Climate Disasters and Us

As we become more aware of the weather and its recent severity, it is time to start asking ourselves a lot of questions. What is the reason for this extreme weather? What is it connected to? What can we change to minimize the damage in the future?

There are two prevalent perspectives among climate scientists about global warming in addition to numerous other opinions about this issue. So the question needs to be asked: How can we know which “opinions” are reliable if science itself is still busy working out various theories, and with the opinions being so far from each other?

1) Theory 1: Earth’s Climate Is Changing Due to Human Activity

NASA’s website Global Climate Change, Vital Signs of the Planet includes many pictorial and longitudinal measures and indicators demonstrating changes in earth’s climate including the increasing average global temperature since 1880. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which includes 1300 US scientists states,” … small changes in temperature correspond to enormous changes in the environment.” The panel attributes warming to the release of greenhouse gases from human activity and reports that it is already causing observable impacts to the environment.

2)      Theory 2: Man’s Actions Are Not Responsible for Global Warming

No less than 49 NASA scientists dispute man’s hand in producing global warming and admonished NASA for advocating “an extreme position.” They “believe the claims made by NASA and GISS [Goddard Institute for Space Studies], that man-made carbon dioxide is having a catastrophic impact on global climate change are not substantiated” contending that “science is NOT settled” on the matter. Their concern is for the possible tarnishing of NASA’s reputation.

There are many opinions, so who is right? For the average person it is difficult to make a clear decision beyond a shadow of a doubt. Science is trying to present itself as empirical while demonstrating to us that it is not so empirical, and there may still be some factors that are not being taken into consideration.  One thing is clear:  Until science decides which theory is correct we have a ticking bomb in our home.

The whole issue of our taking advantage of nature in the most careless and unforgiving manner is impossible to understand.  After all, it is not as if we have some other home. If we do not learn how to look after what we have, how can we look forward to any kind of future?

There is a much more serious issue at stake here than anything science can or is willing to present: how to maintain the proper balance with nature to enable continued growth. Observing the way we relate to ourselves as a society and the world around us is not a pretty picture. The ongoing conflict between humanity and its natural environment will continue to impact the environment negatively, but even more worrisome is how significantly it will change the human race. Altering these two trends has the potential to bring about a state where there is no longer a constant conflict between man and his natural surroundings. It is all up to us.

Mother Nature is a rigid and incredibly balanced system of forces, and that is a fact no one can dispute. The only element in Nature that constitutes a lack of balance is man himself.  Historically man and Nature maintained a good relationship. There were changes and disasters along the way, but in general, they maintained their existence side by side. In the last decades, humanity has grown by leaps and bounds and is revealing a multi-faceted crisis along with it in the economy, education, culture, politics, and Nature as well.  This includes the poisoning of waters, pollution of the air, overuse of oil, extinction of plant and animal species, and so on and so forth. The list is very long.

Getting stuck on pessimistic outlooks at the moment is a form of giving up; ignoring it is a form of contempt for human intelligence. So where does that leave us? To deal with it. At the moment there is more hidden than revealed, and it is difficult to understand what we are heading toward due to a lack of data and knowledge and because it is the first time we are dealing with an issue of these proportions.

Yet we still have our common denominator: This is the only planet we have at the moment until proven otherwise. This is the only life we have and we were not put here to suffer. Just the opposite is true. Everything about our lives indicates that we love to enjoy ourselves, seek satisfaction and beauty. We have a natural inclination to fulfill our earthly needs and desires. So it is clear that the problem is not about the essence of man who wants to enjoy life, but rather the way we go about it. Nature exists in all its glory, Earth provides all the material needs necessary, and we are actually not short of anything here except the proper management of our resources. Any successful or failing business all comes down to management at the end of the day, and even our body is not worth much without the incredible management system called the brain.

So there is a world, which has a society within it, which has a man within it, and they are meant to manage their lives in proper balance so we can rise above the tsunamis, volcanoes, earthquakes, and any other obstacles. How? It is not clear yet. What is clear is that we must understand the conflict existing between man and Nature, knowing that the entire crux of our existence rests upon it.