I’ve been awake for, oh, about 5 hours now. In that time, it has snowed about 4½ inches outsides my apartment. With this in mind, I thought global warming might make an appropriate topic for my first post.
Now, if you read this blog often enough, you’ll find that I’m a pretty idealistic guy. Some might even call me a Democrat. (Some wouldn’t.) All that said, though, I can think of only one word to describe the idea that man is responsible for global climate change, and that word is “self-centered.”
In my world, two hypenated words count as one.
If what Wikipedia says is true, Earth is a planet. Now, I’m not sure how many of you are familiar with the concept of Pangaea, but basically, if you break down the Greek, pan- means “all”, and -gaea means, in this case, land. If you put them together, it means that the all the land is together, as one continent. This just so happens to be exactly how the earth looked up until the end of the Mesozoic era. Have you ever wondered why South America looks like it would fit ever so snugly into the concavity of western Africa? That’s because it did until about 250,000,000 years ago.
In that time, our blue marble of a planet has undergone some serious changes (extinction of the Dodo bird, what’s-his-name getting voted off the third season of Survivor, and two ice ages, to name a few). My point is, that Earth is constantly evolving. Whether we can see it or not, and whether we like it or not, it’s happening.
The fact that we think that we’re the cause of the temperature rising and falling is basically hilarious to me. This has been going on for billions of years, which, according to my calendar, started roughly billions of years before the Industrial Revolution. Now, don’t get me wrong here – I fully agree that we need to do all that we can to “be green” – but not because I feel like we’re going to (literally) change the world by doing so, but I think it’s important that we don’t produce so much waste. The amount of waste that we produce (in America, especially) is not only outlandish, but unacceptable. We have become a culture dependent on disposables. Going green is about keeping that hole in the ozone layer from growing, and keeping us from being able to go out into the damn sun. But, I digress.
The cause of global climate change is simple: The evolution of the Earth. The fact that more methane is being produced in areas outside of human development and inhabitation than ever before should signal this. Earth itself is the only thing that will shape Earth’s environment. The global temperature will continue to rise and fall, and all we can do as people is to adapt to it. Or, as they say in one of my favorite wiktionary entries, “BOHICA.”
Another ice age, I mean. Not the other thing.