"The era of procrastination, of half-measures, of soothing and baffling expedients, of delays, is coming to a close. In its place, we are entering a period of consequences."
After watching the documentary An Inconvenient Truth, I was alarmed by how real global warming is and the urgent need for action. Add to this the implication on our local environment and our economy that is dependent on producing fossil fuel, oil, which is one of the main contributors to global warming.
Scientists now agree that global warming is real and if we don’t act now the consequences will be devastating. So what will happen to our local environment in Kuwait and how will we cope if the world reduces its reliance on oil? What can we do within our means to act against global warming? Even though the issue is dead serious, I will offer some foolish answers:
1. The government is already ahead by fixing the official temperature not to exceed 50 c; this way we will not be affected by global warming.
2. As sea level increases, our islands will sink. This is a relief to the private sector which is developing those islands as it will be taken away by Mother Nature and not the government.
3. As countries turn food into fuel to reduce dependency on fossil fuels, and because we have sufficient fossil fuels that no one wants, we do the reverse and turn it into food. So when you order Shawarma for example you will have the following options: regular, premium or ultra.
4. I can’t think of #4 blame it on global warming!
5. Finally after experiencing summers in Kuwait we can only say one thing about global warming: bring it on!