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Should You Care About Global Warming?

Why the Wind Blows

The answer is a resounding “Yes!” according to Matthys Levy, who wrote “Why the Wind Blows: A History of Weather and Global Warming.” Why? Levy states that reversing the global warming course will help future generations. My belief is that through choosing greener ways of living, we improve our own lives today as well.

I think you will enjoy reading Mr. Levy’s personal insights to questions I posed to him recently. I know I did!


I recently read “Why the Wind Blows” and I found it very enjoyable, interesting, and easy to read. I also feel that it is an important book that has the power to motivate people to live more “green lives.” I’ve written before on “Green Living” and how you can reduce your impact on the environment.

What’s In It For You?

The neat thing about living a more “green” life is that it opens our eyes to living a more simple life. We realize that we can live with less. We can enjoy life more fully when we slow down enough to live more “green.” And I think it’s very likely that if everyone joins in that we will have healthier lives from producing less toxins in our world.

Why the Wind Blows” teaches us about the weather on our planet along with very interesting stories about each aspect of the weather. Importantly, it also contains information about global warming.

Interview with Matthys Levy

Here are some questions that Mr. Levy was gracious enough to answer for Life Learning Today’s readers.

1. I loved reading “Why the Wind Blows: A History of Weather and Global Warming.” It is so enjoyable to read, full of interesting information as well as serious information about our future. For whom did you write this book and why?

It is addressed to a general audience and is appropriate for people from 8 to 80. The book follows a series I started with Mario Salvadori, including “Why Buildings Fall Down” and “Why the Earth Quakes” that deal with failure and natural phenomena. Weather is the last natural phenomena that I felt would complete the series. As I began the book, it evolved as the issue of global warming became more critical and needed to be fully explained.

2. What will readers learn from “Why the Wind Blows” that will help them improve their life?

Hopefully, people will realize that for the first time in history, man has impacted future weather and has the power to reverse course and return us to what nature intended. Unless we take decisive action to reduce carbon emissions, we are dooming future generations. By understanding weather, we can all benefit by anticipating changes and being prepared for them. Also, it provides a guide to where and how we want to live.

3. Every day more people are making personal changes to live a more Green Life and lessen their impact on the environment. But what about the macro picture? What is the most effective way that individuals can help move our society towards the mainstream use of renewable energy sources instead of fossil fuels?

We all have an impact on our environment from what we consume to how we discard our garbage. Water will turn out to be our most critical resource so we should do whatever is necessary to engage our government in conservation and resuse of water. As to the issue of carbon use, which is the principal global warming element, government needs to establish caps to reduce CO2 emissions.

4. Are there any organizations that you would recommend individuals check out and join to foster positive environmental change?

There are a number of environmental organizations that I favor such as the Sierra Club and the Environmental Defense Action Fund. On the local front, participation in Town and City boards to influence action on environmental issues is strongly encouraged.

5. What is the most alarming piece of information that most people don’t already know about global warming?


What has already been set in motion cannot be changed! This means that all we can do today is to slow the arrival of the consequences of global warming. These are clearly elucidated in my book.

6. Is there hope? Are we beyond the point of no return or can we reset the dial on global warming? Any best case/worst case future scenario predictions?

We should not be looking for hope in the short term because the train is already rapidly moving down the track. We should instead, think about our children and grandchildren and act to give them a better future. We can do this by slowing and eventually turning the train of global warming by reducing carbon emissions.

Thank you, Matthys!

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11 Responses to Should You Care About Global Warming?

  1. judith November 9, 2008 at 7:58 am #

    Absolutely we should care about global warming, and anything else that affects this wonderful world we live in. All life is precious be it humans, animals or plants. We should take joy from the beautiful things around us and do everything we can to preserve and protect them.

  2. Ernie Small November 18, 2008 at 2:22 pm #

    “Water will turn out to be our most critical resource so we should do whatever is necessary to engage our government in conservation and resuse of water.”

    i keep hearing about how we are going to have water rationing in the future. i wonder if NASA’s recent experiments with astronauts recycling of their own urine will help us out as a people as far as the creation of potable water is concerned in general?
    i have always wondered why it is so hard to get the salt out of all that sea-water that surrounds us. if we can now get the pee out of pee why do we have to be so concerned with running out of drinking water in the future?

  3. Telo Santos November 21, 2008 at 1:14 am #

    We should care. It is our obligation to keep mother earth clean. Wouldn’t it be nice if our children and their children enjoy a clean earth?

  4. Nichole December 13, 2008 at 5:15 am #

    Certainly, we should. That is good thinking I must say and it is our duty.

  5. Rovinj December 13, 2008 at 1:25 pm #

    Yes, I do agree with all of you. This world belong to us, so we are the one who should take care of it. Otherwise, this world getting old and damage because of our bad habits. Together we hold our hands, clean the earth for our future. Our children need crystal clear water, green trees and fresh air.

  6. Ratgear Gesundheit December 15, 2008 at 12:13 am #

    Global Warming should not be taken for granted. The future of our children is at stake. You have started your part by giving us this reminders – enough to ponder the reader’s thoughts.

  7. roll-up banners December 23, 2008 at 3:40 am #

    Water will turn out to be our most critical resource so we should do whatever is necessary to engage our government in conservation and resuse of water.”

  8. Metal Beds December 23, 2008 at 3:44 am #

    i have always wondered why it is so hard to get the salt out of all that sea-water that surrounds us.

  9. Blogger Tutorial January 10, 2009 at 12:30 pm #

    Yes, no doubt we all should care about global warming. And even you can say that taking care of global warming for every human being is necessary.

    who knows how many humans, animals are dieng of this. The poles are melting of global warming. who knows when are we going to drown. So taking care of global warming is a responsibility of every human being.

  10. Ary April 21, 2009 at 10:34 am #

    I feel very glad to realize that the number of people that really care about global warming is increasing…

  11. Istria September 2, 2009 at 1:40 pm #

    Should we care about global warming? I say of course we should. There will be nothing left for our children. Forests will be burned and ice will melt. People are not aware of the problems and we need to start doing something about it right now while there is time.

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