Climate Change- John Stivers

Video Transcript:

Climate changes are actually a politically correct euphemism, if you will, for global warming.  It’s the effects that we have caused as humans to our atmosphere, through the release of CO2 and methane, that will increase, and has increased, the temperature of the small band of area directly above our heads.

Now, it’s something that we can address, as they say, globally by acting locally.  The CO2 level and parts per million today is 375 or so.  Now that level is the same parts per million that we measure when we’re inside a classroom or an auditorium to see if we’re comfortable, if we’re staying awake.  And the heating and air conditioning systems have gauges that do that quite regularly.  And if you get up to about 800, everybody starts dozing off.

Now for our planet, that same measurement that’s being done on those air handlers on the roof of your building, should be measuring for the earth, not 375 or so that we currently have, but we need to get it back down to 350 parts per million.  And the consequences of global warming are something that starts locally, with what we’re driving, what we’re burning and so forth.  And within a very short period of time, when you think about the world as a whole, it average out.  And so our impacts here affect everybody around the world.  So it’s a geopolitical thing.  And the evidence is right there for all of us to see.  We’re getting 100 year rainstorms almost every summer today, and that’s an example of why it is a climate change.  But it’s really global warming that we need to address.