I know, scandalous title there – so before you go flaming my post, please hear what I have to say till its completion.
The Times Atlas reports several changes in the Earth’s formation. Temperatures are at a high in some places and the weather is all funny in others. The sad truth is no one is laughing. The world is changing as we know it and it is irrelevant whether whose side wins the debate – it is changing whether it was because of us or because of the Earth itself. So why scoff at Global Warming?
Simple. I think we are looking at this wrong. I am going to state two simple facts that will hopefully knock your socks off and give you a fresh perspective.
Fact number one: Life on earth is very adaptive and extremely persevering.
Oxygen is a very volatile and very toxic substance (it’s an excrement gas resulting from photosynthesis in plants) – and yet here we are breathing it. Water is a very strong solvent that can carve stone and dissolve almost anything – and yet fish live in it and we actually need it to survive. Almost all forms of weather that we can find on the planet can support life. There are tundra ecosystems, desert ecosystems, etc. Recently, scientists discover new species living undisturbed under the ground in Israel. There are even reports of the vampire squid, able to breathe oxygen in the OMZ (oxygen minimal zone) – a habitat almost devoid of oxygen.
Life as we know it has persistently permeated and adapted to its environment. Sure, a lot of species die out every year – but more species move to fill in their place in the grand scheme of things … the circle of life if you will. So even if you kill off ALL the living things on Earth, life will somehow find a way to get back up and repopulate the globe in one form or another.
Fact number two: We humans are not as important as we think.
We often view ourselves as the saviors of this planet. We see ourselves as ultimately important in the continued existence of life on this globe. We aren’t. Biblical scholars will agree with me when I say that humans were entrusted with being caretakers of the planet – but our main function according to Christianity is fellowship with the Creator – not making sure all life goes on upon the Earth. So even if we all die out because of our own abusive treatment of the planet, the world will not stop turning because of it.
So, why be concerned with Global Warming? Why take action? Global Warming? Phfft. Life will still go on … even without us. Let the cockroaches rule the Earth, right?
Disclaimer: The above post is the opinion of the blog poster/author Peter Porker and not the opinion of this blog or any of its affiliates and other authors.