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Mother Earth -- Our Only Hope For The Future

Updated on May 15, 2009

 

With the threat of global warming, the future of the Earth is very much in question. Whether you say you believe -- or do not believe -- in global warming, let me just say that you most likely do, just not the reasons behind it. There is plenty of evidence to back the fact that our earth is warming. The real question is whether you believe it is manmade or a naturally occurring phenomenon. With that is also the question of whether global warming is long term or short term.

This is a real political hot button. It seems like global warming is divided straight down the partisan line. I feel by being particularly partisan, a writer alienates the very readers that he or she wants to reach, so let us look at it from a different angle.

I am not a scientist, so I can not say with any sort of conviction that global warming as caused by humans -- and something we have the power to change -- is real. I also can not say with any sort of conviction that it is not caused by humans. What I can say is that there is plenty of evidence that we are polluting our earth at an alarming rate. Anyone who disagrees with that just can’t be reached. They are already in outer space. Earth to idiot, earth to idiot….

Don't let this happen again.
Don't let this happen again.

A Bright Side to the Global Warming Issue?

If there is a bright side to such a dire issue as global warming, it is this: more people are aware of how their actions affect the world around them. However, the very best turn of events is that more people are putting pressure on our government to research alternative fuel sources. Of course, the all too recent spike of over $4.00 for a gallon of gas had many people on both sides of the spectrum speaking out anyway. I now see that the price of gasoline is slowly inching back up. How long before it is back to $4.00 a gallon?

Alternative fuel sources would solve a lot of problems that we have. Right now, the bulk of our energy money goes straight to the Middle East. What would happen if we cut off their major source of cash flow and oil became obsolete? Would al-Qaeda have the money to continue waging their jihad? They may not go totally broke, but, it is likely that their funds would be greatly diminished.

Other issues are also a great threat to the earth and our way of life. The biggest one that I can think of is a suicide bomber with access to nuclear weapons….bring on the virgins! Over-population, lack of food, pandemics….all of these and more are a threat to us and our way of life.

Natural Water Filter
Natural Water Filter

The Earth Rejuvenates Itself

 

What would happen to the earth if humans destroyed it through their own actions? Humans might disappear, but the earth, as long as there is a sun to warm it, will likely rebound the same way it always has. The earth has natural mechanisms to rejuvenate itself. For instance, water filters the pollutants out naturally through rocks and sediment. Trees and plants help the earth by filtering the air to remove pollutants.

The earth has been through many cycles of warming and cooling. If all life on earth were destroyed, amoebas would likely evolve again into some sort of life, maybe just not life the way we currently know it. The earth is a miraculous thing. It is a thing of beauty and awe. Our world is not something to be taken for granted. If we start to take good care of it, we -- and our descendants -- just might be around to enjoy it.

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      Connie Smith 5 years ago from Tampa Bay, Florida

      Yikes! I will be sure to read it. ;)

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      By the way, you might want to read my hub tomorrow...rumor has it you are mentioned in it. :)

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      Connie Smith 5 years ago from Tampa Bay, Florida

      Thanks Billybuc! I wrote this several years ago, but it is even more crucial as time goes on. Just a few days ago, an international group of scientists warned that the earth is reaching a tipping point -- a point from which there is no return. Here is the link to the article I read on Huffington Post: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/06/07/earth-tip...

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      You are speaking my language with this hub my friend. Great message and well-written, but then I expect that of you.

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      Connie Smith 7 years ago from Tampa Bay, Florida

      Hi Quark, nice to hear from you again. Thank you for the compliment on my hub and when I get an opportunity, I will check out the precession search on Google.

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      qwark 7 years ago

      Hahaha I don't know why I got posted twice!? Oh well. double the pleasure...lol ;-)

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      The Suburban Poet 7 years ago from Austin, Texas

      This topic will be relevant for the rest of our days. I'm like you; I'm not a scientist but it is obvious that we are polluting the planet. It is very difficult politically to make macro changes quickly. But the trend hopefully has started towards renewable energy sources along with mandates for higher mileage cars. I felt the high price of gas was needed to force a new generation of car buyers to turn away from SUV's and purchase Accords and hybrids. While it was tough on the poor, government subsidies to keep fuel prices low would have kept us all in the same place: guzzling gas...

      Humans are very resilient and as our environment changes I feel we will adapt.

      Keep sounding the bell....

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      qwark 7 years ago

      Hi Connie:

      We humans ae profoundly involved in our evolution.

      We exist at a very infantile point in our progress.

      There is no doubt that mankind is adding to the natural changes which "Mother Earth" experiences...but we are in no way jeopardizing her existence.

      As you mentioned, she will be here long after our species has disappeared.

      Connie, go to Google and type in "precession." Study it well. It is responsible for changes in the earths climates. Add to its effects, human pollution and there's the answer to the global warming problems.

      This is a thoughtful, well written hub.

      Keep writing.

      Qwark

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      saandeep kumar 7 years ago

      I appreciate your input

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      Doyle Wheeler 8 years ago from doylewheeler@yahoo.com

      Mother Earth

      by Doyle Wheeler

      A letter to her children:

      I’m mother Earth made of rocks and dirt, the mountains and sea’s I’m the air you breath, the clouds the rain the wind that blows and the rivers that flow!

      I give birth to the flowers and trees, the fish in the sea. The birds and bees depend on me!

      It is I that gives life to all that you see so please stop killing me!

      God up above with all of His love created me.

      He gave me the responsibility of feeding you,

      of giving you the air that you breath.

      You’re taking more than I can replenish and leaving things that poison me.

      Oh why can’t you see what you’re doing to me!

      There is no future in killing me!

      I love you you need me I’m dying!

      Mother Earth

      Thank you for a great article

      Doyle

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      Connie Smith 8 years ago from Tampa Bay, Florida

      Thank you Beata, for taking the time to read this. Please take a look at this one: https://hubpages.com/politics/Climate-Change-and-G... by Sabu Singh, another hubber here on hubpages. I feel this is one of the best articles I have read on the subject and hope everyone will take a look at it.

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      Beata Stasak 8 years ago from Western Australia

      Thank you for your great hub. It is important to start to care about the environment before it is too late and most importantly make people aware of this problem. I have just read a great book: 'We Are The Weather Makers' by the Australian Scientist Tim Flannery. In his passionate book Tim speaks about cyclons and droughts, about coral reefs and polar bears, about wind energy and nuclear power. he reminds us that climate connects us all, from the Arctic to the Outback. And our climate is influenced by how we choose to live-how we use our fuels, our water and our land.

      Thank you for raising this issue, it is so important. Cheers from Beata

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      Connie Smith 8 years ago from Tampa Bay, Florida

      Thanks for writing, Kartika. I sure hope you found Sabu Singh's hub from his comment left here. It is the absolute best article I have read on this subject.

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      kartika damon 8 years ago from Fairfield, Iowa

      Hi Connie, I found your hug through Ralph Deeds. You know, finally the cat is out of the bag and almost everyone accepts that global warming is a reality. I remember when the issue was considered so fringe, most people denied it was happening. I read Al Gore's book when it first came out, Earth in the Balance. I thought it was brilliant. He compared the way we view the earth and our denial about the negative impact we are having upon it to the way a dis- functional family goes into denial! Thanks for talking about this issue.

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      Connie Smith 8 years ago from Tampa Bay, Florida

      Thank you for reading it, Storyteller. I also wonder what there is not to get, but I do get it. It does not mesh with our capitalistic ways of putting profits before all else. I certainly am not against capitalism, which has, to now, worked well for America, yet our Earth cannot sustain continued growth and expansion at all costs.

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      Barbara 8 years ago from Stepping past clutter

      I am always curious as to why humans think they don't affect the earth and global warming. We see trees beside highways struggling to exist and watch fish wrapped in nets die on shorelines. We watch our friends and neighbors die of secondary smoke inhalation. Birds and bees disappear, cities have noxious clouds hanging over them for days. What is there not to get? Thanks for the hub. Made me think.

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      Connie Smith 8 years ago from Tampa Bay, Florida

      Not "sweet" Sabu, true. I had to agree with another commenter on that site. It is the best article that I have read anywhere on the subject.

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      sabu singh 8 years ago

      Thanks Connie. Sweet of you.

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      Connie Smith 8 years ago from Tampa Bay, Florida

      I see you found it, Sabu. Not on par with your excellent hub on global warming, to be sure. For all who read this, Sabu has written a very well researched article on global warming and should not be missed. Check it out.

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      sabu singh 8 years ago

      Interesting point you make there Connie, about the Middle East and what would happen if oil were to become obsolete. Unfortunately, this is unlikely to happen any time soon.

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      bernie1936 8 years ago

      The earth has gone through many climate cycles. Global warming may or may not exist. We need to stop poisoning the earth. Who really pollutes the upper atmosphere? Not cars but thousands of airplanes. Al gore is quiet on that subject.

      I was taught recycling from early childhood on and I'm still doing it. That helps a lot.

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      Connie Smith 8 years ago from Tampa Bay, Florida

      Thanks Janie. I appreciate your input.

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      Janies World 8 years ago from Brooklyn, New York

      so well said sister.. i wonder if we will ever stop trying to control mother earth, and if we'll ever respect her enough to treat her with the respect she deserves.. so sad to see so many treat our only home as if it is something to be "used". not cool.

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      Connie Smith 8 years ago from Tampa Bay, Florida

      You are absolutely right, Delores. Even close friends of mine argue against this issue. I maintain that this is not really a political argument, except that government has to take stronger action to protect our environment. You are right that it comes down more to common sense in that taking the needed steps to clean up our environment is going to serve us better in the long run.

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      Dolores Monet 8 years ago from East Coast, United States

      Connie, I don't get the people who want to fight the idea of global warming. Even if it does not exist, it only makes sense to cut our use of fossil fuel, and generally clean the earth up - it will improve the environment and create jobs.

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      Ivan the Terrible 8 years ago from Madrid

      We are responsible for much of the mess we are, and I agree with your basic idea. The 1st world as we call it here in Spain, the Industrialized nations, need to take responsibility and do better than we are doing to help clean up the mess we have made as well as to find ways of making our entire future on Earth cleaner and renewable.

      Renew, recycle and live green!

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      Connie Smith 8 years ago from Tampa Bay, Florida

      What a lovely comment, Shreekrishna. That means a great deal to me. Thank you so much.

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      shreekrishna 8 years ago

      nicely answered my request ,

      i dont even know that my request takes out such a talent on hubpages ,

      i gain knowledge of some new things here.

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      Connie Smith 8 years ago from Tampa Bay, Florida

      As a writer, it is gratifying when someone appreciates your work and helps to give incentive to continue. Thank you for your comments.

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      shamelabboush 8 years ago

      This is a great hub to discuss our old-new crisis (Global warming). Man insists on destroying mother earth just for more money... This is so sad... Thanks dear for this hub.