An article in National Geographic explains the crisis in California due to water shortages more thoroughly. Here’s the gist:
“Last week, California Governor Jerry Brown announced his state’s first-ever mandatory water restrictions, in an effort to cope with four years of the worst drought in the state’s history.” (Full Article, Here.)
Again, real consequences that need to be addressed. It’s extremely frustrating that environmental health is considered an externality to human activity, especially business – and given about 2% of our attention. Wtf?
Does the idea of not being able to eat because your food is not able to be grown bother you? What about water prices being so high only millionaires can afford fresh water? What about the millions of gallons of fresh water used in Colorado and Nebraska for fracking, filled with chemicals, undrinkable after use?
Is this not a wake-up sign if you still need one? Not to say “humans caused California’s drought” (of which we may contribute, i’m not sure), but it is to say that we need to start dealing with these issues. And fast.
Drought, if you didn’t know, is a big fucking deal. In terms of JUST CALIFORNIA, check out these numbers:
“California produces a sizable majority of many American fruits, vegetables, and nuts: 99 percent of artichokes, 99 percent of walnuts, 97 percent of kiwis, 97 percent of plums, 95 percent of celery, 95 percent of garlic, 89 percent of cauliflower, 71 percent of spinach, and 69 percent of carrots (and the list goes on and on). Some of this is due to climate and soil. No other state, or even a combination of states, can match California’s output per acre. Lemon yields in California, for example, are more than 50 percent higher than in Arizona. California spinach yield per acre is 60 percent higher than the national average. Without California, supply of all these products in the United States and abroad would dip, and in the first few years, a few might be nearly impossible to find. Orchard-based products in particular, such as nuts and some fruits, would take many years to spring back.”
(Full article, press click.)
I think this may be the future of climate change talk: no abstract charts, no global data graphs, no more talk about the ice-caps (although, I do love polar bears)…
… it’s time to start talking more concretely.
People need to know their communities are being affected. NASA outlines the effects of climate change on specific geographical areas in the US, which is really helpful when trying to explain actual consequences to the naysayers. I’m willing to bet other organizations have charts for your home state… or country. Google can help.
Humans need this sort of pragmatism. It must be observable. They must see it, feel it, hear it. We cannot forget humans are humans. They need to be capable of attaining a deep connection with the issue to want to do anything about it… give them that connection.
So, see how climate change affects your community, then talk and share.