Friday, July 24, 2009

Climate

I think I can speak collectively for the Earth's population - even get an "Oh Hell Yeah" from a few, but secretly coveting a "Right On Brother!" - when I say no one wants to burn to death.

And where global warming is concerned, that's a very stark, not-too-distant possibility. This story from BBC hit my Google Reader this morning and I sat up and took note, not because I love doom and gloom (I don't) but because a.) it's another example of the use of satellite imagery to determine climate patterns and change - and I find this particularly groovy because one of my company's businesses, Lanworth, also uses satellite imagery to make agricultural commodities forecasts, and I am ridiculously fascinated by their practice and love working with them to help communicate their messages - and b.) I cannot help but remember 2 Peter 3:12, which says "Looking for and hastening to the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat ..."

What I have learned from my work with Lanworth is that climate change has a serious impact on commodities growth, and how the commodities exchange cycles through and effects the consumer - not so much at a price point level, but at an availability-of-resources level. Depending solely on external resources for food (i.e. packaged goods, grocery store, restaurants) isn't really the best solution when economic downturn and ongoing challenged growing conditions are considered. Get yourself a few seeds and some freezer bags, stop driving so much and lower your carbon footprint, and do right by those around you - life is short and time isn't a given. We all have choices to make. Make the right one!

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