Thursday, April 27, 2017

Earth Day Week: Some Obscure History Regarding Climate Change & Environmentalism

Earth from Space with Stars

Photo courtesy of DonkeyHotey Flickr Page:

The old button from the Environmental Club days which I just happened to find on Earth Day! It is a little beat up (particularly the ends of the ribbon), but no worse for the wear, I think. And it is one of the few items that I have left from those days, so it carries a lot of great memories for me! Nothing Changes Until You Do!

Here is a picture of a very similar logo, with the same message, that was on the t-shirt that I purchased from the BCC Environmental Club and, if memory serves me correctly, may even have helped to make. There were a few projects like that which club members, myself included, were regularly involved with. It has been so long, however, that I no longer recall specifically if I actually helped to make these or not, although I do believe so, since I remember seeing the process of the t-shirts being dyed. In any case, I loved this t-shirt, and have kept it ever since, even if I do not regularly wear it. Since it was part of my experience with the BCC Environmental Club days, as well as more generally having an environmental theme, it seemed appropriate to share it here. 

"Earth provides enough to satisfy every man's needs, but not every man's greed."

~Mahatma Gandhi

"Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future."
~John F. Kennedy  

Yes, it is Earth Day, and I already wrote an article on the history of Earth Day on the Guardian Liberty Voice.

If you have not yet seen it, please take a look at my article, which was published in April of 2015, about the history of Earth Day, which you can find on the Guardian Liberty Voice. Please click on the link below:

Earth Day Has a Fascinating History by Charles Bordeau on April 18, 2015:

However, environmentalism did not begin with Senator Nelson, although I think that his Earth Day creation was something that this global society of ours needed desperately, and has been largely a positive step towards restoring some kind of a balance.

In truth, the history of environmentalism, if we define it as a conscious effort to have a sustainable relationship with Mother Earth, far predates our modern Earth Day and the numerous environmentalist movements, or Senator Nelson, or James Hansen recognizing the trend of global warming, or Rachel Carson, or even Henry David Thoreau, however good and noble the works and words of these people might be.

It goes back to Native Americans, who tried to warn our modern society of the dangers of not taking our responsibilities towards Earth seriously. We did not listen to them, and now we are paying the price for our arrogance and foolish presumptions of the time.

Yet, it is interesting to note, also, that some apparently even forecast global warming itself. There is one man, with one speech in particular, who suggested as much, and this was something that I was not aware of until just recently.

This was a fascinating thing, although a bit depressing on some levels, and not least of all because of the use of such terms as "savages" in the speech.

Still, to have apparently forecast global warming well over a century before it became an accepted scientific theory?

Pretty fascinating stuff!

Take a look, and click on the link below for more information on it:

"Man cannot at his pleasure command the rain and the sunshine, the wind and frost and snow, yet it is certain that climate itself has in many instances been gradually changed and ameliorated or deteriorated by human action. The draining of swamps and the clearing of forests perceptibly effect the evaporation from the earth, and of course the mean quantity of moisture suspended in the air. The same causes modify the electrical condition of the atmosphere and the power of the surface to reflect, absorb and radiate the rays of the sun, and consequently influence the distribution of light and heat, and the force and direction of the winds. Within narrow limits too, domestic fires and artificial structures create and diffuse increased warmth, to an extent that may effect vegetation. The mean temperature of London is a degree or two higher than that of the surrounding country, and Pallas believed, that the climate of even so thinly a peopled country as Russia was sensibly modified by similar causes."
~George Perkins Marsh, 1847

The 1847 lecture that predicted human-induced climate change  by Leo Hickman  Monday 20 June 2011

A 50th anniversary few remember: LBJ's warning on carbon dioxide By Marianne Lavelle The Daily Climate, February 2, 2015:

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