Climate

Arrgh, Disaster looms!

Well, that will push people along and you might think it is a laudable warning to get people to solve the problem of climate change.

The argument it makes tacitly is that doing all the things we do is OK so long as the consequence is that we do not cause climate change, famine, total breakdown, etc.

I have a different argument on the ‘why’ of how we should proceed, which is this.

There may be room for argument about exactly what effect that man is having on global warming. But what is not in doubt is that we are destroying the Earth with pollution.

So I say don’t let arguments about global warming deflect from the fact that we should clean up the mess we are making irrespective of climate change. To stop polluting the planet doesn’t or shouldn’t need the justification that we are facing climate disaster.

A tree does not need to justify its existence. We do however need to justify destroying it, whether or not at some point down the road the fallen tree will get its innocent revenge by releasing CO2 and killing the planet.

Careful housekeeping – looking after the place and not treating it like a rubbish tip – is simply good manners and a show of gratitude for the benefits we receive from the place we live.


This image is The Garden Of Earthly Delights by Hieronymus Bosch. A very high resolution image is online on Wikipedia