Motives that move the World

Tracing the motives that move the world is not difficult. Although there are people whose motives is to seek to make the world  a better place, and even though such people may be the majority of people in the world, their efforts and ideas are subsumed by those who seek power, greedily. It is not is much that power corrupts, but those that seek power are already half corrupted by inclination.  Continue reading

Climate change; how humans are evolving into parasites

We live on our planet and have throughout the time when we have been living here lived as part of a complex process, getting our sustenance from the planet and when we die providing sustenance for the planet. It has been a balanced process, but we have been very successful in sharing the same table as all the other living organisms, so successful that we have increased our numbers, sometimes at the expense of other organisms as we compete for the basic things that support our lives.

But the position of humans sharing the planet with other life is changing and the change is best shown in climate change.

There are three problems related to climate change; and with each of them they both contribute to the rate of climate change and are adversely affected by climate change. They act as both fuel for the fire and as the fire itself.

The first problem is that of population growth. Put simply, the more people we have on this planet the more the people are going to affect its environment. More people, living longer means more greenhouse gas emissions as the people live, burn fuel, eat, consume resources and generally undertake all the activities which our planet looks as though it will increasingly fail to cope with. It is not good to say that there are too many people on the planet, but there are, as bad as it is to say that.

The second problem is that of water; the hotter the atmosphere becomes the greater effect on water. There is more water vapour in the atmosphere, which in itself is a greenhouse gas. More water vapour means that the climate of specific areas is changing; some places that need rainfall do not have it and other places that do not need rainfall have more rainfall. Many parts of the world are now suffering from drought; many parts of Africa have drought and we see the results with people starving because the crops will not grow. Other parts of the world, like Southern California have been suffering from drought, but the wealth and ingenuity of the developed United States disguises the drought as water is brought in from other parts on a scale that Africa can only dream about.

The third problem is that of energy; we have a finite supply of fossil fuel energy and we are intent, as a species, of using it all up. There are alternatives, which are more expensive but we are very unwilling to invest in the long term energy requirements.

The three problems also inter react and inter relate with each other. More people means we need more fresh water for drinking and for crops and more people also mean more energy is needed. The more energy we use, the more people we can sustain, so use of energy increases population, as well as population being able to increase because more energy is available. More energy means that we change the climate more.

I fear that humans are rapidly evolving from beings that share the fruits of the planet with other life into parasitic beings; they are, as they have always done, affecting the environment and changing it. The changes have been in the past quite drastic; for example parts of Africa have changed from a bread basket into a desert.

But humans have managed the changes, or at least some of them have managed the changes successfully. They have moved to new places, learnt the lessons and re established communities where they prospered.

Our numbers and the resources that we use are now so large, so unimaginably unmanageable that we humans now have become a threat to our planet, and yet we continue to multiply and use resources that are in finite supply and the effect of this is to damage the very place where we live. We are rapidly evolving into organisms that are parasitic in their ways of life. Parasites always destroy their host and having destroyed it move to another host.

The warnings of climate change, drought and energy use are clear; unless we change our ways we shall destroy our host, but without there being any other host to inhabit.