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Natural Balance or Business as Usual

Updated on February 19, 2012
Devastation in Japan
Devastation in Japan
Homeless in Japan
Homeless in Japan

Natural Balance or Business as Usual

By Tony DeLorger © 2011

The ongoing and unprecedented disaster in Japan brings up many questions about our earth and the state of its health. Yes, Japan is used to earthquakes and the engineering codes for building and their strategies for these kinds of events are probably the most advanced in the world. But this earthquake has set off a chain of events that have had even more dire consequences. Not only have tens of thousands of people perished from the ensuing tsunami but with possible atomic reactor meltdowns this event could be viewed as one of the worst in human history. Our prayers are of course with the Japanese in this harrowing time.

So is this earthquake just another in a cluster of world events that scientist would have you believe as normal in recorded history, or are they the result of human activity creating imbalance with mother earth? As I said, science has been recording these events for a few hundred years and by archaeological evidence going back thousands of years. The earth is relatively young as a planet and the long process of cooling and moving of tectonic plates expected. But the consequence of global warming has yet to be properly measured on all levels.

Did you know that cooling ocean temperatures from melting ice affects the entire eco system? In warmer temperatures plankton move lethargically and can easily be caught and eaten by fish. When the water cools, the plankton can move ten times there body length in a slit second and can avoid capture. This simple fact could mean many fish species starving to death. Plankton is the base of the food chain. Phytoplankton contain chlorophyll, they absorb carbon dioxide and release oxygen, as do land plants. These types of minor changes, like temperature, are not minor at all and can have devastating consequences.

Many scientists still reject the global warming theory, but just take a look at the ever diminishing ice flows of the poles and you cannot deny it. Despite recorded data, the earth is coming to a point of crisis I believe. I don’t believe the ‘end of days’ 2012 scenario, but I do think that our window of opportunity to reverse the damage we’ve done is decreasing quickly.

I believe that nature is trying to preserve a balance, and as a result the natural world is creating more weather instability and seismographic events to compensate for our pollution and disregard for the balance of our planet. This is not penance or revenge, simply the result of our actions. I believe our planet is a separate entity, and like ourselves needs to be maintained to achieve health. We are brutally abusing this life and if it doesn’t stop, we have only ourselves to blame.

I believe humanity has made many bad decisions through greed and arrogance and we need to develop a renewed respect for life and our planet. Nuclear fuel, I believe is a huge mistake, a wrong turn when sourcing fuel to support our technology. This will be proven in the end and many people with perish because of it.

Humanity needs desperately to reassess goals and how we will achieve them within the natural guidelines. Dire outcomes await us otherwise


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    • Tony DeLorger profile image

      Tony DeLorger 7 years ago from Adelaide, South Australia

      Thanks for the comments guys.

    • Tracy Lynn Conway profile image

      Tracy Lynn Conway 7 years ago from Virginia, USA

      Your hub offers a good perspective on global warming. We need to think long term about changes. I am voting up!

    • Bail Up ! profile image

      Bail Up ! 7 years ago

      Interesting hub. Naturally there is something to be said for upsetting mother nature, To what extent who knows?


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