I think the phrase “Climate Change” has to be one of the great linguistic coups of all time! This is because climate is change, making this term one of the most adaptable, all-purpose expressions imaginable. Much more preferable than the “artist formerly known as ‘Global Warming’“, “Climate Change” can be affixed on a daily basis to any prevailing conditions one encounters or chooses to use to stake out a position or make a political point.
Freezing in Florida? Climate change. Boiling in Alice Springs? Climate change. Greenland used to be green. The Romans once planted vineyards in England. The Earth was once a snowball, and later a fireball. Climate is change.
At this writing, baseball games in Denver and Minnesota have been snowed out. In terms of the white stuff, with measurements going back 100 years, places like Rapid City, Duluth and Boulder have experienced the worst April, ever. In the same month, according to the National Climactic Data Center, more than 1,100 new snowfall records and 3,400 cold records were set. Even now, with May arriving inside of 12 hours, Winter storm names have cycled through the alphabet, returning to ‘A’ with “Achilles” now set to drop 4-10″ across parts of Colorado, Wyoming, Nebraska and Iowa.
Time was, people used to quip, “Everybody complains about the weather, but nobody ever does anything about it.” This former joke has turned into policy, under the grand assumption that “climate change” is due to human endeavor which must be curbed, and if not curbed, then taxed.
Some of us will remember George Carlin playing a weatherman, saying, “Tonight, mostly dark, with increasing light by morning…” It was hysterically funny back in the day. But, don’t laugh. People are taking this approach very seriously.
Now, as recently pointed out on the broadly acclaimed Discovery broadcast documentary, “Earth from Space,” the sun is responsible for more than 99% of the Earth’s energy. It just is. It is, regardless of who’s in office, what car you drive, or whether or not Tom Bodett leaves the light on. It’s also an indisputable fact that, lately, the sun has veered from its normal 11-year ebb and flow cycle, taking on a lingering dormancy in output, much to the dismay of earthlings who own solar telescopes and want to see lots of spots and flares.
Do I think this may have something to do with Russia just enduring the worst snowfalls and coldest Winter temperatures measured over the last 80 to 100 years? Yeah. Gut feeling, I kinda do.
Truth is, as a Christian, I like the sun, and the beauty of the Earth, because I believe the former is a phenomenal engine and the latter is a living, emerging, evolving artwork far beyond the most eloquent capacity of the deepest philosopher or poet. The Earth is to be cherished and utilized, but not cheaply used, either by a mindless profiteer or a cynical politician.
Our footprint, as best as we can make it, should be delicate, but it is still necessary, and good. How do I know? Because we are here. And no matter how anyone says we got here, here is where we started, and here is where we are right now. Nonbelievers may dispute whether or not we are part of the creative plan of God, but no one can deny we are integral to the wonderful story of Earth.
Implicit in some theories related to climate, and even expressed concerns about asteroid impacts, is that deep down, we are fundamentally in control. Prior generations wouldn’t have possessed the hubris embedded in such a belief. As for me, I see this proposition as symptomatic of materialistic fear, and a profound lack of faith.
In contrast, the Good News of Jesus Christ declares that the God who brought us to this point knows exactly where we are headed. Experience dictates that spiritually and physically, change is life and the weather will always be “good” and “bad”.
Yet, God’s love will never vary. For nothing that transpires on this Earth will ever be able to keep us from the eternal fellowship and affection we will have with Him in Heaven.