Saving Mother Earth from Us Nasty Humans: A Contrarian P.O.V.
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Before I begin, I know the antipathy (to put it politely) many of you will have towards this article. I may be pushing the Witchvox envelope of nonjudgmental neutrality to its breaking point, but go ahead, vent all you want. If Copernicus couldn’t prove that the earth went around the sun, the Church would have just called him a nut and ignored him instead of persecuting him.
Lies are usually dismissed. Reality must be converted to the politically correct P.O.V. Sometimes that’s why it’s called political correctness and not reality.
So the earth is in trouble from global warming and deforestation and depletion of fishing grounds and the millions of empty bottles of water that we all drink from. And if something isn’t done soon, what will happen? Will the earth collapse in on itself and disappear from the space/time continuum?
No. Oh, millions of species may die out. Melting ice may flood the coasts and kill millions of humans. Severe hurricanes and tornadoes may kill millions more. Maybe even billions will die.
Well, have at it earth.
Our planet has survived at least 5 mass extinctions. The Permian-Triassic extinction wiped out nearly all oceanic species and 70% of all land species 251 million years ago. The earth came back from all that, only to be pulverized by an asteroid 65 million years ago.
Trying to stop extinctions or ice ages is like trying to stop the sun from rising. It has to happen. It’s part of what the earth is about. If it wasn’t for that mass extinction 65 million years ago, we might not exist today.
So was that extinction a bad thing?
But I can hear you all thinking “Nature caused those extinctions. We’re causing this one.”
Well, technically not.
After all, it was nature that gave us the brains to develop technology and nature that turned all those dinosaurs into fossil fuel. Maybe that’s one of the problems. Most of us don’t think of ourselves as being a part of nature.
Now, I’m not anti earth. Far from it. But I’m looking at this from a geological perspective, not an “Everybody must do something right now or the earth will cease to exist in a hundred years” perspective. Hell, if every single form of life on earth died tomorrow, from the microbe to the blue whale, there would probably be life on earth again in a billion years.
If earth had the right stuff to start life 4 billion years ago, why shouldn’t earth be able to start life all over again?
But the real problem with global warming is that most people don’t understand the actual cause of it. Everybody on this planet could drive a Humvie, heat their homes to 75 degrees in the winter and run the air conditioner day and night in the summer and not worsen global warming IF there were only 100 million people on the earth.
In fact, if you only needed energy to power the cars, homes and factories that build all the crap we buy for 100 million people, the current ethanol, solar, wind and hydroelectric energy we produce would probably be enough. The only oil we would need is to grease the wheels.
But as we produce more people, we need more energy. As well as land to build homes on and to grow food on. So in a hundred years, the Brazilian Rain Forest may very well become the Brazilian Cattle Ranch…sponsored by McDonalds.
And if you think that’s impossible, what would people in the 70’s have said if you told them that the polar ice caps and the Greenland ice sheet were going to be completely melted away in a few decades?
Now I know all the scientific arguments for having lots of children. (And God said, “Be fruitful and multiply” and “Children are a blessing.”) All that science aside, every animal on this planet strikes a balance with nature except for one. Humans.
Mother Earth has a pretty good system for handling the overload of a species. If there are too many giraffes, they eat up all the food and die out. Only the strongest or best adapted will survive until the food grows back.
If there are too many lions, they kill each other off until their number is small enough for the territory available.
However, we would consider Mother Earth’s way of handling an overpopulated species to be barbaric if it was applied to humans.
We make every effort to insure that a human being lives as long as possible. So humans grow in number. And grow and grow and grow. But the earth only has so much land for habitation and food. Earth can recycle our waste and replenish our forests and fishing grounds only so fast. And the more humans there are to consume goods and produce waste, the faster we drain nature’s bank account.
So the polar bear and the panda bear, and perhaps even the human, will go the way of the dodo bird and the wooly mammoth and the saber-toothed tiger, and the earth will hardly mind in the least. Mother Earth will say, “Evolution cannot exist without extinction. Survival of the fittest. When you build a better mousetrap, you discard the obsolete one.”
Global warming is just a rash on the face of the earth, which will be completely cleared up in a million years, the equivalent of three and a half days in human years.
Mother Earth is not crying.
She’s laughing at the inability of one of her species’ to strike a balance with nature, despite all of its immense brainpower.
A million years from now, the earth will have repaired the damage caused by global warming, and will probably look very much the way it did a thousand years ago.
The big question is…will there be any humans around to see it?
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