Usually, when a record is broken, it is time for celebration and pride of accomplishment, but the planet’s record-breaking high temperatures are cause for despair rather than glee.

Falling in line with what we have come to expect, the month of August in 2016 broke the record set in July for the hottest month, globally, in recorded history.

Yes, just as we seem to be reaching record-high sea levels, record-high polar cap melt, and every other climate change-associated record in the book, the planet has once again been baked like an over-cooked casserole, thanks to man’s insatiable appetite.

There are several factors in play for this record, but the gist of it is that humanity is clear-cutting far too much land, decimated far too many animal populations, and burning far too many fossil fuels.

Though the civilized world has mostly acknowledged what a dire situation we are all in, little has been done to slow the effects of our rape of the earth.

Here in the U.S., we are all too familiar with the common trope that nearly half of the nation who subscribe to the conservative view believe, despite a massive load of scientific evidence, that climate change is even real.

Many who acknowledge the clearly-changing globe argue that humanity has nothing to do with it and that we shouldn’t make any changes to try and reverse the horrific direction we are headed.

Humanity is headed for its end, and we must take action. The planet will live on, despite our efforts, but we won’t be here to see her restored to her former glory.

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Sydney Robinson is a political writer for the Ring of Fire Network. She has also appeared in political news videos for Ring of Fire. Sydney has a degree in English Literature from the University of West Florida, and has an active interest in politics, social justice, and environmental issues. She would love to hear from you on Twitter @SydneyMkay or via email at srobinson@ringoffireradio.com