There exists a very seductive delusion that once we cool (or heat) the planet to the proper temperature that the majority of our ecological ills will be over. This is a dangerous self-dectption. “Climate change” per se is not the problem. Temperature fluctuations (increases) reflect underlying carnage caused to nature by excessive human activity.
Once “global warming” has been defeated, and temperatures have been restored to “normal” levels, it will be clearly evident that nothing has been solved. Environmental deterioration will continue its ugly descent. Here is a small itemization of conditions that will not be addressed by a “normal climate”:
+ Concrete. The manufacture and overuse of concrete represents perhaps the leading edge of ecological destruction. Endless earth surfaces are being ripped apart and mined to obtain the literal mountains of sand used in concrete manufacture. The manufacture of the cement component is energy intensive and releases voluminous harmful by-products into the air and water. The impervious surfaces created all over the world by indiscriminate use of concrete are entombing the planet in sterile death.
+ Plastic. The ubiquity and environmental chaos of plastic has been endlessly documented and need not be addressed here. The point is that once temperatures (climate change) have been restored, all of the environmental repercussions of plastic will remain behind.
+ Habitat destruction. The sine qua non of understanding what is happening to the livability of planet Earth is to recognize that the very land itself, the soil, the surface, the natural face of land itself, continues to be devoured by “growth”. The surface of the Earth is going under, taking with it all of the wonderful aspects of a living breathing natural world, sucking it into an ecological black hole.
The New Green Deal and climate change soldiers are well intentioned, but will not contribute meaningfully to the discussion until they discard the illusion that temperature change is the problem. Every time you hear the term climate change, substitute the word growth. This is what the climate change advocates are trying to say, but are unable to articulate. Humans have taken population growth and habitat disturbance to the very edge; there is no where left to go. The Earth suffers terribly from the loss of natural “recharge” areas. China’s Belt and Road Initiative is exactly what is not needed and represents the worst in human thinking. It is an ecological dagger into the heart of the few remaining precious acres on Earth.