According to Thomas Friedman, the world is getting hot, flat, and crowded. Hot due to global warming, flat because of the computers and software that are available everywhere in order to increase globalization, and crowded due to the amount in which we are increasing in population.
Friedman supplies overwhelming data that the climate is changing. It has gone passed the “it was warm last winter, so it must be global warming” phase. The time is now where people need to stop being naive and blind to the problem at hand. Even if there are skeptics saying that the evidence is not enough to prove that we actually have a crisis, why not change? It’s like what Arnold Schwarzenegger said,
“If 98 doctors say my son is ill and needs medication and two say, ‘No, he doesn’t, he is fine,’ I will go with the ninety-eight. It’s common sense – the same with global warming. We go with the majority, the large majority.”
We have the ability to change if people accept the challenge and are educated in the harm we have done and what needs to be done in order to reach sustainability. I like the way of Friedman’s thinking that we are pre something and as of January 1, 2000, we have entered the Energy Climate Era. Hopefully, we get on our way of pre-sustainability. Its like I can see my grandkids reading about this time in their history book- just like we read about the Enlightenment and Industrialization. It wasn’t easy for women’s suffrage either, but when there is a will, there is a way. The simple thought that we most likely caused Hurricane Katrina should provide that will for society today. Yet, people continue to be blind.
As for globalization, its hard to imagine the size of the world out of there that is starting to live the “American dream.” The fact that it took four hours instead of the usual thirty five minutes for Friedman to get to an airport in Russia is enough for me for a change. And, as strange as it seems, it really affected me the mention of China and chopsticks because to me that is a tradition that goes hand in hand with the Asian culture. I’m sure the American life is appealing and as flattering as it is that people want to be like us, we weren’t model citizens when it came to treating Mother Nature right. We need to be the responsible role models that go green quick and are able to formulate something that works better for Nature than what’s been done so far. If we don’t, pollution in the atmosphere is going to incease a lot due to the more populated areas that are catching onto the American way.
Finally, as for population, I can remember enough from sociology class the rat studies of John B. Calhoun to understand why over population can be dangerous. Friedman suggests we are fighting both worlds on terror by supplying the money to the anti-women’s rights. It would be good to think that we could control our addiction and that the women in these countries could get educated. Educating the women is one of the ways we can control overpopulation and not only am I for ALL women having rights and an education, I’m all for any right step in the direction of preventing a similar experience as the rat experiment for humans.