3. isn't that like rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic?
fix the problem, don't throw a life jacket to the polar bears. People think that we can/will break the earth, but Mother Earth will toss us off her back when and if she feels threatened, just like a dog shakes the water off his back. The Earth was here before us and will be here long after we are gone, but we need to stop pissing her off.
4. the polar bear who is drowning now might not appreciate your plan to save the world a century hence
Edited on Fri Dec-29-06 04:40 PM by pitohui
obviously it is not a permanent plan but if it can save the bears now until we get the environment back on track, it's worth doing, and it's jobs
in my opinion we need a new "new deal" with lots of new jobs for americans that involve fixing and studying the environment, helping polar bear is just one, it will help this hurting economy and help the environment too
anyway that's my idea for saving the world, it is not original, it is just not currently being "done"
a lot of people studying the flora and fauna of our planet are currently working for NOTHING and have to raise funds by leading bird tours or holding other jobs on top of their actual research
i wouldn't call such programs mere deck chair re-arranging, they buy time which is coming to be an increasingly important commodity as it runs out
8. It will be centuries before the environment is "back on track"
Even if tomorrow we completely stopped emitting CO2 from our cars and power plants, the planet will continue to warm for decades. The warming we're seeing now is due to CO2 released decades ago, as there is a lag-time effect with regard to CO2 vs. global warming.
Currently, there are only proposals underway on how to reduce our CO2 emmissions, not cut them to nothing. That's the bugger of it all: we are so far gone with regards to global warming that not only must we be carbon-neutral, we must be carbon-negative, finding ways to re-inject existing CO2 back into the ground. The technology to produce not only CO2-free energy, but also enough excess energy to sequester CO2 from the atmosphere, is decades away in the form of fusion reactors. By then the sea ice around the Arctic will be almost completely gone.
Sorry to be a pessimist, but the polar bears are doomed, as are many other species around the world. Putting up artificial ice sheets won't save the seals they rely on for food, as they'll likely decline as sea temps rise and their food sources decline. The best we can do now is put fertlized embryos into cryostasis and hope that at some point in the future we can resurrect them.
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