Global warming. A shady fiend standing in the doorway to advancement. A flat tire on the highway of improvement. An unsettling warm spot in the pool of progress. What are we mere citizens to do to combat this horrid global phenomenon that entraps us? As pessimistic as it sounds, there will never be a time where all the people of the world get together and hold hands around the site of soon-to-be-demolished oil refinery, awaiting its destruction. That is, not without some really awful natural things happening first, which have direct evidence as being caused by global warming.
So, what do we do? Swaying the people in charge looks to be the only answer; people will do absolutely anything given enough monetary incentive, which might include saving our planet from turning into Mars (A bit unsettling to think that.. maybe at some point Mars was another Earth, and now look at the place. There isn’t much evidence to support it other than the fact it used to have water and perhaps a better atmosphere, but, the mere thought is pretty poignant).
People are far too comfortable as they are for there to ever be any kind of major impact on our atmosphere brought on simply by the public, let’s be realistic. Even more effective than money, fear is the ultimate motivator. It builds pyramids, it wins wars, it topples governments. Unfortunately, this means something considerably awful would have to happen to us on a global scale, and by then, would it be too late? Heck, I dunno. There are plenty of people who thrive off fear mongering for money (See: any special on the Weather Channel. COMING UP NEXT, HORROR TERROR HURRICANES FROM HEEEEELL, THESE AREN’T YOUR DAD’S HURRICANES, JACKWAD. THESE HURRICANES ARE GONNA F**K. YOU. UUUUUUP.). But that kind of fear is for entertainment, whether it’s treated like fiction or reality.
Our best bet is getting science in the game and figuring out ways to reduce greenhouse gases, or reconvert them somehow, perhaps some high-atmosphere extractor or something? A large planet-wide belt that sucks in and converts gases? A new species of bird that grabs the gases with both hands and carries it into space and puts it in one of those other sh***y gas giants? All viable answers to the global warming issue, but someone needs to get on it.