All causes, right or wrong, have slogans or rallying cries that inspires, strike emotions and drives events. While invoking patriotic sentiment, these powerful symbols serve to unify diverse groups into a collective whole. Whether it’s the tune “Over There” during WWI, the Peace Symbol of the 60’s, or the sight of a yellow ribbon as remembrance of men and women who served in places far from home; these images help rally support for a cause.
Today’s talk about climate change is mixed with words such as green, sustainability and conservation. In some respects, these words have become trite and meaningless. From an inspirational standpoint, “Green” fails to strike an emotional chord and lacks the universal language as a call to action. It seems the march towards “Greenness” has actually diverted our attention from what really matters.
The underlying goal is not about measuring, controlling or reducing carbon footprints and harmful emissions; rather it is about Us, Mother Earth and Our Children. Our effort must be focused towards ensuring a healthy planet that can sustain humanity.
Hence the derivation of U=mc2, or if you like just call it “WHY.”
m = mother earth
c2 = children’s children’s.
Certainly, our existence is based on one thing and one thing only and that is it our planet. If something is potentially dangerous, then due care, caution and attention to detail prevail. Then WHY would we be negligent on something as substantive as our earth and gamble on future generations. In the scheme of things, it is somewhat immaterial whether global warming is due to anthropogenic or natural forces and processes? Why even argue if fossil fuel CO2 emissions are a major contributor to global warming. Why debate if the destruction of forests and the loss of non-renewable resources cause insidious changes in the atmosphere or land surface.
But what we do know is that the survival of the human race and all life is reliant on economically productive soil, clean and available water and a healthy environment. Without exception, use and misuse of energy, food and water will impact future generations. Does it no seem foolish for us to harm mother earth and potentially subject our children to an uncertain future? All such very risky business when we have the resources, wisdom and capability to do the right thing. We just need the willingness and wisdom to do so.
For Us, Mother Earth and our Children’s Children’s, let’s stop gambling.
Hopefully, this scientifically unscientific equation, extrapolated from Einstein and embedded with Friedmanism, will remind us to be green, sustain and conserve. Why you ask, because of Us, Mother Earth and our Children’s Children’s: