Foolish people seem to abound these days, caught in their narrow and childish view that the earth we all share has an infinite ability to absorb the excesses and follies of a hairless primate whose pride far out strips its wisdom. Maybe if the human population was far less than the almost seven billion people today we could go one with such an attitude and behavior. But we do have nearly seven billion people living each wanting to either maintain or achieve a lifestyle that the planet simply can not provide. So that leaves the human race with two options.
We can look beyond to our own selfish concerns and see that we are our brothers, and sisters, keepers and begin to work together. That while these actions will be extremely hard it is a matter of simple survival that we change our behavior and work to repair the damages we have caused. The other option is that we can let the fools and idiots that believe that the earth can continue to supply our outrageous lifestyles go unchallenged. On such a course we in the developed parts of the world could conceivably go on with our lifestyle for decades ignoring those in less developed regions suffering famines, water shortages, plagues, and climate change inspired natural disasters . But eventually, even we would be overwhelmed by a planet whose climate had been dangerously damaged forcing us to suffer the same fate.
ScienceDaily (Oct. 5, 2009) — A new analysis of climate risk, published by researchers at MIT and elsewhere, shows that even moderate carbon-reduction policies now can substantially lower the risk of future climate change. It also shows that quick, global emissions reductions would be required in order to provide a good chance of avoiding a temperature increase of more than 2 degrees Celsius above the pre-industrial level — a widely discussed target. But without prompt action, they found, extreme changes could soon become much more difficult, if not impossible, to control.