To draw the attention to volcanoes, glaciers, etc... as wiping out
environments to "destroy" things vs. industrial age poisoning with chemicals
never before existing, is not the same thing.
It appears that when Martin indicated that volcanoes, glaciers and such
drive events of wiping something out, that it was being equated to disaster,
and the same thing as us polluting an environment, which drives a change. I
was just noting the difference between conscious human activity in
industrial revolution era that he dismissed as "natural" harming the world
we live in, vs. geological activity that drives change. it's not the same
thing....was my point. 2 types of change here, both having a catalyst of
driving them, and one not being quite the same as another.
Actually, in the long run, if I remember my basic geology lessons well,
historically, volcanic activity and glaciers nourish the environment and
sculpt the wonderful landscapes we look-in-today...... I don't look-in-these
things as disaster, but what we may be doing that could exacerbate natural
occurrences like this, in the future, just may have disaster implications,
like building cities below sea level, and paving over every bit of natural
flood control wetlands, and excessive greenhouse gasses many scientists
believe contribute to driving more and more storms like Katrina, so many..
so frequent. We cannot ignore these possible links.
On the other hand, while in the past, volcanoes, glaciers, etc helped shape
the world we live in today.......what does something like contaminating our
rivers with industrial discharge do to shape and benefit the environment in
the long run? 2 headed frogs? Finless fish. Is this "natural?" Are we saying
that change is change, no mater what and we can do whatever we want today,
because it's "natural?" How about infants in Bhopal India deformed courtesy
of Dow Chemical? Oh wait.. "It's natural"
The ideology expressed, appeared to have somewhat of very slight hint to a
bible thumping tone. "It's God's will, etc" , as well as one which relives
humans of their responsibility as the so called "intelligent species" to
take proper care of this world for generations, no matter what species, yet
unborn....especially our own children whom we say we love so much.
Why is what I am trying to articulate here so hard to understand?
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