Common Ground

People Disagree

For what ever reason there are still people that deny there is any truth to global warming and climate change or that industrial society is responsible.

When business leaders, diplomats and ambassadors of nations find themselves in a position where they can not reach a consensus on policy or ideas with their counterparts they enter into negotiations.

The first step or phase of negotiation is to accent something positive and find some common ground that both parties share.

Maybe our little sister Luna can help.

Every person on planet Earth shares the same moon. It is our common ground. It is familiar to all people everywhere all back through antiquity for its mystery and beauty in the night sky.

It is also known and agreed that it is a desolate harsh environment of mountains and valleys of stone and dust devoid of life. There is no water to drink or bathe, no air to breathe, no plants to eat, no animals or life of any kind. It is not the kind place that anyone (that I know) would want to live.

Since I was born countless species of plants and animals have become extinct, water for drinking and bathing has become too polluted and is now becoming scarce, there are constant warnings that children and the elderly should stay indoors and limit the air they breath in many cities. These things are well known and there is no disagreement.

Now lets begin a serious conversation about climate change……..

What sort of planet would you like your grandchildren to live on? Perhaps like the moon?

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4 Responses to Common Ground

  1. pendantry says:

    What sort of planet would you like your grandchildren to live on?
    I have no grandchildren. I have no children. I often wonder why I’m even interested in the concept of humanity surviving… why shouldn’t I just carpe diem and sod the future, in the same way that, so it often seems, everyone else does — even those who do have loinfruit and thus should, in theory, be taking a longer-term view, for the sake of their sprogs. Presumably the urge to protect ‘my own’ is still just as strong as it is for anyone else, but in my case that urge has no narrow — shortsighted — focus… sorry, got sidetracked 🙂

    I need to rephrase your question. I’ll try “what sort of planet would I like to live on if I were alive in a hundred years’ time?” The answer to that would, I think, be “the Earth of approximately three hundred years ago” — ie, before man’kind’ (hah!) got its grubby little mitts on the planet, and began the task of destroying paradise.

    PS Typo alert:
    “through antiquity for it’sits mystery and beauty” *
    “no air to breathbreathe,”
    “phase of negotiation”, “on planet Earth shares” — hmm… you seem to have a multiple-space issue (I’m sure I’ve not caught them all).

    * “It’s is not, it isn’t ain’t, and it’s it’s, not its, if you mean it is. If you don’t, it’s its. Then too, it’s hers. It isn’t her’s. It isn’t our’s either. It’s ours, and likewise yours and theirs.” — Oxford University Press.

  2. Helen Cherry says:

    Unfortunately short term gain always wins over long term planning 😦

  3. Jack says:

    Like that photo I want my grandchildren to live in beauty. Like that moon I want my grandchildren to live on a reliably healthy solar system vehicle.

  4. Thank you for thoughtful brain fodder.

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