Saving The Planet

I am really tired of reading and hearing news reports and interviews on “saving the planet”. 

It’s not the planet that has to be saved. It is humanity. Or, saving humanity from itself. Regardless of what the human race does or does not do, the planet will continue to survive, long after we humans have wiped ourselves out. There are roughly another 5 billion years ahead for this planet before it is consumed by the sun which will have become just another dying star in a universe inhabited by billions of dying stars.

We, the one remaining biped ape, are a squabbling, quarrelsome bunch. Many are religious fundamentalists of some sect or belief who have undying faith that some invisible man who lives in the sky will swoop down one day to save all those who believe, from environmental armageddon. I should digress for a moment to point out there are now an estimated 4,300 religions and sub religions existing in the world today each with a belief in an invisible man in the sky with universal powers, otherwise known as God. Does this mean there are 4,300 gods?

The big problem today is not saving the planet; it is about saving us from plastic. It is not a non-event scare such as Y2K. Plastic is stifling this planet. It is being consumed by the sea-life and land animals we consume. Ergo, humans are consuming plastic in ever-increasing amounts. The Great Lakes are now polluted with microplastic balls; as are the fish that inhabit the lakes. There are now 8 million metric tonnes of plastic discarded into the oceans each year. Glaciers all over the world are retreating with a dire recent warning that Canadian glaciers will disappear in another 50 years, creating rising ocean levels that we are far from prepared for. Global warming and ever-increasing storm intensity will place people who live near coastlines, rich or poor, in peril.

So, saving the planet? The earth has been here for an estimated 4 billion years. Modern homo sapiens have been around for about 100,000 years, give or take. Neanderthals, who died out around 35,000 years ago were around for about 450,000 years. What are the chances of our species lasting that long? As long as we have wars, religious conflict, greed, power struggles, unchecked pollution, greenhouse gases, and destruction of our forests and oceans, the future for homo sapiens could be dire.

Got a comment on global warming, climate change, and the fate of our species. I would love to hear from you. 


Written by Michael Trigg

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One Comment

  1. I enjoyed your perspective, that it is us that is in danger. Earth will continue on and heal itself eventually. Do cite your sources though, or hyperlink them.

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