a reply to: network dude
The thing people ignore is that whether man made, or natural, change is coming. It is not always recognisable as the change we were told to expect,
and to be absolutely realistic, most people think that just because they saw snow once the warming issue is bunk. With so little understanding of
thermodynamics on display, it is little wonder that governments do not face more pressure to actually act.
And don't get me wrong, I am not talking about saving the whales, the dolphins, manta rays, monkeys, fruit bats and so on. I am talking about things
like building flood defences that will NOT be broken, such is their size and complexity. I am talking about building tornado proof homes in Tornado
Alley, rather than just continuing to build ones which fall over the moment a twister comes together. I am talking about building waterfront property
that can withstand the strongest seagoing hurricanes imaginable, preventing coastal regions from being drowned by tsunami and other freak waves,
building up coastal sea walls to fourteen times their height, and backing that height up with billions of tonnes per mile of ferrocrete. I am talking
about claiming back vast chunks of desertified land, using specialised techniques and planting schedules, as has been done in China with great
I am literally talking about future proofing our planet, not just for its benefit, but for ours.
If the sea gets too much more acidic, the animals which live in it will die off, and then we will have no sea creatures to eat. When that happens, all
the land dwelling organisms that rely on seafood will perish. When that happens, the next along the food chain will disappear, and so on, and so on,
ad infinitum, until all we have is earth, water, and human beings. That is not going to work out very well long term, and solving those problems now,
is the only way to protect our existence going forward.
Now, my personal belief, is that we should look to colonise as much cosmic real estate, as fast as possible. I am talking moving to the Moon, Mars,
any rocky body which is not surrounded by volatile and dangerous chemicals, not to mention working on VASTLY increasing the speed of propulsion
methods used to move us around. I am of the opinion that putting colonies of humans as far from our own solar system as possible, would also be a good
idea. Spreading our species as far as we can, ensures that the likelihood that of our whole species being wiped out at once, reduces to a point where
it becomes a virtual impossibility.
But none of that can ever happen, unless we solve the immediate future issues which threaten life here, now. Radiation leaking into the sea from
Japan, the Deep Water Horizon mess, besides others in the same industry, mercury being leaked into the sea, shale gas drilling causing hazardous
chemicals to come to the surface of our lands, all manner of stupid, wasteful, and ultimately dangerous things we are doing, and DO NOT NEED TO BE
DOING, must END. A period of clean living and sensible preparation is in order, and this is no longer a matter for any debate. Whether you believe
that the things which are happening with our climate are natural, or man made, mitigation is the most important thing to think about, not playing the
blame game and wasting time and money on war, posturing, and inaction.
edit on 10-12-2015 by TrueBrit because: Grammatical error