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I am so tired of hearing about climate change from people who claim they are spouting facts but in reality don’t have a freaking clue what they are talking about. That includes Mr. Gore whom I blame for raising the subject to one of mass hysteria.

Don’t get me wrong–I believe that mankind is abusing our lovely planet and I’m against it. We need to reign in CO2 emissions to dial back unhealthy smog and the acidity of our lakes and oceans and rainfall. But to blame man for climate change is ludicrous. Climate change is a great big, massive thing that is affected by other great big, massive things like sunspots. Or the lack of.

Here is an excerpt from a recent article written by Viv Forbes, a geologist, for American Thinker. (Viv has written many well-researched and well-thought out articles worth checking out).  “There have been eight warm eras separated by long glacial winters over the last 800,000 years of the Pleistocene. In every beat of this cycle, the vast ice sheets melt, sea levels rise dramatically, coral reefs and coastal settlements are drowned, and forests and animals re-colonise the higher land released from the ice. Warm climate animals such as hippos, water buffaloes and elephants got as far north as Germany in the last warm era.”

I have yet to come across a study backed by science that proves mankind is responsible for global warming. Here is an excellent and short (ten minute) video by John Robson and physicist William van Wijngaarden, the overall theme of which is that the physics of global warming are vastly complex and, for the most part, not understood and next to impossible to model.

From where I sit global cooling is more of an issue at the moment and that is largely due to sunspot activity and the Polar Vortex. Or to be more precise, lack of sunspot activity and an erratic Polar Vortex. Here is an excerpt from another article from American Thinker: “Martin Mlynczak of NASA’s Langley Research Center reported in September: “High above Earth’s surface, near the edge of space, our atmosphere is losing heat energy. If current trends continue, it could soon set a Space Age record for cold.” You can read the full article here. It’s worth your time.

Let’s not forget the Ring of Fire’s 452 volcanoes that have entered their 100 year active phase. Or how about the earth’s magnetic field which is weakening at an alarming rate? We live on a planet that is constantly moving and changing. In a word, Earth is unstable. Always has been. And it will be until it dies and becomes a cold, hard rock.

There’s not a damn thing we puny humans can do about that. What we can do is live smarter and more simply. We can avoid building homes in flood plains. We can limit our consumerism and help conserve the earth’s resources. Does a family of six honestly need a twelve bedroom/ twelve bath house? We can cut back on our power consumption (and no, batteries are not ecologically friendly). We can avoid using pesticides and herbicides that poison the earth. How much stuff do you need? Do you need to eat meat every day? Do you need a tv in every room? I could go on and on.

There are so many changes we can make to the way we live, big and small, that will have a cumulative effect on our beautiful planet. Yes, we should cut CO2 emissions, but not because of climate change. We should cut them because we are poisoning ourselves and our planet. Think about how you live instead of yelling at me about something I can do nothing about. I’m doing my best to live mindfully as much as possible. What are you doing?