Can COVID-19 Save Lifeboat Earth?
Harbhajan Singh asks [6 April 2020]: “Could COVID-19 save Lifeboat Earth?”
Many realize that eliminating humanity would make Earth healthier for Nature, plants and animals.
Many also realize that without profound changes to human behavior — by everybody, everywhere; including limiting population growth and ending greenhouse gas emissions — that humanity can not exist in balance with Nature, and both will increasingly suffer, eventually — in a few lifetimes? — fatally.
It is well documented that as human encroachment and destruction of Nature (e.g., environments and biodiversity) advances, that habitability decreases.
That decrease is due to a combination of:
— pollution (bad air, ocean plastic, dead seas, lost topsoil, lost forests, toxic land);
— climate change (and more violent weather, floods, droughts, wildfires);
— food source degradation (inorganic industrial farming, loss of natural varietals, loss of seafood), and
— greater hazards of releasing viruses (epidemics and pandemics) fatal to people.
The scientific reports get very specific on ‘this particular negative effect has this particular [human stupidity] cause’, but in aggregate they show what I’ve just outlined.
More people are realizing that humanity’s accelerating encroachment and destruction of Nature can only cause more deadly virus pandemics to plague us. Hotter environmental temperatures from global warming, and greater particulate and noxious gases pollution from human activity (industrialization, capitalism, militarism) aggravate the severity and lethality of all respiratory illnesses, like COVID-19.
I prefer that humanity became vastly more intelligent, and cooperative, and altruistic, and balances its existence (both individual and collective) with Nature’s timeless rhythms and geophysical limits.
The most important aspect of that wished-for cooperativeness is that we cease viewing each other as deadly rivals in a grim zero-sum game of making-money one-upmanship and competing narcissistic schemes of enslaving others.
Miraculously, the Earth is the most wonderful Paradise we know of in the entire Universe. If we treated it as such, instead of treating it like a garbage dump and sewer, it would return that appreciation, and we would knowingly experience life in this actual Paradise, for ourselves and for endless future generations.
This is not just poetry, it is fact.