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A Profitable And Convenient Myth

Updated on February 18, 2009

When I was a kid, we were told that the Brazilian rainforests and the Amazons were the lungs for the earth and the greatest producers of oxygen.  Due to this theory, the Amazon rainforests were an international asset that belonged to all mankind.  This theory was so prevalent and taught in schools that we implicitly believed it and propagated the myth.  Even certain atlases showed the Amazon as an international area.  Now, just for a moment imagine a theory that Alaska was considered that important and declared International property.  I have no doubt that the USA would immediately take action and protest in a big way.  The Amazons belong to Brazil and to nobody else.  Let us be absolutely clear about it.

Later I found out that most of the earth’s oxygen, in fact 70-80% was produced by algae, mostly marine where there are the largest concentrations of algae but also freshwater algae and land algae.  Yes the Amazons are important and we do need to save it but not at the expense of taking away its sovereignty from Brazil.

Today we face another myth that is again preached to children and in fact frightening children with the deadly consequences of global warming. It has become a great business, raking in tremendous profits, especially for its gurus.  I fully agree that our very precious planet must be protected and maintained just as we do our home, office, garden or factory.  Just as we have proper waste disposal and sewage treatment, we must not contaminate with toxic emissions our air, water and land.  Preaching is great indeed and very easy but how about practicing what you preach?  Instead, the global warming gurus hop around the world on their private jets, instead of flying commercial and leaving a smaller carbon footprint and charge up to US $250000 for a fifteen minute speech, all the while living in enormous energy guzzling houses, while preaching of dire consequences. Children are being frightened and some fanatic believers are shutting down their refrigerators to help lower their carbon footprint.

Global warming has become a new international religion. Now I am no expert but let us just look at this with common sense.  The universe is unimaginably enormous and our precious planet is not even a speck in it.  The earth has had constant cycles of warming and cooling, influenced by this enormous universe we are spinning in.  In fact if there had been no warming we may still be in the ice age.  Sun spots and sun flares all influence the climate of our planet.  A couple of large volcanoes blowing up in Chile and or Indonesia can easily create havoc with the climate of our planet.

There are just too many factors beyond our scope involved and our knowledge is indeed very sparse.  Yes ice cores from the Tundra, Antarctic and the Arctic, have shown certain tendencies and we tend to interpret them with the knowledge we have today.  Scientists, both great and brilliant are divided in their opinions on global warming.  Some argue for and others against.  Let us, however, be intelligent about this new Global Warming religion by loving and teaching our children to avoid waste and polluting.  We need not frighten them with a devastating global warming book of revelation.  Global warming has become a great business to some, while others are gullible enough to swallow everything they are told.  Instead of frightening our children, let us instead encourage our children to grow up to be responsible and innovative.  Let us tickle their minds to think of how energy can be harvested from the sun, wind and tides. They can be inventors of a new kind of battery concept or a new type of motor.  A teenager may look into cold fission etc.  Let us challenge their inquisitive and innovative minds instead of frightening them about the impending doom of this global warming hoax.

Children are our future.  They are our legacy.  Let us not allow our children to be frightened to death by spurious and selfish gurus who do not practice what they preach.  Let us teach our children to be responsible instead of afraid.  Global Warming is a convenient myth that has made millions for its gurus.  Global warming is not an inconvenient truth but a very profitable one.  Global warming has become a profitable and convenient myth.


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      Kiruba Harris 4 years ago

      This may well be one of the greatest hoaxes of the 20th and 21st century.

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      Ana 4 years ago

      Soooo agree

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      Kiruba Harris 7 years ago

      Yes Jacqui, global climate change is a fact but certainly not man made as the earth as we know it has been through at least four or five catastrophic destruction beyond historical times, the last one being the disappearance of the dinosaurs. However as I have always said, we must take care of what we have and protect and conserve.

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      Jacquelyn Witte 7 years ago

      Gail just sent me the hub addresses and I am enjoy reading your articles, Kiruba. Your take on Global Warming is right on..I guess they call it Climate Change now that some of the myths have been exposed. We should take care of our planet, but there is so much going on beyond human control that the panic is silly.

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      kiruba Harris 9 years ago

      Please do Jaya and I will be honoured. I feel we are being brain washed by these gloom and doom preachers who generally have not done any practical thing in their lives. What I really hate is the way they go about frightening children and it has become the in thing to talk about and be a part of, all the while not giving up our modern day amenitie. Maybe they just want it for the non industrialized world while the industriliazed world keeps a high carbon footprint.!!!!

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      Jaya Bhavnani 9 years ago

      Hi Kiruba, As a teacher I would love to share this reading with my students and see what the young minds have to say to this practical approach to Global Warming,jaya

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      kirubaharris 9 years ago

      Absolutely Jemila. There are just too many who preach and do not practice.

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      jemila 9 years ago

      Good observation. We need to be doers and hot preachers.

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      kirubaharris 9 years ago

      Thanks Jim. Just taking on the masses.

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      Jim Neer 9 years ago

      Great web page. Oops, webhub. Good work. Reading you in Austin, TX

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      kirubaharris 9 years ago

      Thanks Shalini,

      Yes it is a controversial topic but you know too well that I speak out my convictions no matter what. take care.

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      kirubaharris 9 years ago

      Hello Carlos Francisco,

      Yes I do intend to keep writing. Take care.

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      Shalini Kagal 9 years ago from India

      Hey coz - great hub - I know your unconventional and well, justified feelings where this issue is concerned :)

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      Carlos Schafer 9 years ago


      Its great to see that you have a new home to write. Please keep them coming.

      keep well


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