It affects everything from pathogens, to plants, to "higher" animals. Some things will flourish and or migrate and adapt (some via mutation)... and some things will die out. Since everything is interrelated, that will affect us. I think it was Albert E. that said something like: "If the honeybees die off, the human race would follow shortly thereafter". He was referring to the bees pollinating plants... our food supply.
That's a pretty dramatic statement, but it shows he understood how important even the smallest of members of an ecological system are to the whole.
We need to stop tossing "Climate Change" around like a hot potato, and begin thinking of it as a slowly detonating bomb, and do what we can regarding weakening it's explosive charge and preparing for every possible scenario we can imagine. At least then, if the day turns out better than we'd thought, we'll only be guilty of bringing our umbrella.
There are those that say greed is fueling the debate regarding “Climate Change”… and they’re right, it is.
Meaning bottom lines are dependent on keeping things as they are. There are also those that are trying to create new bottom lines, in new industries, with new cleaner technologies. The transition from the old to the new, which must include a reduction in the use of the old, in favor of the new, will be painful for some, and profitable for others. So, I’m optimistic that it’ll also be greed that drives the transition.
Industries come and go with time. Much like the transition from whale oil, to kerosene, to natural gas, to electricity. Those past industries suffered, but I don’t think anyone would argue, in hindsight, that it was a bad move…. Although, I’m sure there was much ado about it at the time.
Societies, just like the things in nature, have to change, adapt to the environment, or die. What we are experiencing now is, that evolution, that change… the adaptation to a changing environment. Whether it be man made, or natural, matters little, but our ability to adapt is crucial and optimistically speaking, inevitable. I can not, in good conscience, defend the use of whale oil, when the plans for a hydroelectric plant are on the table…. Even if it means the slow and painful demise of the Whaling Industry.
The western world didn’t collapse with the loss of whaling, nor will it collapse as we make the transition now. We are more than any one industry, or how all industries conduct themselves. We are creative new ideas, new ways, new industries. As I see it, that’s what got us here, and that’s what will get us there.
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