Ice Breaker: How To Start A Good Dinner Conversation

Ice Breaker: How To Start A Good Dinner Conversation

A dinner table is a place where important conversations happen. Quality family time is spent here, business deals are made and romance is sparked! It’s important to talk about the things that matter at this time because life can get in the way. We don’t have the opportunity to have long meaningful conversations. But dinner time it’s supposed to be a time when families and friends reconnect. Time for an Ice Breaker.

What could be more stimulating than having a conversation about Climate Change? When I talk about Climate change to those around me I swear their eyes glaze over. There is an indifferent air about what’s happening to our environment. It’s easy to misunderstand what’s happening to our planet. I hear questions like, well what happened in the past? Hasn’t the Earth been this warm before? Thankfully we have scientists that can help answer these questions.

One-third of Canadians need this Ice Breaker

One-third of Canadians don’t believe that it’s humans or industry which has changed the Climate. According to the Abacus Data Poll, they’re leery because they feel it’s an opportunity for the government. For example, the Canadian Carbon tax is not very popular. They believe it’s just another reason to tax normal people, just another way to collect money.

The Whistle Blowers

But, it now seems there’s a big enough change which has sparked Meteorologists to speak up. Many believe Science is not convincing enough. Maybe these people are the whistleblowers or deliver the ice breaker the world needs!. This is another way to begin the conversation in Climate change. After all, if we’re not talking about the problem than we won’t be able to solve it. The big question for these Meteorologists, is when does it stop being a fluke and begin to be a trend?

In fact, there are twenty-six thousand independent references to the fact that the climate is changing. The length and intensity of heat waves have risen and bird populations have changed migration patterns. A 63-year study observed 96 species of migrant birds. The findings show they’ve altered their arrival and departure dates. They’ve done this to adjust for the increase in temperatures.  Is this the Canary in the coal mine?

We’re free to have opinions but can’t escape the facts

What will it take for everyone around the world to take notice?  The problem with weather is that everyone has their own climate bubble. We look out the window take note of the weather. Then decide if we need to wear a coat or a sweater. The seasons and our knowledge of the weather are very localized. We can learn more about weather events on television. However, snapshots of these weather patterns won’t tell the whole story. This brief encounter doesn’t give us the knowledge we need to decide if a change is warranted.

I have outlined the best experiments that deliver the truth about climate change. There is already significant evidence that we are shifting the world’s temperatures. The creation of Green House Gases is pretty much 9th-grade science! If the air inside the Earth continues to heat up than the ground cannot stay cool.

Molecular Reactivity

In 1824 an experiment concluded that the air in the atmosphere has the ability to keep the earth cool or hot. John Tyndall an Irish scientist was the first to discover the experiment and explain air. He used a sensor to measure the temperatures of two sources of heat. Two fires were lit on opposite sides of the tube. He then used gases within the tube to study the reactivity.

He found Nitrogen and Oxygen didn’t change in the presence of heat. However, he found Carbon dioxide and water vapor gas is reactive when exposed to heat. The result of the experiment shows that CO2 traps heat. It’s the ability to absorb and re-emit energy which causes the Green House Effect.

Measuring CO2

Scientists are able to measure the quantities of CO2 in the atmosphere. Infrared imaging can show levels of Carbon dioxide. This image looks like the swirling existence of gas found around the world. They’ve developed a bell curve or keeling curve to study the levels. It suggests we’ve experienced a recent steep incline in CO2.

Moreover, scientists are acquiring data from the Antarctic ice sheet. Their expeditions are drilling deep into the ice bed. They’ve taken years to decipher data. A true ice breaker moment that should be at the center of any climate change conversation. It tells us how much CO2 has been present in our atmosphere for the past 800,000 years. These Ice pockets found in drilled samples have trapped gases. A snapshot in time of what CO2 levels and our climate looked like thousands of years ago!

It’s getting hot in here!

They can also measure the history of temperatures in the lines found on clam shells. The clamshells grow every year and can live up to 500 years. Thus, the study from Bangor University was able to decipher 1000 years of Marine climate. Together the recorded graph of temperature and Carbon dioxide are similar. This shows that the relationship of the rise and fall of CO2 correlates with the rise and fall of temperatures.

Scientists found we’ve released 37.1 billion tonnes of CO2 from fossil fuels in 2018. The CO2 from fossil fuel has a distinct chemical fingerprint in the atmosphere. So Scientists can predict that the majority of the current warming trend is caused by ourselves.

A tree can absorb up to 48 pounds of Carbon Dioxide a year. All of the trees on Earth are currently soaking up a quarter of the CO2 that we release into the air. Without trees, we would be in a worse state than we are now! Trees keep the ground cooler and so do the oceans. Oceans are absorbing heat molecules that dominate the climate. A staggering ninety percent of the heat we’re releasing is being soaked into Oceans. But, this cannot continue. The consequences of heating up the Ocean is catastrophic to Oceanic life.

Time for Change

This conversation is a good ice breaker between family and friends. After all, if we’re not talking about our problems at the dinner table then chances are it won’t come up! Our planet didn’t come with a owners manual and we’re changing the balance of our atmosphere. An experiment like this has never been done in 40 million years! I know we’re clever enough to fix it. It’s the effort by everyone that needs to happen that scares me the most! Can EVERYONE in Canada change their routines, habits, and lives?

https://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/poll-abacus-carbon-tax-1.4603824

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Tyndall

https://climate.nasa.gov/evidence/

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