Climate change is a pressing issue we must address now, even if some of us cannot wrap our heads around the ample evidence indicating how dangerous changes in our climate have emerged, are occurring, and are predicted to cause the growing population of humanity compounding problems.
The logic to clean up our climate act is as simple as the fatherly duty I deploy when my 15-old daughter’s bedroom looks like a bomb just exploded, clothes scattered around, covering every conceivable walkway in her room. Since it is hard to convey the importance of preemptive measures bound to pay forward dividends to a young child, I simply tell her each time she is grounded until she cleans her room.
Her room being a mess may be related to her developing brain, known scientifically to be much broader in purview and shallower in-depth than that of a grownup, but I do not need a scientist to reassure me it is time for the room to be cleaned. There are much “more practical” issues to consider here, like how to find the earrings my dear daughter wants to wear on her evening out, hidden somewhere amongst a pile of clothes.
Similarly, it is not hard to imagine many people will not be able to find their house anymore when water-levels keep rising. We must act now, regardless of the reasons.
Roads in Pacifica, California near San Francisco are now converted into walking trails because of the frequent and excessive flooding, with many houses falling off the cliffs. On the east coast, home-owners Hilton Head Island, South Carolina are now building concrete retention walls to fend off yearly hurricane tides, after elevating their precious beachside pools.
New Jersey is having to introduce stricter rebuild rules, under (former) governor Chris Christie in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, to ensure Americans do not keep footing the bill for recurring climate change ignorance.
Our universe is expanding at an accelerated pace, with stars moving away from each other and the availability of planetary resources diminishing, courtesy of evolution as observed by cosmology. A thankfully slow but deliberate process.
“The most incomprehensible thing about the universe is that it is comprehensible.” — Albert Einstein
Our planet is not alone. Our universe consists of four-hundred billion galaxies, each with a hundred billions stars, each surrounded by a variable amount of planets, nine in our solar system. A star, like our sun, is dying every second in the observable part of our galaxy. Nothing suggests our sun and planet earth will be the exception. There is no infinite existence of anything.
Sustainability, so feverishly promulgated by humanitarian ignoramuses is the precise cause of the irresponsible use of nature’s resources, causing an anthropogenic cascade. For when we assume resources exist forever, we use them in abundance until those resources are suddenly depleted, and we find ourself caught in an evolutionary lie. Sustainability, therefore, is not the savior but an accelerant to human demise.
“Growth for the sake of growth is the ideology of a cancer cell.” — Edward Abbey, American Environmentalist
Instead, everything in our observable universe revolves around renewal, the quality of finite individual lives as a species contributing to the prolonging of its evolutionary life-span and that of its interdepedents.
All species on our planet are continually evolving and adapting to the resources available to them, whereby the renewal of any species is correlated to the renewal of resources upon which the evolution of a species depends. If the plethora of resources changes beyond the adaptability of the dependent species, the species will die off and go extinct, causing a cascading effect on all of its interdependents.
Our planet is merely a microcosm, a life incubator of what happens in our universe, with the same principles operating in a realm of general relativity – discovered by Einstein – guiding the development of everything.
The prolonging of life of the human species is dependent on how well we preserve and how little we disturb the natural evolution of everything on our planet. By recognizing the principles of nature, we can anticipate and adapt to the changes imposed on us by nature.
We, humans, are the most intelligent species on our planet, if counting the number of neurons in our cerebral cortex is an accurate indicator of intelligence.
We trump an elephant in intelligence despite the elephant’s much larger brain, as most of the elephant neurons are “merely” devoted to sensory capabilities. And yet, the elephant species, as one of the last dinosaurs close to extinction, has already lived much longer than the human species.
The bee species with less than one hundreds of the neurons of the human species is bound to outlive the human species sixteen thousand times over. Evidence that intelligence is not at all the critical contributor to longevity. Intelligence – if applied correctly – can be an extremely valuable contributor to the composite of adaptability spawning longevity.
Homo Sapiens barely survived the planes of Africa by moving north and wiping out Homo Erectus, Neanderthal, and Denisovan humanoids as evidence our unique intelligence superbly aided our invincibility. We invented tools for catching prey and built systems of collaboration to gain the upper hand and brutally defeated our genetic cousins. Coexistence – apparently – was not an option.
Without another animal left to defend ourselves from we turned our intelligence on ourselves. We built systems of control, in violation of nature’s principles, that artificially separate the haves from the have nots. We invented the concept of money that spoon-feeds our stolen freedom back only to those willing to submit and enslave themselves to merit that is utterly uncorrelated to our evolutionary renewal as a species.
Today, our society applauds a vile-maxim of self-interest that trashes everything along the way to achieve its narrow-minded objectives. It consistently narrows the human purview to how to take advantage over another human-being while ignoring how the expanding fractal of human ingenuity derived from collaboration is so crucial in meeting the expanding requirements of an evolving and perfecting equilibrium with nature.
The point is; the manmade systems by which we aim to manage ourselves violate the most basic principles of nature and thus develop a narrow expertise in humans, unable to maximize the dynamically expanding fractal needed for humanity to survive. Worse, the obsessive indulgence with wealth as a state of money deflates the need for a diverse state of mind required to adapt to evolutionary change and reinvent ourselves anew.
The serious violations of nature’s rule from the convulsions of human ignorance and solipsism have become apparent to almost every bright-eyed and bushy-tailed person by now. Evolution does not care about our existence, and our planet will recover in about a thousand years after we have become extinct. The party on earth, so to speak, will go on without us for another 3.5 billion years.
The challenge of the human species is to ride it out for as long as possible, and to define the excellence of a plurality of evolving and collaborating societies capable of strengthening human adaptability, subsequently able to anticipate and cope with anything nature throws our way.
We must respond with the urgency, realism, and intelligence that demonstrate we genuinely care about the next generations and to allow them to benefit from the valuable lessons we learned, including what not to do.
And what not to do is to remain ignorant of climate change, no matter what caused it. What to do is no longer to rely on the whims of human morality but to improve the human operating system that determines what we collectively can and must discover. Climate change can only successfully be addressed by humanity operating by evolutionary proxy.
Let us not set up the next generation as the last of the Mohicans.