Stop climate change – as if we could!

I love this picture from Hawaii – it speaks to me about humans and the Earth. The earth is a changing and powerful thing, which has  been pumping out CO2 into the atmosphere for billions of years. Even now, most of the active volcanoes are under the sea, and their emissions are completely ignored by the ‘climate-change’ scientists.

We can try and change the climate, but when it’s due to things like the orbit of the sun, the wobbles of the earth’s axis, bombardment from cosmic rays, we need to stop and think. This planet and this solar system are much bigger than us, the mere human race. We are just dust really on a galactic scale. Yes, it’s convenient to keep the earth the way it is currently – sea level changes would be a nuisance for those who live near the sea. But the sea level has gone up and down many times over the history of the earth – none of them caused by industrially emitted CO2. It will continue to rise and fall. Ice ages will continue to wax and wane.

I am flabbergasted by the sheer presumption of people who think we are so significant in the scheme of things that human activities can influence such things as global climate, except in the smallest, localised way. I see this as a symptom of a world where perspective has been lost – God has been forgotten  and people think humans are the centre of the universe. Well, we’re not. We are part of a bigger plan, which God has for us.

I am surprised that so many Christian groups expend so much energy on worrying about things we cannot change, instead of helping those who are impacted by various aspects of the climate. We surely are called to share God’s love for all people, caring for the earth and not despoiling it, but if the amount of energy that went into hand-wringing over climate-change went into fighting for social justice, we would live in a changed world!

I recommend that you all read “Heaven+earth: Global warming: The Missing Science” by Australian Professor Ian Plimer (Howling at the Moon Publishing Ltd, Auckland 2009)

This book gives a much wider perspective on the earth and the universe, and stands as a corrective to some of the media-driven hype about Climate change.

“What is man, that thou art mindful of him, or the son of man, that thou visitest him?”

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