We watched a PBS documentary recently called “Extreme Ice.” Cameras were set up in Greenland and time lapse photos were taken over a one year period to see what was happening to the ice caps.
Spectacular documentation of melting resulted. One scientist, with a deer-in-the-headlights look on his face was quoted as saying, “we don’t know exactly what this means, but it’s probably nothing good.”
In the 4.1 billion years – give or take – that this planet Earth has existed, it has undergone catastrophic climate changes and resulting extinctions.
We’re watching another one. In the 10,000 years of modern civilization, we’ve arrived at the point of 200 species extinctions a day. Plankton is disappearing from the oceans, replaced with garbage islands the size of Texas. Climate change is occurring again.
At the same time, we’re in peak oil. We’ve already extracted the cheap and easy oil from the earth. It’s only going to get harder and more expensive in the years to come. Tar sands, fracking, mountain top removal, deep water drilling, bio-fuels, solar and wind power are not going to save us. They will only speed up the degradation of the soil that comprises the earth.
The confluence of these facts with the increasing authoritarian powers of “western civilization”, along with economic collapse does not bode well.
I’m a nobody from nowhere howling at the moon. Not an intellectual, not even particularly intelligent, but the facts are before us. There are seven billion people living on a planet that has overshot its carrying capacity. There are finite resources on a finite planet. We can dig and drill and exploit and ruin and pollute and it’s all going to crash.
This was a gorgeous planet. Its sole mistake was to give rise to homo sapiens. Homo sapiens alone has, in a mere 10,000 years, destroyed other species at a rate of 200 a day and we’re not going to quit until there is nothing left.
If that’s not a death wish, I don’t know what is.