Agent Smith, of the “Matrix,” might have been right when he described human beings as a virus upon the planet. We take, we do not give. We harness, but we do not give back. And, when we stand on top of all that we conquered and survey what we have accomplished, we are a proud people. But pride is a dangerous attribute. And, if we do not learn to change our ways, our pride may very well be our downfall.
We Have Won The Battle
We humans have proven we can harness the resources of the earth. We have tapped the oils, mined the coals, and extracted the energies of rocks learning to convert these carbon receptacles into our own personal use. We have made good use of these energies. We have not been idle with our consumption of energy.
We do not fear the setting sun, having learned to convert darkness into light. We travel without regard for time or distance. We can whisk ourselves across time zones in hours; we have soared into the heavens and have sailed far below the seas. We are a proud people for what we have done, and we can say we have done this all by our own hands.
But We May Lose This War
In our haste to master the world before us, we have discarded the waste and byproducts of these energies with hapless abandon. We have never had to be concerned with our actions, because we believed our domain was so vast. We have ignored the warnings of the earth. We have discounted the cries of the innocent. And, we have snubbed the pleas of those who will suffer the most. We have disregarded them, as we are the masters of our industrial domain.
But, now the earth has awoken and she has grown tired of us. She is tired of our interfering, our intrusion, and our meddling with the natural order; a natural order that we have ignored for far too long, and at our own personal peril.
The Earth Has Awoken
The earth is shaking off her slumber. And, she does not like what she sees.
The earth is answering our meddling with her ferocities. Unleashing her tempests at us, we find that with each successive storm season, the bar for destruction and chaos has been raised. We can plan all we want. We can harden our defenses all we want. But, in the end we are just stalling for time. Precious, priceless little time.
44% percent of the Earth’s population lives within 150 kilometers of an ocean. It took us thousands of years to settle into our prescribed areas, we cannot just move away. We cannot relocate so many people. The oceans are encroaching and rising. Soon, whole cities and lands will begin to disappear.
Out Of The Frying Pan
Even if we were to relocate so many from the danger of the Earth’s tempest, where would we go, inland? Heat waves can kill more people than the greatest tempest ever could. So while the Earth hurls her furies at the coastlines, she unfurls extreme temperatures into the interior.
Mega wildfires are now the norm versus the outlier. Officials warn the fire seasons are becoming unprecedented. Droughts are more intense. Food crops are dwindling under the heat. We cannot fight every fight. We cannot win every battle.
Could Things Get Worse?
What we are seeing the earth hurl at us humans could very simply be a precursor to the coming attractions. Things could get much worse. Let’s say mother earth decides she has had it. That’s it, throw in the towel, and it’s time to wipe the slate clean of us meddling humans. She could very easily unleash her last fury; a sudden climatic shift that results in an ice age, and were not talking the movie here, which simply plunges the Earth into a deep freeze timeout.
With enough time, all but the hardiest of humans will die out. And, when we have learned our lesson; learned not to meddle, and interfere with the natural order, say in about 10,000 years, the earth thaws us out and we start civilization over. It’s not science fiction. It’s science.
Or, we can just laugh it all off as the talk of naysayers, worrywarts, and global warming cynics. There are plenty of individuals who think this global warming idea is a hoax. And, there are those who actually argue that more CO2 in the atmosphere would be good for the Planet Earth.
A Plea Unheeded
But, for the people of the Philippine’s, who tearfully begged us to change our ways, and asked for the industrial nations to take stock of what they are doing to the Earth, the damage has already been done and the price already paid.
The question is now not when it will happen next, but to whom?