The 2016 Olympics opened last night in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The theme is diversity. They stretched that theme to include climate change. I am not a science person. I didn’t like science in school and I don’t care for it now. And yet I am amazed that I have no difficulty believing or accepting wholeheartedly that our planet is generating heat, creating what scientists call ‘the greenhouse effect.” Certain gases in the atmosphere block heat from escaping. These gases are nitrous oxide, methane. water vapor (H2O), and carbon dioxide. Carbon dioxide is a minor but very important component of the atmosphere and it is released through natural processes such as breathing and volcano eruptions and through human activities such as cutting down forests, land use changes, and burning fossil fuels.
There was a documentary showing on HBO last month entitled “How to Love the World( And Let Go of All the Things That Climate Can’t Change.” I watched and I learned that if things continue as they are, all of our coastal cities will be wiped off the earth. The climate change or global warming is causing glaciers to melt at an alarming rate. When they melt the water flows into the oceans and the sea level begins to rise. If allowed to continue to rise the waters overflow and swallow up the land. So places like Rio, Miami, Los Angeles, Hawaii, etc. will no longer be. Nor the people who live there if they cannot escape fast enough. I love that the people of Brazil chose to shine the light on this major issue that some would like to believe does not exist. But think about it!