The arrival of the dry season in the Amazon basin has left us once again shocked by the images that the news shows, by the voracity and destruction of the fires that run through this lung of the planet. While fires are above average in Amazonas and Rondônia, they are low on average in Mato Grosso and Pará. However, in Santa Cruz, Bolivia, there is a significant increase in forest fires, well above the average for the season. (Data from https://www.globalfiredata.org/forecast.html#amazonas). Photo: NASA
Our position as humanity today is to try to find solutions to what we perceive as a gigantic long-term problem. We have called this problem Climate Change. The gigantic scale of the problem is given by the time involved in solving it, far beyond the range of life of any of us. It is also a large-scale issue in terms of the cooperation capacity required to achieve the objective. Never before has mankind joined such a degree of time, resources and in number of individuals required to obtain an achievement of this magnitude.
Perhaps the closest example to a joint global effort was World War II (1939-1945), which mobilized millions of people from dozens of countries on two sides facing each other and willing to sacrifice everything (lives and tax coffers included) for the survival of their respective political models.
Although war is a very human activity and prevalent throughout our history as a species, we could agree that an armed conflict is not the most laudable common goal we could show.
Climate Change (and the care of our planet in general, by the way) can give us a unique opportunity to rethink how we do things.
The successive industrial and technological revolutions have opened up unthinkable possibilities for us to grow and develop as humanity, making progress thanks to science and brilliant inventive minds of every rank that made their inventions available to a growing group of people. Technology and a coherent vision have contributed to the sustained increase in the average quality of life of the countries.
Today science, institutions (public and private) and people work together worldwide to increase the quality of life of their respective habitats. Nothing presumes that this is going to stop, allowing by 2050 the world population to grow to about 10 billion human beings.
Today we understand natural processes like never before. We can use high-end tools located in space to know the composition of minerals in any territory and then exploit them. We can use genetic editing technology inside an ovum and thus avoid life-threatening conditions for a newborn. Thanks to the technologies developed in the last decades, the eyes can settle with more certainty in places where we had not yet arrived, such as the seabed.
Human ingenuity has spread faster and faster, breaking borders and paradigms to tame Nature, which is no longer seen as untamed, but as we have already tamed it.
However, this growth has a cost. We rely on what the planet can provide. It is the Earth’s resources that truly sustain human growth. Without a sustainable planet we would be, in a short time, only space junk.
The best understanding of our state of situation can give us a new mission as humanity, thus following the line raised by R. Buckminster Fuller in his book “Operating Manual For Spaceship Earth”, which is to treat our planet like a spaceship, whose resources are vast, but finite. A ship that we must take care of and repair if possible because, for now, it is the only sustainable biosphere we know.
Human inventiveness and vision brought us to what we are today. It should not be neglected that the problems we suffered came along with the benefits, the latter being more prevalent than the previous ones. That is, we still have time to correct, since we still have our spaceship Earth working well.
Let’s use technology to unite and better manage resources. Let’s apply a coherent human vision to make sense of this mission. Will the negative effects of climate change be reversed? I do not know. However, it is a mission worth applying in life for each individual who wishes to leave a legacy.
In December of this year, the 25th version of the Conference of the Parties (https://www.cop25.cl/) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change will be held in Santiago, Chile. It is estimated that more than 25 thousand delegates from 196 countries will attend to agree on actions to attack climate change.
This is a great opportunity to raise awareness of how urgent it is to take care of our planet. We are all incumbent when it comes to the environment. Both people and companies must add to a change of mentality that translates into actions in favor of sustainability.
From my point of view there are already solutions and intentions to make big changes in favor of the environment. What is required is to know the creators of the solutions and the leaders of the initiatives to generate coordination that result in concrete actions. For this I created groups in Linkedin and WhatsApp where we can talk in tune and help things happen. If you are interested in sustainability and the environment we hope to hear from you.
Linkedin group (in English and Spanish): https://www.linkedin.com/groups/12276525/
WhatsApp Group (in Spanish): https://chat.whatsapp.com/EDvl7uQGd1ILB4ElJM9mjC
Author: Luis Leighton Carvajal. He works in Marketing. He thinks that digital technologies can help improve society beyond what people could imagine. He likes to enjoy open spaces riding his bike. Amateur cloud watcher.