Thursday, October 23, 2008

A Hazardous Metaphor?

I read an article recently which talks about our current climate crisis. Though there are skeptics, the evidence supporting climate instability has become so immense that there is little reason or logic to questioning the truth of its reality. We see it occurring with our arctic friends as their frozen world is melting around them, with our super storms, and much more. But are humans and carbon dioxide really the cause of this planet wide phenomenon?

Dr. Raymond Gozzi Jr. stated that is important we remember that "global warming" is a social metaphor. It organizes information in certain way. The metaphor gets us to pay attention to the information which fits it. But the metaphor might also get us to ignore information and evidence of other forces at work. He states that though it is clear there is current climate instability, that there may be other factors to consider. And the "global warming" metaphor may blind us to what is really going on.

There is evidence that shows world wide the Earth's magnetic field is weakening. Nobody knows what it might mean, or why it is happening. We know that in the past our North and South poles have shifted. (It occurs on the sun every 11 years. This transition happens, as far as we know, at the peak of every 11-year sunspot cycle.) Could the Earth's current magnetic state be what is causing so much climate uncertainty? Who is to rule out that it isn't? Perhaps our planet is getting ready to switch again. (Side note: Did you know that two ancient oracles whose prophesies thus far have come true, even down to the names, claimed that near the apocalypse the stars and planets would change their orbits in the sky. The most likely way this would happen with our view would be if our planet's pole changed.)

Although, personally I do believe that because human population is so grand we do have a major impact on our environment, I cannot deny the possibility of other forces that may be causing our earth's changes. Nothing is permanent on Earth, it will continue to change for ages and ages. I believe it is important to look at all sides of issues too. The truth is that we are living in climatic uncertainty, it is important to be aware of it, and the more likely causes of it. But the article I read made me think, and realize we must look at all issues and not fall into a convenient metaphor.

But I still place much of our environment's current situation in the hands of people. How can we as a race cut down areas of the world that support our world's climate the most, places like the rainforests, and not expect global consequences for our actions?

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