Feb 22 09 Glimmer

feb 22

Thanks Gabriel, this looks good. I will look at it more tomorrow and see if I have ideas to make it more poetic. Amara, I'd love to hear your ideas also …

fyi, it has been a long weekend for me and I moving a bit slower than usual. We have two babies in my household now and somebody is always crying, somebody always needs to be picked up, somebody always is needing to be fed. I sit and hold the 3-week old little one and wonder about her future on this planet and the future of any children that she might have one day…

I like what you wrote. It made me remember the Orphic Hym to Gaia poem by Virgina Stewart: "Oh Goddess, Source of Gods and Mortals, All-fertile, All-Destroying Gaia, Mother of All…."

I also looked up the authors of the Gaia hypothesis that Riyanna mentioned: Brian Swimmer and James Lovelock:
Dr. Brian Swimme (born 1950) is a mathematical cosmologist and the director of the Center for the Story of the Universe at the California Institute of Integral Studies. He is the author of four books on cosmology, evolution and religion. Swimme is the producer of a twelve-part dvd series Canticle to the Cosmos which has been distributed worldwide.
I was struck by Lovelock's idea of the way things are going… here is a bit cut and pasted of his thinking:

Given these conditions, Lovelock expects human civilization will be hard pressed to survive. He expects the change to be similar to the Paleocene-Eocene Thermal Maximum when atmospheric concentration of CO2 was 450 ppm. At that point the Arctic Ocean was 23 degrees Celsius and had crocodiles in it, with the rest of the world mostly scrub and desert. He says of sustainable development and renewable energy that it came "200 years too late" and that more effort should go into adaptation, including more use of fission. He likens the Kyoto Protocol to the Munich conferences that failed to prevent World War II, including the likelihood that the disaster will cause people to come together in common cause. "We have been through no less than seven of these events as humans…comparable in extent to the change" likely to be wrought by global warming.

He claims that Gaia's self-regulation will likely prevent any extraordinary runaway effects that wipe out life itself, but that humans will survive and be "culled and, I hope, refined."

According to James Lovelock, by 2040, the world population of more than six billion will have been culled by floods, drought and famine. The people of Southern Europe, as well as South-East Asia, will be fighting their way into countries such as Canada, Australia and Britain. He says that "By 2040, parts of the Sahara desert will have moved into middle Europe. We are talking about Paris - as far north as Berlin. In Britain we will escape because of our oceanic position." Lovelock believes it is too late to repair the damage. "If you take the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change predictions, then by 2040 every summer in Europe will be as hot as it was in 2003 - between 110F and 120F. It is not the death of people that is the main problem, it is the fact that the plants can't grow - there will be almost no food grown in Europe. We are about to take an evolutionary step and my hope is that the species will emerge stronger. It would be hubris to think humans as they now are God's chosen race."[29]


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