(…when the Earth was truly…green)

We humans, as a species, were barely down from swinging in the trees, and there were a hell of lot more other critters than any of us around back then (and unicorns and virgins weren’t yet products of our imaginations). Yet, some fifty thousand years after the last blasts of an earlier ice age had blown themselves out, we’ve managed to multiply like lemmings and swarm all over every square inch of it as the dominant species of this globe of ours…with our total numbers heading well north of 7 billion by the end of this century. We owe it all to our adaptability (with perhaps only cockroaches and coyotes as our equals for that).

Which raises some interesting questions about our almost hysterical fixation concerning global warming and climate change, that is, why is it we can’t seem to accept and understand that global warming is part of the natural climatic cycles governing the environments of this planet, having nothing directly to do with us, and, that climate changes are the natural consequences of those cycles? Instead, we keep misdirecting our efforts and energies on dreaming up ways and means to either stop or prevent such inevitabilities from happening, rather than focusing on how we might best apply that adaptability of ours to cope with them when these come our way.

Yes, global warming is a fact, and climate change will be the result of that, but even a high official like our President should know better than to perpetuate the false impression that we humans are the cause of it, and that we can do something about it.  We aren’t the cause, only perhaps contributing to the acceleration of the rate of that warming, so any cutting down on our emissions might only slow that down a bit, but won’t ever stop the process. To keep on suggesting otherwise not only will not help much…it is both intellectually and morally…dishonest.

Few of us also don’t seem to realize that at one time our Earth was much hotter than it is today, being an almost entirely a sub-tropical if not tropical environment. Because of that the plant life of those times was eventually converted into…coal…while the organic animal life was converted into…oil. Who is to say our world might not return to such an environment again? Then again, perhaps what we should really be asking: Is our contribution to this current warming cycle coming just from our activities…or from our excessive growth in numbers?

And to put things in better perspective(in the geologic scheme of things), the ancestors of the entire human population existing today were barely a blip on the environmental radar screen of fifty thousand years ago, at the end of that last glacial cycle. Yet, here we are, the dominant species of this world of ours, now eyeing the possibility of extra-terrestrial worlds to colonize unless, of course, like so many other species before us…we become extinct first.

Some folks are already speculating about that, even making book on what the odds are about the most likely cause of such an eventuality. That is, whether it might be from a catastrophic asteroid impact, another flood, earthquake, volcanic eruptions, nuclear accident, or some sort of plague pandemic. Given our ever-growing numbers…plague… is the most likely candidate as the cause of extinction for the human race. Even so, with our proven record of adaptability, any plague event might simply just clear out our excess numbers back down to more sustainable levels…and thereby…give our species a second round of existence.

Well, as that song about green alligators and long-necked geese pointed out…that silly unicorn might have been the loveliest of all, but it was too busy having a good time to pay attention to what was going on around it…which is why there are no unicorns today…and humans…may not be around…tomorrow.