Tomorrow is Earth Day, as if you didn’t know.
I consider myself to be pretty aware and concerned about all things Earth. I love the Earth. I love hiking and exploring my little part of the Earth. I’m concerned about the effects that civilization is having on the health of the Earth. I worry about drinking water. I worry about desertification. I worry about endangered species.
Without the Earth, what would I have?
I went to university to study Environmental Science. I didn’t leave university with a Environmental Science degree – which in retrospect was a really stupid call on my part – but at the time my decisions to constantly change my major and not really have anything resembling a plan for the future or some kind of job prospect or something remotely as intelligent as a plan of any type for what to do after graduation seemed like a good idea while I was still in school. Things, I figured, would fall into place.
In a way, I suppose, things did fall into place. Most of my adult work has involved science/environment/education in some way. This includes volunteer activities.
So, you’d think that I’d be right on board with all things environmental and global warmingy.
While most indications are that the Earth is warming up, I find it hard to wade through all the minutiae of the subject to come to a clear picture about the why or how. Chances are nobody really knows what the ‘clear picture’ is. Scientists like to say things with iron-fisted confidence, but science has been proven wrong, on occasion.
Why is the world warming up? It’s pretty naive to poo-poo humanities contribution to the event, but as individuals and as a species we are very myopic and quick to jump on impressive looking band-wagons.
Even with all our investigative tools and brain power we are still only privy to a very small chunk of the world picture. We live for a brief, insignificant poof of time and then we are gone. We rely on the words and deeds of our ancestors to help us gain a slightly more broad picture of the world. We use tools to study and analyze the world and its environment for thousands and millions of years into the past.
And yet, no matter what some people claim, scientists are just as clueless about the world as a four-year old trying to make sense of Faulkner’s The Sound and the Fury.
The problem is that most initiatives have as much political motivation as they have good intentions. Scientists are not immune to these pressures.
Check out this article from the Canadian Free Press about why Global Warming isn’t actually happening. The article by Alan Caruba has it’s own political motivations behind it, but makes some interesting points. The most important of which is that as well intentioned the crust of the environmental movement may be, they rely on propaganda as much as anyone else. As much as I’m pro-environment and anti-capitalist, I agree. Most people are not motivated by self-sacrifice for no personal gain.
Caruba made an interesting statement, “Science has confirmed that the Earth’s average temperature has, since 1998, turned demonstrably cooler.” This goes against typical thinking today that the Earth’s average temperature is warming. I found this intriguing, so I emailed the authour to ask for a source for this statement. He responded with a link to this article.
I will admit that the name of the site, Capitalism Magazine, made me automatically suspicious. There is a standard dividing-line with environmentalists on one side and capitalists on the other. The article also doesn’t mention that the Earth is cooling, but relates ideas as to why global warming is less human induced and more a part of the Earth’s natural cycle.
Although I can appreciate some of the things that Mr. Caruba states in his article and on his web site, I still do not have confirmation about much of the information he purports to be fact. I want to know what the source is for the statement he made, and which I quoted above.
I also question the sensibility of ignoring the impact of humans on the environment. I would rather be wrong about global warming and other human-induced impacts and yet still work towards a positive, livable society, rather than be right and just ignore it.
The funniest thing about proponents for each side of the issue is that they both claim to have thousands of scientists backing their opinions. The sad thing is that this is most likely true, each side probably does have thousands of scientists willing to go to battle for it.
I think we should all reflect on what is important to us. What is purpose? What is the point of ‘having’ rather than ‘doing’? Why should we even care what happens to the world?
Even if Earth Day is some socialist driven, brain washing event, it’s a better option than the alternative – brainwashing people into believing that everything is perfectly fine. “Move along people. Nothing to see here,” as Officer Barbrady would say.
I’d would prefer to spend the day in contemplation of the wonderful natural bounty of the Earth, rather than spend the day in a mall in contemplation of all the colourful and useless items for sale.