This post was written long before The Donald elected to withdraw from the Paris Climate Accord. (That accord is officially entitled the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. I italicized ‘framework’ to ensure y’all recognize this is but a suggestion to preserve the world in which we live- not a series of regulations governing our lives.) Everything in the post below still applies. Except now, the warnings are probably more dire.
Earth Day. April 22. I remember the first one, way back in 1970, when I was working for an environmental regulatory authority (my one stint working for the government). Now the celebration is held around the world (some 193 countries and growing).
Welcome to 5777. That’s the year, according to Jewish Tradition. We’ve just finished Sukot, one of the 3 Festivals delineated in the Tora (the others are Pesach [Passover] and Shvuot [Pentecost]), a time of joy and celebration. The past two holidays of this month were called Yamim Noraim, Days of Awe (Rosh Hashana and Yom Kipur)- in other words, they were holy days and not holidays.
I have always loved temperatures that breached the lower end of what most would consider comfortable. It’s one of the reasons why living in Cambridge (MA) and Ann Arbor (MI) was a pleasure for me. And, maybe this would be a great time to remind you (in case you forgot) that I don’t own a winter coat. Oh, wait. I don’t own any coats. I simply don’t wear any. Because it’s really never been too cold to need such an outfit.
Global Warming. Wait- don’t run away. This is a whole new take on the problem.
No, I am not going to say (as many an idiotic politician declares) that it is a hoax. Yes, the rise in sea level is real. Ask anyone who lives in Norfolk or the Eastern Shore of Virginia. Ocean front property is often one’s front door nowadays.
I am sure, by now, you recognize that my research and business interests cross a variety of disciplines. So, my casual reading in any given day can include the following journals: Microbe, Journal of Bacteriology, Water Reuse, Nephrology News, JASN, JAMA, Harvard Business Review, Strategy+… you get the idea.
I have written way more than a few times that our next battles are not going to be about gold, rare metals, or even oil. The next battles are going to be about water. Because the world is running out of pure, drinkable water. And, in some parts of the world, water is already a non-existent commodity.