Old Joe. Joe practices. Recently I read an article online about Joe speaking at a military installation. His topic was climate change and its importance to the military. The president explained that when speaking with the military, one of their biggest concerns is climate change. It’s not the first time I’ve heard that either. A few years ago I read an excellent book by Herrick written by a mad military man who said this: Climate change can and will be a massive disruptor to the global balance of power we live in now.
So why is climate change a potential disruptor of global power relations? In the United States alone, many of our naval facilities are naturally very close to the water. You don’t need a professional to figure it out. With the rise in sea level, these same bases are threatened with disappearing in the ocean. In fact, according to the book, there are times when the bases get inundated. These bases do not only serve ships. Many of them have also become major air hubs.
When these bases are flooded, planes can be moved. The boats? Well, not that easy, I’m afraid. With our open society and our free press, our adversaries are certainly already aware of this fact. We could move the bases, you say. Yes we could, but most of us don’t like tax increases too much and these plates are very expensive.
Many people around the world depend on the seas for their existence. Many therefore live very close to the shore or even on islands. As the sea rises, their cities become uninhabitable. The islands are shrinking too. These people have to go somewhere. Yet in the United States we do not want more immigrants. Trump’s election proved it. And Vice President Harris said, “Don’t come. Where will they go? And no, the walls will NOT prevent them from entering. Displaced people are seldom happy people. Thus, more unhappy young men with free time for harmful activities.
Even in our own country, climate change will, and does, bring about significant demographic changes. Las Vegas, Phoenix, Los Angeles. Beautiful places with something in common. There is not a lot of water available. They are also huge population centers. One of the signs I see on my dog’s walks is that ‘water is life’. So true.
As I type, I have National Geographic magazine from December 2020 on my right elbow. The subject? Save the Great Lakes. As more and more people realize that without water their existence in desert areas is untenable, what will they do? Now, go where the water is. And that, dear Michigan residents, is Michigan and the other states and provinces that share our wonderful Great Lakes. So it affects all of us. The Keystone pipeline may be burnt out, but will those in the dry west want a pipeline to get our water to them? Has been talking.
Climate change is real. We can fight it. Oil ditch. Or at least dramatically reduce your dependence on it. We have. Solar power, electric cars, etc., and we are not independently wealthy or high-tech. There are also economic incentives to do so. Our time on this fantastic Earth is limited, but many of us have children who might very well want to have children of their own, etc. And even think globally, for those in Africa, Asia, wherever it is that will inherit this sphere given by God. Do it!
– Jeff Raywood resides in Holland.