planetary friendliness we presently enjoy. Do not believe in predictions and counter arguments, simply look at the sky and try to finda better place amongst the other planets or even beyond if you are really adventurous!

When most people think about climate change, they imagine gradual increases in temperature and only marginal changes in other climatic conditions, continuing indefinitely or even leveling off at some time in the future. The conventional wisdom is that modern civilization will either adapt to whatever weather conditions we face and that the pace of climate change will not overwhelm the adaptive capacity of society, or that our efforts such as those embodied in the Kyoto protocol will be sufficient to mitigate the impacts. Optimists assert that the benefits from technological innovation will be able to outpace the negative effects of climate change. (reference)

The cold reality is that we presently have no backdoor if the environment we are thriving on becomes miserable. The only option we have is to be cautious and prudent and surely not bold and ignorant. Are we simply playing ostrich with our SUVs?

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Blowing in the Wind (Bob Dylan)

How many roads must a man walk down
Before you call him a man?
Yes, ’n’ how many seas must a white dove sail
Before she sleeps in the sand?
Yes, ’n’ how many times must the cannon balls fly
Before they’re forever banned?
The answer, my friend, is blowin’ in the wind,
The answer is blowin’ in the wind.

How many times must a man look up
Before he can see the sky?
Yes, ’n’ how many ears must one man have
Before he can hear people cry?
Yes, ’n’ how many deaths will it take till he knows
That too many people have died?
The answer, my friend, is blowin’ in the wind,
The answer is blowin’ in the wind.

How many years can a mountain exist
Before it’s washed to the sea?
Yes, ’n’ how many years can some people exist
Before they’re allowed to be free?
Yes, ’n’ how many times can a man turn his head,
Pretending he just doesn’t see?
The answer, my friend, is blowin’ in the wind,
The answer is blowin’ in the wind.