Life On EARTH and How it Will Continue
War and the Lack of Blue Skies
Recently there has been an invasion of Europe by Islamic people. Some have fled a war zone. others may be entering Europe for sinister reasons.
It seems all too possible that in some parts of the Islamic world population growth has resulted in the usual mix of the dreaded Four Horseman of legend.
The Four Horseman? The biblical symbols for the ultimate in Conquest, War, Famine and Death. They are said to bring about the end of days for humans on earth.
Conquest of course becomes necessary when you have human overpopulation. But the world is a finite place so eventually you must have war followed by famine and death.
Already in Australia there have been clashes with those who do not want to be ruled over by any strict religion and those who demand that everyone is ruled over by a strict religion.
In 1980s Australia it was Fred Nile pushing a more radical form of Christianity. Today there are Muslim fanatics.
In France the French are struggling to retain there freedom and democracy. In the last two years Islamic madmen have tried to take these things away from the people.
In Germany the people are under threat from militant Islam because, among the so-called refugees coming into Germany there might well be those who wish to do the German people harm.
Today, throughout the world, there are fanatical religious people such as those who have formed Islamic State who feel that war is the answer to all their problems. It merely leads to death and destruction and those horsemen do no one in the end any good except perhaps the fanatics that have died.
There was a carbon tax in place in Australia. The idea here was to make carbon emissions more expensive and thus get people, via the use of a monetary stick, to seek alternative fuel or to limit what fuel is being used.
The result of this carbon tax was hardship for many ordinary Australians. Big companies managed to dodge their way out of paying much if anything of it.
The carbon tax could have been stomached if the Greens, the political party who pushed for the tax, hadn't been so keen on doubling Australia's migrant intake.
The Greens wept for people who had overpopulated their part of the world and were keen on overpopulating every other place on earth.
More and more, new homes in NSW have solar panel heating. This trend will no doubt continue. Unfortunately many Australians still cannot afford to get solar panels installed in the roofs of their homes.
In NSW, Australia coal seam gas mining is becoming a real threat to our very existence. If not done incorrectly it can pollute waterways and thus ruin whole communities. If done correctly it will create eyesores.
There is a fight on at present to keep coal seam gas mining out of the south coast of NSW. It is ordinary Australian communities versus big business and possibly government. Here one can only hope the communities win.
In NSW, Australia the hunting and killing of whales is a thing of the past. There is, however, whale watching which is popular in Sydney and also further north.
The financial problems the USA and Europe are facing continue to retard any effort on these countries to do much about carbon emissions and pollution in general in the near future.
The USA and Japan, however, have made great strides over the last two decades when it comes to creating workable and usable alternatives to the petrol powered car. Electric powered cars and also steam powered cars have come a long way. Strangely enough, New York had electric powered cars before it had the gas guzzlers. But that was a long time ago.
The Biblical Fall from Grace
It took a long time for the earth to be in a position where life could be sustained. Scientists today believe that the first life forms to make a home for themselves on our planet were life forms that required very little to sustain them.
Certainly, for a very long time, there wasn't enough oxygen in the atmosphere to accommodate air-breathers such as ourselves.
Simple forms of life such as bacteria and viruses first thrived on our world. Bacteria have been found in boiling water on active volcanoes and in ice caves.
Bacteria and viruses have been found in the oceans and the rivers. In fact there aren't many places on earth that some form of bacteria and/or virus cannot survive.
It was so in the beginning as it is today. Bacteria and viruses of one form or another are likely to still be around when humanity has found for itself the best way to self destruct.
The biblical story of Adam and Eve may be a warning to us all to look after what we have or face losing it forever. We have knowledge that other creatures on this planet have never possessed.
How we use this knowledge may well mean the difference between existing longer on this planet than the fabled dinosaurs or, as it appears right now, existing for a far shorter period of time.
Of course a giant rock from outer space could collide with the earth and make all this totally academic. It has happened before. Life has been almost wiped out a number of times in this fashion but there has always been survivor species and the world, as a place of life, has continued.
Make War on the Infidel!
Humans came along very late in the development of earth. There is plenty of fossil evidence around for this point of view.
Where intelligent life did evolve on our planet and we may be the crowning glory of such development, it is also possible that on other worlds life never got to the bacteria stage or, if it had, then not past it.
There is some evidence of ancient bacteria having existed at one time on Mars. There is no evidence, however, of higher forms of life ever having existed.
In all the universe Earth may be the one planet capable today and in the future of sustaining our form of life.
It is hoped that there are other worlds out there in space capable of sustaining intelligent life but, so far, there is no real proof that such worlds exist. Even if they did exist the question remains how we could get to them.
Communication with far distant worlds may be possible. It has been tried and is being tried as I write. Have there been visitors to earth from far distant worlds? I cannot say.
Suffice to believe that if we are to continue to exist we had better look to our own resources than to look for help elsewhere.
Many of the most powerful religions today came about when humans were not plentiful upon our planet.
'Be fruitful and multiply' is good advice when a town or village runs the risk of being wiped out by famine, plague or war.
'Be fruitful and multiply' also sounds like a great idea when your religion is threatened by another religion where both sides have similar numbers in terms of population.
Today, however, the world is in crisis not because of there being small numbers of humans easily gotten rid of for this reason but because the multiplying has gone too far.
Unfortunately, most religions have a hard time changing gear when circumstances change. Preachers of the big religions are still preaching that it is good to have lots of children despite lots of evidence to the contrary.
The United Nations are aware of the over population crisis facing our world but are powerless as a body to do anything about it.
In 1964 there was a great council meeting that took place in the Vatican. Contraception was discussed and, unfortunately, methods of contraception that do actually work were rejected.
Recently male prostitutes have been given the okay to wear condoms by the Vatican. This may be a step in the right direction but only a step.
Global warming and what to do about it has been thoroughly discussed by world leaders in conference in various locales but, as Dick Smith pointed out in his documentary on population growth, the subject of world population growth has yet to be touched upon. It is just too hot a potato for many world leaders to handle.
Fresh water and land capable of growing food to sustain the kind of world population growth scientists see in the future simply does not exist and will not exist.
Even today there are countries in crisis because of fresh water and food shortages brought about by too many people for the country in question to sustain. By 2030 Australia might well be in crisis over this issue.
In past centuries clearing the land and creating what the West calls civilization was the most important thing of all. The land had to be tamed and brought to heel. It was something the preachers told us God wanted us to do.
Certainly from the middles ages and going well into the 18th Century the wilderness, the forests, the lands untamed by plow or concrete or fences were to be shunned as places where the devil and his kind might dwell.
There were people with intelligence such as Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519) who disagreed with this point of view but they were exceptional. To examine da Vinci's interest in the wilderness areas check out his masterpiece the Mona Lisa. The background chosen by Leonardo might shed light.
Certainly Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790) was someone with a great desire to understand the workings of nature.
The Wilderness in the USA and Elsewhere
Today many people see the wilderness areas as being precious resources.
In the 19th Century a number of Western style countries came to put aside land for parks and this included national parks.
It was deemed unhealthy for people to live without greenery in a perpetual haze of industrial smoke.
Some great examples of parks include The Royal National Park, NSW, Australia, Yellowstone National Park, USA and the Lake district National Park, U.K.
In Australia in the 21st Century beaches are well maintained for everyone. Littering is an offence. And no one has the right to attack girls as young as eleven for wearing bikinis.
New ways of growing food in the 19th and early 20th centuries had resulted in world population growth spurts the like of which had not been seen before.
Famine caused by potato blight in Ireland and Scotland in the 19th century should have been a warning. Famine in the south of India in the 19th century, caused by drought, should have also been a warning.
One reason why the British empire lost India was because of inaction in the south of India at this time.
Food could have been moved from elsewhere in India to aid the starving but such a thing at the time was against British policy. It can also be said that the famine in Ireland might also have been relieved if enough people in England actually cared.
There were people in Scotland facing famine who were actually helped by their countrymen.
Even so, food and food distribution problems had not been worked out in the 19th Century and there was some evidence that it was still to be worked out to everyone's satisfaction in the 20th Century.
During the Great Depression in the USA there was also crop failure on a massive scale. It was not a factor that brought about the depression that affected the world but it make the depression harder to bear for American farmers.
In Australia farmers were just getting over a bad time in terms of growing crops when the depression hit.
Australia is too often a land of droughts and flooding plains as in the poem My country by Dorothea Mackellar.
Recently Australia has been hit by one long running drought in many areas followed by equally devastating floods. The people who plan the towns and cities and work out population growth and population sustainability often do not take these things into account.
All up, we are very dependent on our farmers but the question is whether they will have the good land and water they will need in the not too distant future to actually provide food for us all.
But how do we treat our farmers? Are we building upon land, even in this day and age, that should be set aside for farming? Are we doing the right thing with our rivers? Is there enough fresh water for the future?
In the Punjab in India, the bread basket of India, finding enough good water is becoming a real problem.
In Australia only 6% of the land, according to Dick Smith, is any good for agriculture and it is shrinking. The Darling River in NSW is today in trouble.
The good news in all of this is that more and more people are realizing what we have done to our world and our future and are determined to do something to solve the many problems created by unsustainable human population growth.
Fish are now being bred in ponds and lakes away from seas and oceans to take some of the pressure off of the seas and oceans.
Over fishing in many areas has, over the last century, resulted in the extinction of what were once common fish species. Even so, there are nations who continue to be greedy when it comes to the oceans and seas or feel they have no choice because of population pressure.
Nothing But Grey Skies?
Will Life as we Know it Continue?
In the speculative American documentary series Life After People (2008-2010) we see that long after humanity has gone pollution continues.
The tons of plastic bottles, etc humans have produced take centuries to break down and the result is toxic to many creatures.
Buildings you would think would last forever, with or without humans around, begin to break up or fall down. Dogs run wild. Great cities are flooded. Great monuments become nesting grounds for birds and then crumble to dust.
Certainly the last moments of the film Planet of the Apes (1968) says it all with the remnants of the Statue of Liberty.
If we don't damage the world to such as extent by a great big nuclear war that takes earth out of its orbit and in the direction of the moon or the sun, there is a good chance our planet will survive us humans.
Mind you, a great big rock from outer space can at any time make all this academic. Hey! A big enough rock and we could have a trip to the sun or a journey into the depths of space away fro the suns good light and heat.
Humans have wiped out many species of bird, animal and fish in the last hundred years alone. If we do not pull up our socks we are likely to wipe out a lot more including, in the end, ourselves.
What could live on after humans are all gone? Well, the insects were here before us and many of them stand a very good chance of carrying on after we have gone.
Certainly bacteria and viruses will keep on keeping on. Most likely mammals will have had it. I can't imagine there being much oxygen around or drinking water or other creatures to eat.
It might take millions or even billions of years for the next batch of intelligent creatures to make an appearance after we have gone. By then would there be much evidence that man had once been a part of this world? The answer is most likely no.
Even bones turn to dust in time though there might be something in the rocks to show we were once here. Rock records are pretty good that way.
But hey! THERE IS STILL HOPE FOR HUMANITY! We just have to put our intelligent heads together and think survival.
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