Climate change threatens planet, expert says
By LeiLani Hector - Staff Reporter
Tropical diseases are on the move because of climate change and winters are not getting cold enough to kill the diseases/vi- ruses, a consultant said at the MaST recently.
G a r y ( Wo l f ) L i c h t e n s t e i n , Principal of Lightstone Consulting LLC, gave an abbreviated briefing of Al Gore's climate reality talk at the MaST Center Aquarium on Saturday, Oct. 6
Lichtenstein formed Light- stone Consulting LLC as a consulting practice that blends expertise in greenhouse gases, accounting and environmental management. He also formed the Evergreen Carbon company promoting the positive aspects of carbon offset projects.
"By far, the burning of fos- sil fuels is what's feeding into climate change," Lichtenstein said.
These fossil fuels, such as coal mining as well as landfills, forest fires, etc., are increasing the CO2 levels and causing more radiated molecules.
These keep the heat back on Earth, ruining our atmosphere. The atmosphere protect- ing the Earth is approximately 20 miles long, and people are destroying that by dumping around 110 million tons of man-made pollution into the sky. "More extreme weather that happens is because of climate change," he said.
"Sixteen out of the 17 hottest years has occurred since 2001, and 2016 was the hottest year recorded," Lichtenstein said.
If people do not make a change to how they are living, "we now risk losing up to 50 percent of all land-based species in this country and there are species we haven't even discov- ered yet," Lichtenstein said.
Lichtenstein provided ideas on what people can do to make
a change and make the world a better place for the future.
People could start:
• Increasing the amount of wind turbines. They could sup- ply worldwide electricity con- sumption more than 40 times over he said. It can also create jobs for people.
• Installing more solar panels to create more solar energy that reaches the Earth every hour. This can provide enough ener- gy to keep the Earth lit for an entire year, he said.
• Voting in elections by searching up initiatives that aim to make the world a better place.
A great initiative to look-up more information on would be the I-1631. I-1631 is an initiative to increase/create fees for using fossil fuels.
"If the price of carbon is high enough, they don't want to spend that money," Lichtenstein said.
This initiative is all about giving back. It will give:
• 70 percent to new clean en- ergy infrastructure
• 25 percent to clean water and healthy forests
• 5 percent to investments in local communities
Making the change is up to the individual, but change doesn't have to be some grand thing, Lichtenstein said. Peo- ple can start with changing what cars they drive, changing the type of food you eat, or even just using less power, he said.