The issue of global warming has been bugging me for a while now so I thought I’d post some comments for discussion.
There is no doubt that we, as humans, have left our mark on the earth, we are after all the species that has dominated so far. But, I cannot help to think that it is human arrogance to assume that we have the power to circumvent Mother Nature’s ability to control nature. For those of us who believe in God, it is even more arrogant to think we have the power to destroy one of God’s greatest achievements!
We have free will and for the most part we have the ability to manipulate our surroundings – but there is a power greater than the sum of all of us that still dictates how far and how much we are allowed to destroy. Nature is our check and balance. Just look at our inability to explore other planets within our solar system, much less other systems. We have advanced technologically but some power still limits our ability to outpace nature’s limits on us. We still have not conquered weather and there is still much to explore on earth and in the seas. Although it looks and feels like we have mastered our destinies, the truth is that we are still infants when it comes to understanding, much less, overcoming Mother Nature.
Nature has checks and balances for all systems that affect it. Eventually Mother Nature says it’s time for a change and it happens. Just look at the dinosaurs. Does that mean that we are on the verge of extinction? Maybe, but I doubt so.
I also question the motives of the scientists that base statistical models about temperature on unproven data gathering methods. I am not a scientist but I know that thermometers with a standard measuring unit did not come into existence until the 18th century, data collection later than that. So if our assumptions are based on “tree rings” or other theories than it stands to reason that such theories, in order to be valid, must hold true now as well as in the past. My limited understanding of those is that there are inconsistencies in them when compared against today’s data sets.
Am I advocating that weather pattern changes are not happening? Am I saying that we humans have not significantly altered our environment? No. What I’m questioning is the doom and gloom that seems to be emanating from some who have a stake in the doom and gloom whether it is the mass media selling stories, or the governments looking for handouts or the green industry developing products around it. I especially question our ability, as humans, to have such a detrimental effect on Mother Nature that we would destroy her.
Evolution is the process that gave us the opportunity to evolve our ability to have the arrogance to think we have the power to alter Mother Nature. Temperature change is part of that evolutionary process. We didn’t always have warm weather like we do today but we’ve also had ice ages that gave us the opportunity to evolve. Weather related events are just a continuation of our evolutionary process.
If we are to assume that the green movement is correct and we are about to extinct ourselves or the animals around us then the only solution is to erase all of our achievements as a race and return to the Stone Age. Animals and creatures have ceased to exist even before we made an impact on earth. To think that eliminating one airplane flight or removing one car is the solution then we return to my original premise – we are just too arrogant when we assume that we really do have the ability to circumvent the greater power around us.