A couple of weeks back two commentaries regarding columnist Eric Thuma's piece on global warming appeared in the Tri-City Times.
The first writer felt global warming is cyclical and we can't change it. There are two schools of thought on the subject—one that it is, indeed, cyclical, and the other scenario is caused by man.
There is convincing evidence for either scenario. We can gamble on it being cyclical and sit back and see what happens, but we are gambling the quality of life for future generations. On the other hand, if we don't gamble and clean up our atmosphere and it is cyclical we will all be healthier for our efforts.
We had better start soon, or we will be putting the same label on a can of tuna fish that we put on a package of cigarettes, "consuming this product may be hazardous to your health." With the population doubling in the next 30 to 40 years losing a food source such as fish is not an option.
The second commentary stated that there is no need to worry about global warming because God would take care of it. I always felt God gave us this beautiful planet but expected us to be stewards for it. If you were fortunate enough to be born with a healthy body but you destroyed it with drugs and alcohol would you expect God to come along and give you a new body?
I read somewhere "God helps those who help themselves." Some 20 years ago a hole was discovered opening in the ozone layer over the southern hemisphere. Fugitive refrigerants escaping into the atmosphere were breaking down the ozone blanket. To reverse the depletion of the ozone layer, scientists developed new refrigerants that are not harmful and engineers designed new compressors to meet the requirements of the new refrigerants. I won't say it wasn't costly but the ozone is recovering. I always thought this accomplishment demonstrated that we can keep this a beautiful and healthy planet—all we have to do is use the brains God gave us.