How important is language. Well I’m going to use a word and let’s see what things it conjures up in your mind. Chemtrails. Right away I think of conspiracy theories, tinfoil hats, aliens... Let’s try another word, Environmentalist. This conjures up tree hugger/hippie, socially minded, overly concerned about things that don’t really matter. How about Air Pollution, this one I automatically see automobiles, gas vs electric cars or bio-fuels that burn clean and industry smoke stacks. Lastly let’s look at contrail, and this takes me to airplane wingtips or the condensation from exhaust and basically harmless. What am I even bringing this up for… well a while back I watched a video on YouTube that offered up the idea that chemtrails didn’t exist. I almost didn’t watch it because I was sold on the idea of chemtrails because, I am always looking up at the sky and would see white lines that would checker the sky and linger for hours turning the sky this hazy hue or shimmer. But I made myself watch it because I want to always have an open mind and accept change if there is reason to.
I realized that I’d never done much research into chemtrails… nothing outside of just hearing what other people thought they were and tests of the ground offering results of compounds already natural to the earth. Matter fact I’ve not done any research on the air pollution caused by aircraft engine exhaust or contrails for that matter. But I knew that subscribing to the chemtrail conspiracy theory always leaves me with a feeling of hopelessness regarding not being able to do a thing about them. Not many really takes the theory seriously. And if there’s nothing to do about them then why try and research them, just rest in the anxiety of their existence. But as I am journeying thru this life I notice that things that I don’t even realize I’m questioning over time get answered. This video offered up research that answered some questions I’d been having about chemtrails and their validity. The questions I had weren’t really even fully formed but they were regarding me not seeing the white lines in the sky as a kid. The video offered up old newspaper articles during war time where airplane fighting was concentrated and the white lines that were left that would linger for hours. (I will get a link to this video to you if you comment with your email me and ask for it)
Because of this I was inspired to do some research into air travel, how many planes flew over the earth in a year(1), the fuel used(2) , contrails(3), the smog it created( 4) and how toxic jet fuel exhaust is(5). Because even though I didn’t subscribe to the conspiracy theory any longer I couldn’t shake feeling like the evidence left in the sky from aircraft wasn’t benign and now not worth even considering. I understood smog from automobile exhaust was literally a killer in concentration and the same at least must apply to aircraft. The research went slowly, mostly because I didn’t even know how to verbalize what I wanted to know yet. I just kind of thought on it for a couple weeks and then started in online. I found a website that offered what I could find as the most recent flight data and that was from 2010. It said that there were 30 million commercial flights in one year… wait, what! Ok that’s a huge number and it was specific to just commercial flights. So, that meant that there were more than 30 million because it didn’t include private aircraft or military aircraft. One link shows flight patterns over a year and that visual struck me as matching what I was seeing in the sky from below the flight patterns, of what I’d believed to be chemtrails.
From finding this link I was on a roll and found 4 others that helped me understand why language is so important and I’ll link them at the end of the blog. This is what this research led me to see. Because the word chemtrails is connected to conspiracy theory and environmentalist is connected to tree hugging overly socially conscious hippies, because air pollution ironically didn’t make me think of aircraft but automobiles and contrails are harmless, the topic of air pollution from aircraft is close to ignored in any real sense. There are no regulations for the pollution caused by aircraft. Because the conspiracy theorists and the environmentalists don’t realize that they could both be concerned for the same thing they don’t come together and won’t be heard well enough to enact change. Because it’s not that there’s nothing to be concerned about… but it’s also not some evil conspiracy by the government… it is that the people who do see it in the sky, call it something it might not be as well as ignorance to what it actually is and not terming it properly, the aircraft that fly seemingly nonstop from all over the earth have no regulations for the fuels they use to complete those flights.
It’s not chemtrails, even though it is exhaust trails full of chemicals that are toxic when exposed to sunlight. When it’s chemtrails everyone looks up and shakes their fist at the sky and feels helpless. But even though it’s not a good thing, air pollution, there’s no need to feel like it’s sinister and some end of the world plan to kill off everyone.
What will you do with this information? What I did was find peace from it. I hope it offers you the same.
(5)Sunlight May Turn Jet Exhaust Into Toxic Particles https://www.wired.com/2011/05/airplane-exhaust-oil-toxins/
(3)Why do jets leave a white trail in the sky?
(2)Air Pollution Emissions From Jet Engines (PDF)
(4)Environmentalists spar with EPA on jet engine exhaust, air pollution
(1)Every Plane Flight in the World Over One Year [Animated Map]