posted on May, 5 2014 @ 11:00 PM
a reply to: SkepticOverlord
That's what I would have predicted.
It's a shame so few Americans appreciate the magnitude of climate change. Green should be the position of everyone. The Europeans get this (probably
due to an acute sensitivity to the pangs of war). The fact is, we need to end this repulsive dependence on fossil fuels. We need to stop cutting down
so many trees. Geeze. I can't even talk about this without confusing myself trying to run down in my mind the various problems we introject into the
ecosystem with human activity. It runs the gamut from toxic chemicals in growing foods, to plastics, concrete, livestock, genetic engineering,
deforestation, etc. Ughhh. It amazes me how someone can reflect on all this tampering we do without feeling a disgust. We have let ourselves, in our
ignorance, and arrogance, become awful stewards of this planet.
We still have time to change things. This is all we can do. We #ed up. And all we can do, the only sensible thing to do, is to try and repair the
mistakes we've made. But, like this poll shows, not even American internet users have the awareness of how desperate our ecological situation is.
They seem unable to comprehend - or appreciate - what scientists and thinkers familiar with abstract thinking, fully understand: we've severely
disrupted a chaotic system and we don't know how it will respond. We know how sensitive our bodies can be to disruption. If we eat foods - introduce
chemicals - that our body doesn't have the cellular technology to process - we get sick. The response of the body - the unified system - is to
expunge this in order to restore homeostasis; oftentimes, cancer will lead to the death of the body - and the system itself. Earth, on the other hand,
has endured 5 global catastrophic extinctions in its long history. Each one required hundreds of thousands to millions of years for the system to
restore itself in a state of balance. For example, during the ordivician period, the earths waters were purply and the sky a dark green. This was
following the first extinction period. One of the surviving life forms of this period was a bacteria that released sulfur dioxide. Earth more
resembled Titan - a moon of saturn - than the Earth of today.
We may be #ing very badly with our ecosystem. Higher temperatures may mean the extinction of thousands of species as forest fires happen more broadly
and arable lands dry out as water evaporates into the atmosphere. This may produce a situation where human life expectancy drops to 60 years of age
(or lower) as atmospheric oxygen levels diminish because the trees which released oxygen as a biproduct became scarce.