... and the way we treat it!
Once again the British Broadcasting Company, BBC, has put together a spectacular television production; the epic story of how geology, geography and climate have influenced mankind. It is remarkable and fabulous viewing as you can sample in these opening minutes from the first episode on Deep Earth.
The four programmes, Deep Earth; Water; Wind; Fire, are testament to both the incredible symbiosis between mankind and the elements and how that relationship is critically balanced in a way that allows us to survive. Some of the images are truly outstanding, for example, the section on Prof. Iain Stewart exploring the Naica Cave system in Mexico.
This theme of the balance of geological circumstances that allows, just, mankind to survive comes across time and time again in these films. For example, our relationship with fresh water which we all take completely for granted.
Have any of us really pondered how long we would survive if there was insufficient clean, safe drinking water to go around?
The programmes also reveal something of the technological prowess that mankind has achieved to allow the way these films have been produced.
So why, oh why, are we also such a stupid, stupid species – so stupid that we foul our own nest to an incredible degree.
One could pick anyone of so many examples of our stupid short-sightedness but fouling the world’s oceans is as daft as it gets.
I am referring to the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, 100 million tons of plastic garbage (more than the weight of the plankton in the Pacific) that covers an area twice the size of the USA!
From The Independent newspaper:
A “plastic soup” of waste floating in the Pacific Ocean is growing at an alarming rate and now covers an area twice the size of the continental United States, scientists have said.
The vast expanse of debris – in effect the world’s largest rubbish dump – is held in place by swirling underwater currents. This drifting “soup” stretches from about 500 nautical miles off the Californian coast, across the northern Pacific, past Hawaii and almost as far as Japan.
There is a huge amount of information simply at the touch of a Google search but try this link and video.
I don’t have any answers just a profound dismay at some aspects of the way that all of us, and I do include me, don’t really understand how precious this beautiful planet is, to an extent that it really modifies our behaviours.
By Paul Handover