Sometimes people are easily distracted from the real problems. Sometimes it’s because we’re afraid of the real truth. In fact, it’s usually not sometimes, but most times. We are great at lying to ourselves about a lot of things. We convince ourselves of an easier “truth” than the cold facts; always choosing the easier path, as long as we feel it’s doing something – as opposed to nothing – we feel good about ourselves.
I’m intellectually in disbelief at the hysteria over carbon emissions being the root cause of global warming. In shock actually. How can so many seemingly smart people be so deluded?
Carbon emissions is indeed a bad thing. Polluting our air and earth is something we shouldn’t be proud of. Even in the name of economic prosperity and jobs.
But the real issue isn’t carbon emissions; it’s about our total human footprint. This is what is destroying our planet. This is undeniable. It’s not a sudden apocalyptic scenario as the environmental “experts” would try to convince us of. This is just stupidly naive thinking and scientific horse-shit. The scientific models they use to justify thrse conclusions are embarrassing. And its also why the global alarmist community’s predictions of imminent gloom and doom have always been absurdly wrong for decades – and will continue to be absurdly wrong.
I’ve spoken many times about the impact of human population growth on the most abundant greenhouse gas – H2O. It’s undeniable that it’s increasing the water vapor content in the atmosphere far more than carbon dioxide, especially in heavily populated urban centers where the temperatures seem to be gradually increasing. (Although to conclude this is all due to unnatural human causes is naive and unsubstantiated by science. We still don’t know for sure, even if it is probable or likely.)
The earth is a perfectly synchronize and balanced system. Interdependence of everything is obvious and undeniable. Plants and algae symbiotically coexist with animals. Yes, species can adapt to changes, but the changes must be slow for adaptation to work.
Our human footprint impacts far more than our CO2 atmospheric concentrations, marginally. We impact the ratio of forests and algae; of sealife and wildlife; Our never ending sprawl and expansion impacts everything in our world – the delicate ecosystem balance of everything. Having national parks and protected wildlife safe zones may make us feel morally penitent, but it’s far from enough.
Humans are the only species capable of expanding limitlessly. We are not bound by local resources. And this is the fundamental problem with our species. It affects our earth, our air, our coexistence with other animals, and all plantlife. It will eventually – not immediately – destroy all life on our planet. Even humans, with all our scientific might, can’t produce the synthetic proteins and carbohydrate organic compounds outside of other living things.
You don’t need fancy algorithms and simulation models, or million dollars science studies to figure this out.
Global warming due to carbon emissions is the least of our environmental worries. Our ever-expanding human footprint should be what terrifies us.
But nobody wants to discuss that. It’s too personal. It’s too real. It requires too much real sacrifice in all of our lives. And terrifyingly tough political choices and decisions.
So we go about fixating on silly, mostly inconsequential things, that makes us feel like we’re good and making a difference to our environment.
We are all liars. We lie to ourselves every single day. The truth is obvious to every one of us. All we have to do is open our eyes and look at where humans are and how we continually expand – devouring everything in our path: More land for farming because people are starving (because of over-breeding). More deforestation because we need more lumber for our huge sprawling over-sized houses. More mining and drilling because we need more comfort. More desalination because we’re running out of water (again because there’s too damn many people). More over-fishing because sushi is all the rage of the aspiring middle classes, and fish is healthy so we can all live forever. And on and on. Me. Me. Me. I. I. I.
The ocean is big but it’s not infinite, and our activities will have an impact one day, if not already. Ocean saline concentration is precise and critical to our entire earth ecosystem and geothermal system.
Humans are the life virus on our planet. We serve no end purpose but our own. Even microscopic viruses have a purpose that fits in the greater ecosystem of life. Not us humans.
Carbon footprint is the red herring of the scientific community, political class, and media.
Our total human footprint is what will destroy our planet one day. But no politician wants to tackle that impossible issue. Because voters are still lying to ourselves and prefer easy solutions without real sacrifice.
As long as we feel good about doing something, anything, we can go on enjoying all the comforts of life and global prosperity. After all, we all live like only the next 50-100 years matters. The timeframe of our lives. We can pat ourselves on the back about how good of a caretaker we are for our planet.
No matter how far and wide humans search the galaxy, we will never find another planet as perfectly suited for us, for life, as the one we have today. Not even close.
Whether you believe in evolution or creationism or intelligent design, it’s in all of our self-interest to do better; to face the truth.
If you believe in creationism or intelligent design, then it goes beyond self-interest. It is our moral obligation to do much better; to protect and value life – far beyond just our human species.
But the truth is, this blog and this thinking is pointless. Because people will never change. “I” will always supersede “Us”. And “My life” is always going to matter more than “All life”. And our immediate comfort and thrills are always going to outweigh an invisible timeframe beyond our own lives.
In the back of everyone’s mind, we want to believe eventually technology will save us all from ourselves. So we can go on doing what we have always done.
So I close with this pose: Do you believe one day (within centuries), mankind will be able to create artificial biological carbon life using our future technology?
In other words, do you think we will become God?
Because this is exactly the question we must ask ourselves if we think technology will save us from ourselves.
You see, mankind cannot exist without the complex organic compounds generated only by other living things. And in order for mankind to figure out how to synthesize artificial organic compounds necessary to sustain our lives – after the eventual destruction of our ecosystem – we need to have the equivalent knowledge to create life itself. This is true. Although I doubt many have contemplated this.
So far, we’ve failed miserably to create even the most simplest proteins and organic compounds from pure basic ingredients – carbon, oxygen, nitrogen, hydrogen, etc. Or from any non-organic compounds.
I suppose if you truly believe we will be like God one day, then we shouldn’t worry about anything. Including global warming. Or our ecosystem. Or killing off everything besides humans. Because we should be able to create or re-create just about anything from the basic ingredients – just as God had to.
My personal belief is that putting our faith in ourselves, our technological potential, to save us from ouselves is about as delusional and irrational of a hope there is.
Technology seems to favor the potential for destruction rather than creation. But hell, why should we think history should be any relevant indicator of the future.
We are not God. We will never be God. We should stop pretending we have the potential to be.