Sunday, January 22, 2006

Fire and Ice, Part 2

Two weeks ago, I wrote about Gretel Ehrlich's journey into cold to elucidate first-hand the dangers of global warming.

Now James Lovelock, who originated the Gaia Hypothesis (theory that the Earth is a living entity), sounds an equally solemn warning: Gaia's fever is rising, and the result will be a 100,000-year-long Big Chill for the planet.

There is still time: Lovelock entreats us to become resourceful, rather than continuing to think we're resource-full, and evolve into Earth stewards while there's yet hope to reverse the course we're on:

"We should be the heart and mind of the Earth, not its malady. So let us be brave and cease thinking of human needs and rights alone, and see that we have harmed the living Earth and need to make our peace with Gaia. We must do it while we are still strong enough to negotiate, and not a broken rabble led by brutal warlords. Most of all, we should remember that we are a part of it, and it is indeed our home."

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