Kevin H. Cahill Author interview on Global TV
Wednesday, March 07, 2007 5:04:00 PM
by Kevin H Cahill
|Alberta Author does interview on Global Edmonton Morning News on March 2nd 2007 and discusses his book, That Gloden Prairie Whale. A tall tale on Global warming
A talk on Climate Change.
That Golden Prairie Whale…
©By Kevin H. Cahill
1) An old man who doesn’t have much time left is trying to instil a bit of green responsibility to his Grandkids.
2) He has come up with a few very strange ideas over his many years on how things have transpired. He attributes our world oil to the existence of that Golden Prairie Whales and the over abundance of the cheese they produce after having their young.
3) Other than that he is much like all of us are in one way or another. His irony is being a cattle producer (a major cause of the green house gas, Methane) and a consumer of oil himself. The clearing of land for agriculture to feed his animals has been one thing he has steadily maintained reducing the benefit of trees to filter out carbon dioxide and produce Oxygen.
4) His message in the book is for all to take responsibility for to how we do things and the modifying needed to enact change now. He knows no one can stop living the way they are but all should begin to apply pressure to ourselves and our leaders so all can put in place clean air and better way for future generations.
5) He speaks of the power of oil in our world and touches on those who control it.
He speaks of wars fought in the name of other things but in his simple way knows it is all economics and power over liquid gold. He knows this makes our world what it is now, controlled by a handful of people throughout the world. Those who controls it drive this industrial economy based on oil. They don’t have to own it, they just have to ensure a steady supply of it, at whatever cost. Those who need it to further they own end will pay whatever the price is. Without our dependence on fossil fuels our society could not function. But with it eventually the society we have built can not continue and for future generation time is to late. The damage is already done but can be lessoned if acted upon now.
6) When he was born in 1906 there were only 8,000 cars and only 144 miles of paved roads. Gas could not be found at any city street corner, it was something that was purchased along with other supplies at only the most progressive black smith shop. A horse was still the main mode of transportation for most. In his day one did what they had to in order to make the next day a better one. The average life expectancy was 47 years.
· The population of Las Vegas, Nevada, was 30 People.
· Only 14 percent of the homes had a bathtub.
· Only 8 percent of the homes had a telephone.
7) The world population then was just a little over one and a half million souls on earth.
When writing this on February 12th at 8:39AM, it sat at 6,582,071,675 and keeps clicking ever upwards.
8) Future projection of 2120 arrives at 48 billion people living on this planet, a rise of almost 8 times what it is today. Each and everyone of them trying to improve their own situation by whatever means they find necessary. How will those in the future ensure their survival with such a population of unmanageable numbers and dwindling resources
9) If they are cold they will burn whatever they can find in order to stave off the bitterness in their bones.
If hungry they will find a way to feed themselves by whatever means they can find.
If the clearing of land will mean the elimination of our temporal rain forests for more space to provide farm land to grow food and house those who are to come, then clearing will happen. If thirsty with no water to drink, no food can grow and they will die or they will fight those who have it.
10) If oil is still going to be sought after and burned as it is today then we will orchestrate a tide not known ever by man.
11) A way to sustain humanity must be sought and enacted upon now while there is still time to lessen the effects of this global catastrophe. It must be initiated by us so we can direct those in power to change the fate of our children’s children. It must happen now for tomorrow the damage will be that much greater and take that much longer to turn around.
12) Can we mortgage our future generations to a fate we now know will befall them. I hope not. The oceans of the world have acted as filters to absorb the natural occurrence of CO2. The message in the book is about Climate change, the environment and what we as a race have done to our home planet Earth told in the form of an epic poem but does not cover every aspect of the problem. It touches lightly over many areas was my hope that with this little book enough people would think long and hard about what we all can do now to slow it down and eventually turn it around. It all starts with a few who look for and find better ways to live. Others will follow by example. Just know that for every day we continue this way adds that much more of a strain on good old mother earth and her ability to put things back they way they were.
13) Our dependence on fossil fuel and human expansion over the last 100 years has placed us, along with many other species in jeopardy if not bordering on extinction.
A well-known theory is, the most successful species ever to live on this earth, the dinosaurs all died out because their Climate changed. They hung around for quite a few million years with a great deal of success before they met their demise. We have been around for 35 to 40,000 years. With perhaps a few million years evolution to arrive at the point we are at now. These creatures had already been well established for Millions of years. Evolution had made their changes a few 100 million years before that. Let’s not forget science tells us this earth is about 4. 5 Billion years old.
The demise of the Dinosaurs was by all accounts the result of a cataclysmic event setting up a change that left them as records in stone. We now pump the remnants of their lives into our cars and factories allowing us to grow and prosper, or so we thought.
14) It is now well known that if us as a species where to put into action now, at this very moment new and clean ways to maintain our present existence it would take over 200 years for our sky and oceans to begin to return to the state they were 100 years ago, reversing the effects of climate change.
This is not a dooms day profits threat anymore.
15) It has been well documented by the worlds leading scientists in the latest Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change held in Paris in February 2007. This document can be found at http://www.ipcc.ch/. Just follow the links to get the full report.
This document calls on the nations of the world in Industrialized countries to begin now, doing things that can stop and begin to reverse the effects our future generations will know and blame us for. This document states that the global atmospheric concentration of carbon dioxide has increased from pre-industrial values of about 280 ppm to 379 ppm in 2005, an increase not seen in 650,000 years. It is forecast that when the ice melts in Greenland and the polar ice fields the water will have risen some 7 meters globally. This is a rise of over 21 feet from where it is now. The lower mainland and costal Vancouver Island would be the first to go along with all coastal properties of the Maritimes not to mention other areas of the world like Florida and many European and Asian coastal countries. Take the island where I am from. All waters will rise upwards 21 feet. All those towns and villages are built by the ocean and all would be lost or rendered unliveable.
16) The ice is melting and will for a few more hundred years,
What will happen to places like Vancouver, New York, Hong Kong? Etc.
Most of the world’s populations are around the sea. And then what about the Hurricanes that will effect any of them that might not be displaced or drown. When drought comes and searing heat and deserts become much more common than today, what then? How will we feed, cloth and shelter anyone? Disease will become much more a way of dieing than it is now.
This document is available for all to read online. Just goggle it and a PDF file will download to your computer. If you have no computer then a copy can be found at the library I am sure. Every one must try and understand what it is saying. We cannot bury our heads in the sand anymore unless you don’t care about your great grand kids.
17) Do we put into action a call for all of those living in coastal communities to begin construction of the unsinkable Noah’s ark again, forever tossed around like a cork on a choppy sea looking for that new olive branch. Who can afford to take them in? History might just tell of a newer flood, complete with pestilence, famine, and war fought between those who have and those who have not. Our leaders know this is coming. Don’t let the snow laying on the ground now fool you for a moment. It is not coming it is here. The proof is all around us like the evidence now taken as fact.
That Gloden Prairie Whale