Drew Rodgers

I live in Norway with my wife, Inger, and our cat T.J. Maxx and teach International Business Communications at Oslo University College School of Business.

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Our Future

Let’s take a look at the future of our planet. The meeting in Poland to save our planet had an ironic twist given that 80% of Poland’s energy comes from coal. The amount of US carbon emissions rose by 3.4% in 2018. The number of oil rigs in operation is on the rise. Then there are problems with the depletion of aquafers, soil erosion, heavy metals and poisons in the food chain, plastic in the oceans and its residents and unsustainable levels of debt due to the over consumption which leads to increased greenhouse gases not to mention the potential for economic collapse.
The problem is that each country wants to protect its own economy and its leaders are not willing to make the sacrifices necessary to mount an international effort to save the planet. A good example is Norway, where I live, which tries to profile itself as a crusader for a green development while its oil and gas production is scheduled to rise until 2024. And politicians spread empty platitudes about saving the planet when, in fact, we are destroying it and crossing our fingers that technology will save it.
But the planet will save itself after vindictively attacking the perpetrators of its decline. According to scientist we will face catastrophes that we have never seen before involving floods, rising sea levels, drought, hunger, the spread of disease. Mass migration will threaten industrialized countries in the migrants’ futile attempt to survive.
Recent data shows that 50 mammalian species are “critically endangered (possibly extinct).” We are in the process of wiping out our fellow mammals. So even though we are at the top of the species “food chain,” our time will come. The question is what we plan to do about it. Not only for us, but especially for our children and grandchildren. Time is running out.

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