This tattoo disturbed me – what does it mean? Axel Wilke Writes…
Earlier this year, I felt deep discomfort sitting next to a woman with a tattoo depicting some numbers. It reminded me of Hitler-Germany, when Jews had their prisoner ID tattooed when they went to a concentration camp. So I had to ask her: what was the meaning behind the numbers tattooed into her neck?
Well, the answer blew me away; nothing to do with the Nazis. She told me: “It was the CO2 concentration in the atmosphere when I was born. You can therefore work out how old I am.” Of course, the shocking part to those in the know is that CO2 concentration today is nearly 100 ppm higher. What a gigantic increase during her lifetime thus far!
That made me wonder – what if I described my life in CO2 concentrations (in parts per million)? Here’s what that looks like:
|Date of birth:||320.9|
|Finish primary school:||331.5|
|High school graduation:||345.5|
|Finish civil service:||352.9|
|University graduation (bachelor):||363.3|
|University graduation (masters):||370.7|
It won’t be that long before CO2 concentrations will have risen by 100 parts per million during my lifetime, too! I wonder what the prospect is for our children; those who started around the 400 mark?