mankind’s folly September 18, 2006Posted by Brad Richert in politics, science.
“This civilization is the work of man, who high-handedly and ignorant of the true workings of Nature, has created a world without meaning or foundation, which now threatens to destroy him, for through his behavior and his activities, he, who should be her master, has disturbed Nature’s inherent unity.” -Viktor Schauberger
What will our ignorance cost us in the end? Will our dreams of big houses and fast cars be worth it? Will the tyranny of other men be our main concern? Capitalism, for all of its wonders, sacrifices our planet, our poor, and our happiness in the name of the allowance for the American dream. The warning signs are here.
Jame Hansen, the head of NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies told America last Wednesday that the planet has a ten year window to divert major catastrophic changes in the climate. He estimates that if we continue this rate of carbon dioxide emission growth, the planet will rise by 2°C to 3°C (3.6°F to 7.2°F). Results: Manhattan will be sunk and 50% of species would become extinct. This is nothing new. Yet the New York Times back in April released a poll asking American’s what their main concern was. While 27% of Americans are concerned with the War in Iraq, only 2% are mainly concerned with the environment. Check out the rest of the poll:
- War In Iraq: 27
- Economy and Jobs: 13
- Immigration: 7
- Terrorism: 6
- Health Care: 5
- President Bush: 4
- Gas/heating oil crisis: 4
- Poverty/homelessness: 4
- Education: 3
- Moral/Family values: 2
- Environment: 2
- Budget deficit/national debt: 2
President Bush as blatantly stated that the reasoning for pulling out of Kyoto was because of the economic hardships it would bring to Americans. Yet Americans are footing the bill for an illegal war that does not concern their daily lives at a cost of $246,000,000 per day. Economists Joseph Stiglitz and Linda Bilms (former assistant secretary of commerce) have estimated that staying in Iraq for another four years will cost the nation $1,000,000,000,000 (yes, that is one trillion dollars). So, how much of that will matter when Ground Zero is under water? Where will that one trillion dollars have gone? What effect would this climate have on our economy? What will American’s think of immigration when they are the ones wanting to head south? Will nature be the new terrorist? Would George Bush apologize to James Hansen for editing his report on global warming?
The sick thing is, when we were destroying the planet it was because it was not immediate, it was for our future generations to worry about. Now it is on our doorstep and we still do not care. I would rather drive my Hummer.
Sources and more info:
- On Ten-Year Window
- On Arctic Ice Loss
- Harper’s Magazine (October 2006, p.32)
- Adbuster’s Magazine (September/October 2006)
- New York Times (April 23, 2006)
- Green Party of Canada
- Green Party USA
- Green Party of England and Wales
- An Inconvenient Truth