Climate Change: It’s Not About You

People use the term “climate change” to imply all climate change is related to human action. We have an a priori assumption it is settled science that states climate affects mankind because he brought it upon himself.

We all need to take a collective step back and do a self-check.

The weather has nothing to do with man, and frankly, Mother Nature doesn’t really give a damn what man thinks or does. If man chooses to build along the coast he is going to endure flooding at some point; If man decides to allow large forests do go unattended when large swaths of people live nearby, and then a fire breaks out killing those nearby people, whose fault is it to build next to a forrest rich in dry timber? Who decided to allow the forests to grow “naturally” knowing full well every year California or Colorado has a lightning season?

Most recently, Hurricane Ida ripped through the South and also the Northeast bringing devastation to people everywhere – and that is the point.

People judge events based on how it affects them, not how it might be good for nature to burn out the brush and re-soil the forest for new tree growth; or how nature might bring much needed fresh water to the bayous to replenish a dying population of a species or two that might need the fresh water. A decade or so ago in Florida a major hurricane blew through and ended a serious tree canker-issue that was destroying the citrus industry, not to mention any wildlife that enjoys the nectar of a tangerine or an orange.

When early man saw the retreating glaciers 10,000 years ago and large swaths of inland lakes appeared, do you think it was a bad thing that Mother Nature was melting ice and bringing fresh life back to the plateaus to the northern latitudes of Europe, Asia and Canada? And when warming global temperatures produce more vegetation that feeds not only a growing population of humans, but also promotes more condensation and cloud cover to cool the earth, do we only consider such natural phenomena good or bad based on how it affects us?

Yes we do. 

The natural world is indifferent to human behavior. 

Ancient cultures believed all natural phenomena were caused by the whims of gods, even stars were named after deities. When there was an earthquake or a mountain spewing lava, primitive man believed he was being punished.

Today when a hurricane flattens a town people still believe we are being punished, only now it’s because we believe we have harmed the environment and she is simply responding to our actions with destruction. On a gut level, people still believe nature reflects karma, or anger, or with blessings, what we call a perfect day, 75 degrees, clear with a light breeze, a perfect day to go out and enjoy Mother Nature who has “blessed us” with such nice weather – until the next storm comes and we blame it on ourselves because we didn’t separate our trash. 

We personalize weather as if it serves us, and since many remain deeply superstitious, when weather brings “destruction”  we blame “climate change,” a convenient, but wholly superficial attempt, of taking the blame and spreading it evenly among all humanity as some kind of shared guilt.

We have also convinced ourselves through models and computer data that we can control climate change just as we caused climate to change. Maybe we have, maybe we haven’t, but I sense the climate doesn’t really give a damn about what we think and she is going to do what she does regardless of how we “feel” about it, or how much suffering we endure because of our bad decisions to taking root in places that are prone to natural disaster.

Nothing personal. It’s just the climate changing, as she always has and always will.

Or as my wife would say, “you know, it’s not always about you.”

Yours truly,

Deniar

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