Have you ever seen artist Salvador Dali’s famous paintings where he portrays objects as melting? I am pretty sure that is exactly how we all felt during that recent burst of heat in Canada and the United States.
On July 21st, as you may recall, the heat hit us hard; Windsor, Ontario had to face a blistering 50°C with the humidity. During that heat wave, I got to thinking about its possible relationship with the much-debated concept of global warming. Is it linked, or is it not linked? that is the question.
Unfortunately… we don’t know the answer. Some scientists claim that it is too early to connect the dots between heat waves and global warming; while others predict (from scientific weather patterns) that global warming will create harsher, longer-lasting and more frequent heat waves.
But how are we supposed to take an issue seriously when even the scientists can’t agree on its severity? Thus far, global warming hasn’t manifested itself in obvious ways, and perhaps that is why we don’t justify it as a real concern.
We don’t even experience the real consequences because, with our available technologies, we are able to escape the wrath of extreme heat by air conditioning our homes, our offices, and our cars. But what about animals, who live without cooling systems in their forests, their beaches, or their snow dens? We share the same world with the same global problems, yet we are able to hide from our problems while the vulnerable species cannot.
Now, regardless of whether or not we are the causative agents – we certainly aren’t helping the matter either. Mankind’s approach towards global warming is depicted simply: while we might not be making things worse, we’re not making them better. It seems as though nations are relying upon their leaders to make a difference through policy changes. But while they take their sweet time arguing it out, in the meantime, we can make a difference. By educating ourselves on the topic and improving our daily habits, our accumulated efforts would be substantial.
We have to stop believing that it is not a real problem just because we haven’t seen the real consequences…yet. Continuing to push the Earth’s limit would be a risky move we cannot afford to make. So how about we all spend an hour outside in the smouldering heat to truly appreciate the monster of a climate we have [quite probably] created.