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marmar Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-14-11 10:27 AM
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The Planet Strikes Back: Why We Underestimate the Earth and Overestimate Ourselves


from TomDispatch:




The Planet Strikes Back
Why We Underestimate the Earth and Overestimate Ourselves

By Michael T. Klare


In his 2010 book, Eaarth: Making a Life on a Tough New Planet, environmental scholar and activist Bill McKibben writes of a planet so devastated by global warming that its no longer recognizable as the Earth we once inhabited. This is a planet, he predicts, of melting poles and dying forests and a heaving, corrosive sea, raked by winds, strafed by storms, scorched by heat. Altered as it is from the world in which human civilization was born and thrived, it needs a new name -- so he gave it that extra a in Eaarth.

The Eaarth that McKibben describes is a victim, a casualty of humankinds unrestrained consumption of resources and its heedless emissions of climate-altering greenhouse gases. True, this Eaarth will cause pain and suffering to humans as sea levels rise and croplands wither, but as he portrays it, it is essentially a victim of human rapaciousness.

With all due respect to McKibbens vision, let me offer another perspective on his (and our) Eaarth: as a powerful actor in its own right and as an avenger, rather than simply victim.

Its not enough to think of Eaarth as an impotent casualty of humanitys predations. It is also a complex organic system with many potent defenses against alien intervention -- defenses it is already wielding to devastating effect when it comes to human societies. And keep this in mind: we are only at the beginning of this process. ..........(more)

The complete piece is at: http://www.tomdispatch.com/post/175379/tomgram%3A_micha... (the story follows a brief intro)



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Tippy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-14-11 10:40 AM
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1. Have a question Do you think any or all of the bad things that are taking place
with our environment is what is causing republicans to act the way they do???????Just asking....
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tavalon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-14-11 11:39 AM
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2. This falls squarily in my worldview
That's why I have personified Earth as Gaia and I've called her a living entity and that she will determine what comes and goes on her back. We are the endangered species (and taking many with us) not her. She will prevail. We will learn and learn fast her rules or we will not stay. We will be removed, flicked off Gaia like a gnat off of a horse's mane.
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Nihil Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-15-11 05:53 AM
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3. Interesting piece - thanks for posting it. (n/t)
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