How Do We Save the Earth?
A response to HOME — a nature documentary
Today, I watched an amazing documentary called HOME. It clearly depicts and describes how the Earth was formed and how we, as humans, are destroying it. The Earth, our home planet, has been functioning and sustaining life for about 4.5 billion years. The Sun is not too much older at 4.6 billion years.
From my personal knowledge, the Sun is a medium-dwarf star and will last about 10 billion years until is starts to expand and engulf the other planets in our solar system. After it does this, it will implode on itself and become a small ball of super-heated, white gas about the size of Earth. At that point, we would not have a solar system, just a small white ball in space. Now, this will happen in a range of 5–10 billion years from now, so there is nothing to worry about. But I digress.
The documentary mentioned above reminds me of a book by a notable geographer, George Perkins Marsh. Marsh wrote a book titled Man and Nature wherein he emphasizes that humans are destroying the environment and the Earth as a whole. He also stated that if we do not counteract against our mistakes, the Earth will undoubtedly be destroyed.
HOME made me start to think about what I can do to try and stop this from happening. Looking at this issue from the point of view of a realist, I would say that there is very little hope unless we, as large nations and states, put aside our differences and work together to come to an understandable solution. Looking at this from an optimistic idealist’s point of view, I would say that the Earth still has hope for the future — hope to keep on thriving until the inevitable happens. All we can do is delay that single inevitable event.
The recent climate talks in Paris did not seem too impactful upon the life of the Earth. The Paris climate talks was where multiple MDCs (More-Developed Countries) came together to discuss a reasonable solution to this ongoing problem. All that came out was that these MDCs would have stricter federal laws against negative factors on climate. Nobody really stated exactly what laws they would enact, except for the sole fact that there would be laws.
Personally, I do not think that these meetings are significant enough to have an actual effect on the global climate. Of course, we need to reduce the carbon emissions and other negative factors, but how we enforce those laws is the actual struggle. There are about 7.3 billion people on this planet and less than half are in MDCs. The rest do not have all of this technology, such as cars or even the internet. The people who reside in MDCs are having the largest negative influence, because they have all the gadgets and gizmos. I see the benefits of this technology, but there are also many detriments. Many corporations are looking at this and trying to adapt their company to still function with no/few negative effects on the climate.
A prime example of this would be Tesla CEO, Elon Musk. Musk has built Tesla, an electric sports car, to bring comfort and the latest technology, without having detrimental effects on the climate. His other company, SpaceX, has just completed a historical feat, launching a reusable rocket and returning it back to Earth, unharmed. This saves the time, money, and resources used to build multiple rockets, and instead, reuses the same rocket. This saved money could be used in other technological advancements, or even the reduction of carbon emissions from cars. Others should look to him and think like him. If we bring together smart minds like his, we can potentially save the Earth from our own destruction. The destroyer becomes the savior.
I hope that I have just stimulated your mind to start thinking about these global issues. Also, go and watch HOME, if you haven’t seen it. It is free on YouTube. If you have any possible solutions to this issue, please state that in a comment. It will greatfully help all of us, and maybe even the Earth. Keep on thinking and solving!