The "good news" in this blog is the fact that I am providing you with a simple graph that could be presented in Congress by the average 8th grader.
Considering how the kids in Parkland, Florida, are changing the national dialog on gun control, maybe we can inspire their generation to challenge Congress about another sticky issue:
Climate Change. Check out the simple graphs below.
Date and Level of Maximum Sea Ice Extent
This graph may be a tad blurry on your iPhone so I have provided a link to the
that I found online yesterday.
The dark line in the bottom left corner shows the scary data for 2018 through late February. In the article,
Rick Thoman, climate science and services manager for the Alaska Region's National Weather Service makes this statement:
"Total ice extent right now would be more typical of late April than the middle of February."
"Big Picture" Graph. The above graph is no fluke. The global sea ice graph below tells the same story. It also suggests that we may have hit a climate change tipping point about two years ago.
This global look (since 1978) includes data from both the North and South Poles. It's a year-round problem that suggests that runaway climate change is imminent. Yet many of our most senior elected officials choose to ignore the data, saying it's all a big hoax.
The Bottom Line.
We must learn to treat the health and security of our planet with the same kind of feelings and emotions we have for our children. Both are precious and irreplaceable.
See my earlier blog featuring the work of Arctic scientist, Dr. Peter Wadhams. It contains other simple graphs that make it easy for people of all ages to grasp the "big picture."
My most recent public presentation was at the SW Florida VegFest on January 28, 2018 (Click below for slides)