Why Ten Years? a theological blog 27- xi – 19

A theological blog 27 – xi – 19

WHY DO WE ONLY HAVE TEN YEARS TO SAVE THE PLANET?

 

THE AMOUNT OF CARBON WE ARE EMITTING IS NEGLIGIBLE COMPARED WITH NATURE.  EVERYTHING THAT DIES SURRENDERS CARBON.  BUT NATURE NEUTRALIZES THESE VAST EMISSIONS WITH COOLING MECHANISMS, MAINLY FOUR: TREES, SOIL AND OCEAN ALGAE THAT STORE CARBON AND THE POLAR ICE CAPS THAT (USED TO) REFLECT 30% OF THE SUN’S HEAT BACK INTO SPACE. WHAT WE ARE DOING IS DISABLING THE COOLING MECHANISMS.  ONCE WE HAVE DONE IT ENOUGH, AND WE ARE NEARLY THERE, ALL THAT SEQUESTERED CARBON WILL SUDDENLY ENTER THE ATMOSPHERE.

 

BUT IT’S WORSE THAN THAT.  DISABLED COOLING MECHANISMS NOT ONLY STOP WORKING.  THEY START ADDING TO GLOBAL WARMING.  EVERY TREE THAT CATCHES FIRE SURRENDERS CARBON.  ALGAE DYING FROM CARBON POISONING POISON THE OCEAN THAT MUCH MORE.  ICE THAT TURNS INTO WATER EMITS HEAT.  THIS IS WHY GALLOPING POSITIVE FEEDBACK IS THE DYNAMIC OF CLIMATE CHANGE.  WORSE LEADS TO STILL WORSE.  WE COULD SEE WHOLE COUNTRIES DROWNING, MUCH OF THE EARTH’S MOST FERTILE LAND GOING UNDER WATER, INCLUDING EAST ANGLIA AND THE FENS, MILLIONS STARVING, FEROCIOUS HURRICANES AND DROUGHTS, HUNDREDS OF MILLIONS OF CLIMATE REFUGEES AND ALMOST CERTAINY VICIOUS RESOURCE WARS, LEADING ULTIMATELY AND INEVITABLY TO AN UNINHABITABLE EARTH.  ONCE WE TRIGGER RUNAWAY CLIMATE CHANGE THIS IS WHAT WILL HAPPEN.  MAYBE THE CONSERVATIVE MANIFESTO DIDN’T TELL YOU ABOUT ALL THIS.

 

BUT BE HAPPPY.  IF WE ACT DECISIVELY NOW WE CAN  CREATE A BETTER, GREENER POST-FOSSIL FUEL EARTH.  LAB-CULTURED MEAT, NUCEAR FUSION, ELECTRIC AND MAYBE HYDROGEN PLANES AND PERHAPS A UNIFIED AND GREATER HUMANIZING OF MANKIND. BUT WE HAVE TO MAKE THE BIG TURN AROUND IN THE NEXT TEN YEARS.  NOW NOW.  CAN WE DO IT?  YES WE CAN.  WHAT A THRILLING TIME TO BE ALIVE.  AN EXCITING NEW AGE IS IN OUR GRASP.

 

 

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