The location of our campus has an interesting geological past. Before it was a forest thriving with tall trees and American Indians, it was a jungle with dinosaurs and exotic flowers. Even before that, it was an ocean bottom with a wide variety of unknown tropical life. The fears and panic of climate change have caused people to forget these simple truths.
Since we have only been around for a very short portion of our planet’s history – and have spent even less time documenting it – we have unfortunately been very quick to make assumptions, such as climate change being equivalent to Armageddon. Overall, trillions of dollars have been spent on the attempt to prevent such an unstoppable force.
But we shouldn’t be trying to prevent earthquakes and hurricanes; instead, we should be preparing for them. Regardless of the outcome, the earth will continue to exist. Therefore, the preparations of climate change should be the idea of our very own survival.
Climate change is a force of nature, and as such, there are continuing shifts. We shouldn’t be worrying that climate change is happening – we should worry when it’s not. It shows that the earth is healthy and is constantly in a state of flux.
Climate changes have directly impacted our history for centuries. Over a thousand years ago, the earth was considerably warmer than it is now; Greenland was green, and Northern Canada was known as Vineland by the Vikings because it had grapes. Scottish wine and food was abundant in England, and everyone throughout Europe had their fill.
It was only when the Little Ice Age began that food became scarce. In order to divert attention away from their problems, the Church began the Crusades. Eventually, warfare led to disease, and it went rampant throughout Europe, ultimately leading to the bubonic plague and the deaths of 66 percent of all Europeans.
After this extreme decrease, there was enough sustenance for all. Eventually, it was the posterity of these survivors who began the Renaissance, Age of Enlightenment and the Industrial Revolution.
Our current period might be the only time that an actual warming leads to panic and harm. Our job as students is to discover and unravel these buried truths.
We must not be swayed by fear because panic never helps. Instead, we must look on the bright side. We are, in fact, the new generation of a brand new millennium. As this new generation, it will be our job to make an impact on our world. It will not be Armageddon.
If for some reason the waters rapidly rise, then, like Amsterdam, we will build a wall. If for some reason the land becomes barren, then, like ancient Egypt, we will utilize irrigation. It’s just that simple. And the best part is that it will create more jobs, which, at this time, should really be our main concern.