Is Mother Earth Cutting Us More Slack?
From Editor, J. Douglas Kenyon
In a time of rising oceans and declining economies, it is easy to become pessimistic about the future of life on Earth. When the things we need are in ever shortening supply and prices we must pay for them continue their inexorable rise, it is hard to resist the notion that the wave of the future might be scarcity, not abundance. In such times, prophets of doom do a brisk business.
The worst of them all, the influential nineteenth century British scholar and cleric Thomas Malthus, forecast catastrophe in a coming collision between growing population and declining resources. His ideas were at the core of late twentieth century fears of a coming population explosion. The word, "Malthusian" has become synonymous with the belief that civilization is on a path to inevitable self-destruction. Among the Malthusian theories currently extant are 'global warming' and 'peak oil.' Certainly such Darwinian notions as 'survival of the fittest,' and political movements like eugenics, and even fascism, depended upon the materialistic premise—still dominating science and politics—that resources are finite and that their proper distribution demands draconian measures. In such thinking, the sustainability of civilization, if not life itself, seems highly doubtful. But is it true?
If we can learn anything from history, it is that prophets of doom are seldom right. Among the thoughtful, the possibility that abundance, not scarcity, could be the wave of the future is starting to gain some traction. Certainly many of the more dire forecasts and computer models have already proven to be, at best, overstated. Again and again, what seems at one point to be a plausible prediction turns out eventually to be counter factual. Take 'peak oil,' for example.
A few years ago, it seemed obvious that we were about to run out of so-called fossil fuels—the main prediction of the 'peak oil' theory. Now it turns out that, with the development of shale sources, Earth's reserves exceed by orders of magnitude what was once thought. And while the development of fully sustainable alternative energy sources remains essential, it now seems possible that we might actually have the time to make it happen. Indeed, the rapid increase in low-carbon-emission natural gas could be one of the most welcome developments ever in terms of global warming. James Lovelock, the originator of the Gaia hypothesis and hero of the green movement, is among those applauding.
Gaia (or Earth goddess) theory is that organisms interact with their inorganic surroundings on Earth to form a self-regulating, complex system (a virtual living being, if you will) that contributes intelligently to maintaining the conditions for life on the planet.
Even the precarious state of the world's fresh water resources (see Susan Martinez's article, "Global Drying," on page 42) may be relieved by the unexpected bounty of Mother Earth. In December we learned that Australian scientists have discovered, and mapped, massive reserves of "freshwater" buried beneath the seabed on continental shelves around the world. According to groundwater hydro geologist Vincent Post, lead author of a new study published in Nature, the estimated 500,000 cubic kilometers of low-salinity water in underocean aquifers is "a hundred times greater than the amount we've extracted from the Earth's subsurface in the past century since 1900."
Perhaps the greatest scarcity threatening us is in the needed vision among humans to intelligently confront the challenges ahead
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