posted on Sep, 18 2012 @ 07:49 AM
The reality of this situation is that carbon fuel is bad for the human race. Its not just an ecological concern, but a financial and political one. In
order to produce oil, and for that matter other mineral products from the Earth, indigenous people are disenfranchised, areas depopulated, land sold
out from under residents whose families have lived on them for generation after generation, some times into the deep past of humanity.
Those who are disenfranchised become statistics, and are often forced into abject poverty, certainly in the third world, and even in the more
developed regions, like many places in South America. Wether it be logging for wood fuel, oil drilling, tin mining, or any other damned thing. Acres
of nature, and hundreds of thousands of people are being displaced or outright destroyed, purely to feed our need for fuel and the like. This causes
huge problems down the line, related to the enforced change and poverty inflicted on people, and the continual shrinking of what could have been
perfectly healthy and ancient rainforests, swamps, and other rich, biodiverse locales, which are essential for oxygen production.
The arguement over the CAUSE of global warming is, in my opinion, a massive red herring. The fact is that regardless of the cause, things are
changing at a fantastic rate. It may not be a rate that is unknown to archeology, and it may not be change that is unknown to geological records, but
it IS bloody fast, and having consequences for people and communities all over the world, right now. Island nations are getting inundated during
storms, and facing shrinking territory, as the sea reclaims the land from them. The ice caps are melting so fast that modern thinking would have us
believe that in the next fifty years, there will be barely any polar ice during the summer months, and that this effect is currently accelerating,
rather than slowing down, despite the efforts of those who are working to change our way of life for the healthier.
The crucial thing now, in my opinion, is to entirely cease the argument about who and what is causing the changes we are seeing, and instead act to
radically change the way we do everything from building houses and infrastructure, to the way we power our vehicles, powerstations, and homes. The
solar revolution collapsed on its backside because the funding that has been poured into it, has been deliberately squandered, research not taken to
its fullest logical conclusion, not followed through to a working product which performs well enough, cheaply enough to be practical.
Houses are still being built on flood plains, without any allowance for the likelihood that they will end up under water, we are still making houses
out of mined substances, rather than using only reclaimed materails.
Until sustainable solutions to power production, building techniques, manufacturing and infrastructure are found, then we are wasting our valueable
time. In low lying island nations, people are FINALLY getting to work on floating homes, with foundations built around pontoons, on which they may
lift during flooding. They are even begining work (which should have started YEARS ago) on concepts for floating cities. But these mere germs of ideas
are far to far behind the times, and unless they are adopted quickly and uniformly, we are going to be faced, in the next fifty years, by unheard of
calamity and torment as a species. Screw what individual nations are doing, this needs to be a world wide effort, co-ordinated, planned and completed
with absolute efficiency.
Politically there is also a massive incentive. If we deny the oil barons the right to dictate how much of our income we spend on the basic right of
heat for our families, light to see by, the ability to travel freely without harming ourselves or others with fumes and flammable products, then not
only will we be safter as a species, but we will have freed the entire human race from a tyranny that has claimed vast swathes of the population as
its subjects. We need to do this not for ourselves, not for our neighbors, and not for our planet, but for our FREEDOM.