The human way is to sustain the world

The Earth is bigger than man in the sense that the world has run itself for a long time, lately we could say it has been going in spite of human activity.

It is now becoming obvious that human activity is hurting the Earth, hurting humans, animals, plantlife and may even damage the larger mechanisms of the Earth: the selfadjusting closed loop systems of the the planet.

Our activity is clearly not sustainable, and thanks to the coming peak and gradual ending of oil a transition must come. The end of oil will also make the question of climate warming less relevant – the global warming will just not happen when we stop burning oil on the scale we do now. The huge coal reserves of the world is another matter that nobody talks about at the moment. When oil will definitely find its end is uncertain – there could still be oil in surprising places! In a hundred years everything will be clear.

The recent tar and sand projects are examples of a thinking gone wrong – we are destroying wast landscapes to scrounge the last drops of oil from the Earth. Ref. the ongoing scandal of Canadian Athabasca where permanent damage is being done, 141.000 sq. km. of it.

We have altered the flow of large waterways causing large problems in the deltas of the world.

The world has been – long term – in motion with continents moving, glaciers forming and going, sea-levels changing.

There are a number of cycles taking place on the Earth: carbon, nitrogen including also many processes not fully understood. This lack of understanding, of knowledge, should make us careful in deciding what to do on Earth. Man does not yet fully understand these processes and we should for that reason alone not try to control them. The age of man is not here nor will it ever be. Remember also that we develop with the system – we follow the good development that is taking place over the thousands of years. Respect the vastness of it all – do not tinker. It would be beneficial to man to see himself as part of the natural world and build on its inherent principles.

Humans have changed the world’s plant activity making new monoculture ecosystems based on fertilizer from oil, with hard labour, huge amounts of water, aggravated by raising huge herds of animals that we eat. Large scale artificial production of fish etc. in the waters of the Earth is also taking place. The quality and efficiency of these methods are in doubt, the ethics also.

New thinking in the form of permaculture, sustainability will re-introduce diversity in farming, enhancing yields so that the world can be fed. In about 2070 the world will have about 15 billion people on present trends, and all can be adequately fed using local and natural methods. Large scale agriculture is not sustainable, the food is homogenous, of few varieties and dull. The food cycle is grossly wasteful as it goes through large scale farming of animals to produce food.

All creatures are needed, and man should not willfully let diversity in plants and animals disappear.

Human activity must not let the world tip into instability. Geoengineering is is a prime example of human idiocy. Tinkering with huge systems that we do not fully understand, with no scientific authority, no democratic decision making processes is pure folly.

The action to take now is to build understanding, let the natural systems work as intended, support changes into sustainability. When we have done that we will be on our way to a good future.

15 billion humans can manage quite well by themselves with the help of the good Earth if we let them. Add sound principles of participation, service and sharing and we are moving.

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