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Earth in the balance 
21st-Apr-2010 09:37 pm
Burning Earth
The Earth is in danger.

The Earth is in delicate balance.

The Earth needs our (humanity's) protection.

Let's have a look at some of the Earth's history and some fascinating animals.

The Earth is about 4.5 billion years old with life having started some 3.5 billion years ago. During that time it has experienced global extinctions due to vulcanism. A Permian era volcano ignited a coal deposit and dumped massive amounts of greenhouse gasses into the atmosphere. Our beloved Earth has been impacted by meteors and asteroids numerous times. There have been four ice ages. We are in one right now, in fact, and our warm temperatures are a brief interlude between the glacial advances.

And yet life goes on...

There are many living fossils:

The horseshoe crab has been around for about 300 million years.

The Wollemi Pine has been around for more than 175 million years.

The coelacanth has been around for more than 65 million years.

The Laotian Rock Rat has been around for 11 million years and is thought that it may even be fairly common nowadays.

Army ants have lived unchanged for 100 million years.

Humans (hominids) are barely here - we are a tiny blip in the history of Earth. The earliest fossils of hominins go back 4 million years. Modern humans are a mere 200,000 years old, however. Geologically, we don't even exist.

There is a class of life forms that live in extreme environments called extremophiles. These organisms live and thrive in acid, brine, boiling water, and freezing temperatures.

More familiar (and easier to actually see) are some life forms I consider extreme:

The giant tube worm lives at depths of 5000 feet near hydrothermal vents on the ocean floor.

Desert plants such as cacti, mesquite, and creosote do extremely well in arid environments.

So we see that life is pervasive. Life is adaptable. Life is hardy.

We see that the Earth is not the delicate soap bubble about to pop because of humans.

We also see that the Earth changes temperature without Man's help.

We cannot destroy the planet. It is sheer arrogance to believe that we can have that much effect on a 4.7 billion year old 6 sextillion metric ton glob of rock and water floating in the endless void of the vacuum of space and being bombarded by a fusion reactor emitting 1.4 x 10^31 Joules of energy every hour.

FALSE: The Earth is in danger.

FALSE: The Earth is in delicate balance.

FALSE: The Earth needs our (humanity's) protection.

Just say "no" to Earth Day. It is a lie.
22nd-Apr-2010 05:51 am (UTC)
I've already posted my reasons for not going organic, but I do find there are common sense reasons to be 'environmentally friendly'...

Landfills are running out of room. Considering the potential problems related to landfills with stuff leaking out, I find it makes sense to recycle.

Fossil Fuels are a finite resource. If we are profligate in our usage, it will be nonexistant that much faster. Plus, as they become harder to find, they will become more expensive.

Studies have shown that the dirtier the air, the more likely people who breathe it are to have asthma.

We ALL drink water. The less crap we pit in it, the less energy is spent to clean it.

So whether or not you believe in human caused global warming, it still makes sense to follow the practuces advocated.
22nd-Apr-2010 02:22 pm (UTC) - Yes and No
1) You miss my points.
2) You get it.

1 -- In my post, I refuted the three main points that the environmentalists like to push. The Earth (planet) is in no danger from us pitiful humans. We could explode every nuke on the planet and in a million years you'd never know it. There may be no humans (or there might be - nature is funny that way) but the Earth would still be here and do just fine. Earth Day is more about Socialist power grabs, corporate revenue streams, and more money for politicians

2 -- You get it that REAL environmentalism is about improved quality of life. I have been consistent on this point. But the governments of the world seem more interested in LOWERING people's quality of life instead of raising up the least of us.

Edited at 2010-04-22 02:23 pm (UTC)
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