Thursday, June 28, 2007


Professor James Lovelock, inventor of the Gaia Hypothesis said that it is too late to stop global warming; too much damage has already been done. We might turn off a few lights and reduce our "carbon footprint" a little over the next couple of decades or so, but whatever is planned now is nowhere near enough. And nor can it be enough, because, I repeat, it is too late. We are in a state where we know we have a terminal disease for which there is no cure, all we can do is try to slow down its progress. But in the end, and there will be an end, the disease will have its way. This is really dark and morbid stuff, but I am afraid it is reality. Its no good trying to bury your head in the sand and hope it will go away - it won't. When you consider that China, the most populous country in the world, is opening on average two new coal fired power stations every single week, it makes a complete mockery when we as individuals might try to "do our bit" to save the planet. Also, we cannot save the planet. The planet itself is not at risk. When people talk about saving the planet, what they really mean is saving our living environment we need for our survival. The planet will continue, and so will life upon it, with us or without us, it doesn't need us - it is indifferent to us. The floods we are having at the moment are as nothing compared with what is to come. Even in these relatively early stages of global warming, we are seeing unprecedented extreme weather conditions - every year. These conditions will get more extreme year on year. You ain't seen nothing yet. In the end, nature will have the last laugh. The best thing we as a species can do is get real, and face up to it. Don't blame the authorities when your house gets flooded or your reservoir dries up. No one is perfect. It is not their fault. If mankind is contributing to global warming and climate change, its the fault of all of us. We are just too greedy. We are selfish. We invade each other's countries to take their land and resources - particularly oil. We rob and kill each other for each other's possessions. We live in a materialistic age where the demands of the business profit motive brainwashes us all into being consumers - materialistic devourers of the earth's resources. We are all to blame, and should not be surprised when the earth bites back.

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