Saturday, October 31, 2009
Reference: Climate change just the tip of the iceberg, Bangkok Post, October 31, 2009
The proposition that man is the steward of the planet and that it is possible and our duty to micromanage planetary processes is derived from a state of egotism that has become separated from reality (Climate change just the tip of the iceberg, Bangkok Post, October 31, 2009). The earth's climate is not stable, it has never been stable, and it is not possible for man to achieve climate stability. The idea that man's management of the planet can extend a stable Holocene for 2000 years contains many inconsistencies. Will the Holocene end without our intervention? Why 2000 years? Does the author have inside information about the Holocene's schedule? The fact that we have a Holocene at all is evidence of the unstable nature of a planet that is mostly an icy place with brief interglacial epochs in one of which we now find ourselves. It is not possible for us to manage this process or to control it; far less to ensure for ourselves another two thousand years of the kind of weather to which we have become accustomed.