We have just over 10 years to avoid a climate disaster that will destroy humanity! That’s what they say? Who exactly is ‘they?’ Are they correct? And do we care? Well, I care. But does that even matter, except to me?
The topic of a warming world has been on our collective radar for decades. I won’t bore you with the details because you know them for yourself. The ‘They, ‘ the scientific climate researchers, have released their measured analysis of the state of our world and why it looks bad for life. The media is full of opinions, detailed statistical reports, proven theories and estimated trajectories of our survival or annihilation if we do or don’t do something. Indeed, I am currently listening to yet another hysterical report on the radio as these words tumble out. I read scary stuff every day. And most of us have been told by the propagators of that information, what we must do to avoid our own demise as a species, and to save the other species on the planet too. So where do we take this now? Are we really listening? Are we really visualising what it all means?
The details to mitigate warming trends, and to repair our human-waste-trashed planet, come in huge, onerous written reports that are barely understandable. The media interprets them in sometimes biased ways, the politicians cherry pick, based only on the cheapest financial solutions (often ignoring the obvious pitfalls), and corporations capitalize on technologies developed in a sideways solution for our eternal need to produce energy and things. It is no wonder that we are confused as to what our role is, to stop our natural world from disappearing. Will it disappear? While I can nod my head in agreement, I will switch off to that reality, to put my head back into my comfortable but false life. You know, that life that says, yeah, gotta give up my comfortable gadgetry and save the trees and animals, but oh, I need my cosy winter fire, I need my TV and my computer entertainment, I need, I need. I actually don’t need… I just don’t want to give them up. Selfish me.
Every other living thing on the planet, lives in a biodiverse balance, using only what the natural environment provides. It evolves specific responses to the threats and provisions of nature, responding eloquently to the stimulation of natural external events.
They do not create human-like chaos. They evolved carefully, and selectively. Our fellow life forms have lived on this planet, barely changed in form over millions of years. They survive catastrophes by diminishing their size, growing feathers, fur, or flippers and air bladders, to survive, dependent on nature’s changing course and persistent requirements. We humans have been here on Earth a very short time compared to flies. Yet we think that we know more than the humble insect on how to survive. That doesn’t actually look likely. We are killing them and us in equal measure. We just haven’t realised it. But the flies have more capacity to recover than we do because they do not flout natural laws.
We humans do not live within the laws of nature. We create alien, unnatural products. We have alienated ourselves from nature itself, believing we can conquer and over-ride the predominant physical laws of gravity, carbon cycles, water cycles and so on. Are we alien beings? Why are we the only species to create a false, exclusive set of criteria for our comforts that poison and destroy everything natural around us?
Does it make us happier? Does it improve our chances of survival as a species? We argue that it does, but is it an illusion? We think ourselves to be clever because our species is growing ever more populous at the expense of all others. But isn’t this how a cancer grows? The cancer cannot survive, if it kills the host.
We need to self examine how we got to this point? It seems so idiotic to ignore our own demise, yet we do it all the time. We need to find a cure for us. What will it look like, and can we do it before we destroy ourselves?
There are many movements to look at restoration of what we have killed, be it trees, animals, water purity or clarity of air, but they are up against a majority of man made systems that can’t or won’t change. Political, religious, and consumerist actions are divisive and self defeating for our human adaptation to survive. If we are to change this, we need to stop using the same methods that created the problems in the first place.
They say say we have just over 10 years to fix runaway climate catastrophe. Is it True? If it is, I am not changing fast enough. I Should not be even be using my phone and the Internet to write this. I should be returning to nature and decreasing my demand for energy. But I continue to defy what I know. None of this is helping. Should I begin mourning my imminent death? 🤔