By Michael Bordick
NEW KENSINGTON, Pa. – The reason the weather has been getting progressively worse over the years could be ourselves says a Climate Educator in a presentation at Penn State New Kensington on Nov. 16.
Rajesh Vadlamudi, a sophomore business student of Penn State New Kensington, with the help of Dr. “A” Mandhachitara, a professor of business also from Penn State New Kensington, invited George Hoguet, a climate educator, to talk about the “climate crisis” that has been affecting our planet for years.
Hoguet stood in front of a classroom full of biology and marketing students ready to delve into the conjecture-ridden topic of climate change, hoping to enlighten them about the believed causes and consequences of the Earth’s changing climate. He began his presentation speaking of the apocalyptic emergencies many have witnessed all over the world.
“All over the earth, people are seeing floods, droughts, and massive wildfires…the ice is melting in the artic, deserts are growing, and species are becoming extinct, yet we continue to consume our resources,” said Hoguet.
The “climate crisis,” as Hoguet calls it, is a relatively recent phenomenon that continues to affect our planet despite the numerous programs, such as the green movement, designed specifically to reverse the damage that has been, and continues to be, dealt.
However, it appears that these programs are either not working as well as expected or not working at all. Hoguet points out that ever since the marketplace began to decline in 2007, green initiatives have taken a back seat to economical concerns, meanwhile our ecosystem is spinning off its axis.
In fact, the economy itself might even be threatened by the climate, as Hoguet more-or-less illustrates with a picture of a manufacturing plant whose hundreds of vehicles are three-fourths under water and racking up very large sums of money in damages.
“Oh my,” exclaimed a young woman in the front row as a picture of at least 6 consecutive mudslides overcoming a community appeared on the board. Similar responses emanated from the crowd as another picture appeared showing cars and even houses being swept down a street by what appeared to be rapids. The fact of the matter is that many hear about global warming and the changing climate, but few realize that it isn’t just a little melted ice.
Matt Fuller, a student sitting in the back, muttered, “Well aren’t all these hybrids supposed to be helping?”
Hoguet soon brought up the fact that technologies such as hybrid vehicles help matters. However, they usually cost more to produce and, as a result, many are not buying into them. For hybrids to really make a difference, a lot more would have to replace the fossil fuel burning alternatives.