RENewsletter | September 16, 2012


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Opening Salvo:  “Atheists most concerned about Climate Change?”


If you think about such things at all, I would speculate that the group most concerned about the specter of Climate Change is atheists.  After all, if you don’t believe in a supreme being or an afterlife, reality is all you get.  *No exit. 


I’m not really trying to pit one group against another vying for the most concerned about Climate Change award.  I am simply puzzled at how much of our minds are occupied by things that don’t exist, when something so heavily upon us like Climate Change gets very little attention.   It’s a strange way to exist.


It’s strange because Atheists are those who believe that this world is as good as it gets.  Heaven is on Earth, you reap what you sow, no supernatural intervention, no redemption, and certainly no indulgences.   If you warm the planet by burning fossil fuels, you get hot.  And so do your children, especially your children.  If there is any salvation, it would be the recognition that we are all in this together, and we would all benefit greatly if we pulled together and got ourselves out of this mess we created.  We will all reap the consequences—some of which is going on now—if we continue business as usual, and we will all benefit from addressing it by putting our way of life on a sustainable path.


All this talk about Atheists and Climate Change probably annoys some zealots who believe that Climate Change itself is an atheists’ plot (though I fail to see how we would benefit from it as it’s going to get hot whether there’s a hell or not).  And I don’t understand why any would fear a group of dedicated loners who are notoriously bad at congregating anywhere about anything.   We Atheists benefit greatly by the power of believers to assemble and tackle problems in great numbers.  


Alas, there is no poll on whether Atheists are more concerned about Climate Change (and I wouldn’t believe those polls anyways) but it just seems reasonable for those who don’t believe that magic plays a role in our future (or our past for that matter) would want the best possible world for the longest time.  Atheists, like everyone else, must bow to the power of Nature that has produced our quarrelsome species.  


In the four billion years of life on this planet (three billon of which consisted of nothing larger than a single cell), it is a profound mystery as to why we would believe that introducing billions of tons of CO2 wouldn’t rapidly warm the planet, far faster than it has ever warmed before.  Does our salvation depend on avoiding the biological constraints that have always framed our existence?  


In truth, the only salivation for any of us is the future.   It is where we are all going, despite what we believe.  If we throw all our waste and heat into the future, to have a fossil-fuel-burning existence today, then a hot future is what we (and all other life forms on this planet) will have.


*I’ve been pondering this complete-and-utter annihilation-upon-death problem that arises with Atheism and there just may be a way out.  It goes like this:  If quantum physics works on the macro level, as it does on the quantum level, then because all positions of a particle are possible, we would be able to travel back in time, in infinite parallel worlds, and survive forever.  If.  (Click on my email for feedback)





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The great conundrum of our times is that in a time of rapidly occurring Climate Change and a rapid disintegration of the environment that we need to thrive and survive, mainstream media still marginalizes environmental concerns. [Check often for this continually updated list on the possible consequences of Climate Change in our region--supported by facts.] If there isn’t a quick and substantial change in how environmental concerns are reported, edited, and chosen in mainstream media, the public will continue to believe that environmental concerns are merely special interest matters, issues they can avoid if they choose.  How can we inform the public and monitor our environment without abridging our Freedoms--in enough time to safe ourselves?


Anything else you're interested in is not going to happen if you can't breathe the air and drink the water. Don't sit this one out. Do something. You are by accident of fate alive at an absolutely critical moment in the history of our planet. -- Carl Sagan




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Events Rochester Environmental Events Calendar – [The most complete listing of all environmental events around the Rochester, New York area.]  If you don’t see your event, or know of a local environmental event, please send me the info: with (EV event) in the subject line. Also, be sure to check other calendars and environmental series for multi-day events.


September 2012




Action Take Action - Often, I receive request to pass on alerts, petitions, Public Comments on local developments, and environmental items needing action by the Rochester Community and around the world. I’ll keep Actions posted until their due date. 





Award Environmental Site of the Month Award – [On the last Sunday of each month, we present an environmental award for the Rochester-area environmental web site or blog that best promotes the need to protect and offers solutions for our area's environmental issues.]