A PLANET IN CRISIS, TIME TO GROW UP AND SAVE MOTHER EARTH

A planet in crisis

“Nowadays man finds himself to be a technical giant and an ethical child.”

Humanity, in essence, is in a race between potency and awareness.

The outcome will determine the quality of our species’

journey and will leave an indelible mark,

for better or worse, on the planet we inhabit.

A few years ago, I proposed that we are experiencing

“puberty on the scale of a planet.”

Global trends echo that awkward, sometimes damaging,

transition from teenage-style ebullience

To the more measured norms of adulthood.

And just as a teenager resists calls from elders to grow up, societies

– only naturally – have been initially resistant to scientists’

warnings of irreversible damage to the planet’s biological patrimony,

risks attending unabated climate change and long-distance

impacts of consumptive resource appetites.

Cardinal Oscar Andres Rodriguez Maradiaga

Daily Emergencies

We live in a time of constant crisis, the problem with this is like when you live in a big city in America or any other place on Earth, on my long commute to work twice, the daily back and forth from home to work, and back, I am stop by traffic sirens at least three or fourth times, sometimes more, to the point you become immune to the thought  that in the whining and pesky ambulance there may be a person dying… I know the bus driver pull to the side of the road fulfilling his side of the bargain, his/hers civil duty, but this not stop of becoming a nuisance too often repeated until you become immune to the  thought there is someone who need instant medical attention his life in danger, this is an  analogy to the repeated but now old news, and most likely, every time we skip the article were a new evidence for Global warming, contamination of soils, or fresh water resources, depletion of natural resources, the dying of species, etc.

Just to illustrate the degree of biodiversity loss we’re facing, let’s take you through one scientific analysis:

  • The rapid loss of species we are seeing today is estimated by experts to be between 1,000 and 10,000 times higher than the natural extinction rate.

  • These experts calculate that between 0.01 and 0.1% of all species will become extinct each year.

  • If the low estimate of the number of species out there is true – i.e. that there are around 2 million different species on our planet** –  then that means between 200 and 2,000 extinctions occur every year.

  • But if the upper estimate of species numbers is true – that there are 100 million different species co-existing with us on our planet – then between 10,000 and 100,000 species are becoming extinct each year

That could be then between 27.3  to a whooping 274 species eliminated of the face of the Earth daily! The figures are staggering one way or worst the other one!

Unlike the mass extinction events of geological history, the current extinction challenge is one for which a single species – ours – appears to be almost wholly responsible.

This is often referred to as the 6th extinction crisis, after the 5 known extinction waves in geological history.

 

So without arguing about who’s right or wrong.

 

Or what the exact numbers are.

 

There can be little debate that there is, in fact, a very serious biodiversity crisis.

Whales Beached

TIME TO GROW UP

We live a crisis that fundamentally encompass every sphere, or dimension of Man; Physically, too many, economically, too much, with big inequalities, educationally, too little, politically, a joke, our governments not only do nothing, they are big part of the problem, spiritually, totally bankrupt. I will not add more dimensions since we are lacking  in almost everything, but it’s easy to see the thread to our maladies, form ancient times through religion we have been told that Man it’s the Vice-regent of God on Earth, well I know some people would argue this point, but it’s of no doubt our responsibility in this crisis, we want it or not, we are now responsible of what it’s happening in this crisis, so it’s time to grow up, and act as responsible adults, period.

This entitle us to each one of us to act responsibly and fulfill our duties as managers if you dislike the term Vice-regent and start facing up responsibility in our daily living, or our own survival as a specie will be in doubt.

This means to live with no waste, less growth (sorry for those who believe we have to live with more, we no longer can afford to deplete the finite natural resources like water, food, and biodiversity to make your pockets bigger at the expense of a degradation, and ultimately endangerment of life on Earth) The party it’s over time to clean up the mess and look for a way to solve the crisis, one thing it’s certain our way of life has to be different.

Our leaders in government can’t be drive by greed and following outdated economical models, the goals of economy policies need to be rewritten, in accordance with the new scientific ecological conservationism efforts in mind, forget the idea of running government as a business model, it’s not working, and is responsible of the crisis. Conservation, and wise management of resources should trump greed, and a right to destroy in order to profit.

Economics of small scale, and strategic planning to reduce  our impact on nature based on wise and sound measures of production with little or no waste, of non renewable resources should be implemented. As for the efficacy of producing wealth, this should be of no concern or at least secondary, immediate action to reduce population in the form of regulation of birth control  world wide should be adopted as soon as possible.

Education should be an effort worldwide, revision, and elimination of outdated forms of education needs to be eliminated as our current models in our centers of education, teaching ecological conservation, and sustainable economical models rather than the old let’s rip mother Earth apart in order to make a buck need to be discarded totally. The selling of our natural resources by our governments in the form of concessions to companies and capital to despoil nature should not exist,  or only be lightly penalized for despoiling Earth, but criminalized heavily to deter perpetrators, waste regulations of any kind strictly enforced.

I know all this may seem  radical, and too much for conservative minds to take, but in fact I believe that only will take a few years for more, and bigger catastrophes  to make clear this state of affairs can’t continue, imagine this; having to abandon the city you love, and your property, just because either there is no water to sustain life, or there is too much of it and you are underwater!

House under water

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38 Responses to A PLANET IN CRISIS, TIME TO GROW UP AND SAVE MOTHER EARTH

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  2. Aquileana says:

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  5. you are so right about people with conservative minds not allowing themselves to believe and understand what is staring us all in the face! I was out with my mother and stepdad last night and was practically exploding from trying to keep my temper in check when the topic turned to climate change. I had a serious case of indigestion when I got home from the effort of it all! How can they be so blind????
    Boggles my mind!

    • theburningheart says:

      Myself almost pessimistic about the whole thing, it seems we only get interested when it affect us directly, but we could care less if a small Island country goes underwater!

      I guess things have to get a lot worst and disaster knock on our doors. for people to wake up.

      Thank you for your comment! 🙂

    • I know of that feeling… It may seem frightening for a bit – so, we heal our minds with hope, faith ,charity (love and acceptance), restraint, courage and fortitude… we build our positive loving kindness sense of purpose and these concerns will come to us for our expertise of comfort eventually.

      Trust in your spiritual loving kindness self and let the ego judgement fade into the unreality of its delight. We needn’t be right if we look inward with true enthusiasm there is the real knowledge right where it was since we were but a glimmer of spirit entering into the womb of life.

      Blessings dear friend… we are the blessings that see divine guidance… and we are blessed as we give rather than want to be given to.

      ~ Eric

  6. Ileana says:

    I come to you with love Especially for You much happiness and good health transmits the iubire.Va want a magical evening and a good night sleep and blessed.


  7. Thank you for posting these concerns
    While it is necessary that we enjoy the lives we choose,
    it is also necessary that we should be good stewards of the planet
    share its resources, eliminate injustice and bring order
    as well as appreciate the divine beauty and diversity

    Blessings;
    ~Eric

  8. mjh333 says:

    Well put, the world needs more people on you level!

  9. A powerful piece of writing!

  10. BroadBlogs says:

    So important! Keep spreading the word.

  11. I thank you really very much tackling this highly important and very current topic. I only hope that we, the human beings, will understand before it is too late that less ( in every sense) would be more. I very much appreciate your deep thoughts. Very best regards

  12. It is astonishing to me how many people still think global warming is a hoax. More astonishing is how many credentialed “scientists” contend is is not true according to their “alleged”acts. There is no denying that the earth will go through climate cycles in its lifetime due to sun spots and solar flares but there is no denying the impact of human footprint which has not been a factor prior to 200 years ago.

    • theburningheart says:

      The extreme weather of the last decades over the world has been a bell warning to anyone, some of these deniers are tied to corporations, specially in the oil industry, who of course have invested interests in propagating doubt about it.

      Thank you for your comment. 🙂

  13. Fascinating how many varied opinions. Thoughtful piece. Thanks, Brenda

  14. Yoshiko says:

    Good and strong argumentative factual message

  15. You share important truth that needs telling. We do need to change our ways to heal the earth. There is still hope.

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