Posted by: reisendame | February 19, 2007

How many “second chances” will humans have on earth?

599px-the_earth_seen_from_apollo_17.jpgGlobal warming is an irreversible process, and one which could threaten the very existence of the human race. A growing number U.S. leaders are joining environmentalists in the crusade to legally limit the emission of gases that cause the greenhouse effect, all of which President Bush has rejected. He has, however, recommended the use of new technologies and alternative fuels instead. To me, these suggestions are simply not enough. Of course these areas should be explored, but in conjunction with serious efforts to decrease pollutive gases that are literally ruining our world. It seems as though our president doesn’t quite realize how dire these straits really are. There is a well known concept called the Gaia Hypothesis, which Bush should take a look at. Basically, this paradigm of nature suggests that the earth is a living, breathing organism that will do whatever is necessary in order to ensure its survival. This can have a number of implications, but the relevant point here is that the earth is not here for us. If we continue to poison the environment within our atmosphere, we can very possibly be wiped off the earth. First of all, the weather behaves at its own whim, regardless of human casualities. Think of the tsunami and the subsequent flooding of New Orleans (which, not surprisingly, Bush brushed off the list of his top priorities). And then there’s the polar ice caps. They are already melting- polar bears have been drowning because of the lack of solid ice. With all of our efforts towards war and the economy, I think some attention must be payed to the very ground upon which we stand and the air with which we breathe. The United States is a world leader, and it is of utmost importance that we set a truly good example for others. If we don’t learn to treat our planet with respect, we may eventually be rejected from its comforts. Maybe we should ask the dinosaurs what they think. Oh, wait…

Is U.S. on a tipping point with global warming?

An Inconvenient Truth

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  1. Ashley, I think this is the best post you’ve written this semester. It’s also the shortest!


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