Houston’s Hurricane Harvey-Disaster: Did Human Negligence Augment an Eco-Tragedy?

SECULAR ORDER takes the position on Climate Change, in general, from a scientific view.  It has been explained by geological and climate scientists for years that, among other methods, ice core samples of the earth provides static evidence of the earth’s prior environs from thousands and even millions of years.  Take a look at Ice Core 101’s link >>  http://climatechange.umaine.edu/icecores/IceCore/Ice_Core_101.html

Striated sedimentation also provides evidence–look at how humans discover a lot of dinosaur fossils and ancient human history!  Of course there are even more high-tech means to study earth’s ancient climate, such as radiocarbon dating…in other words, there are plenty of disciplines within science to accurately measure the earth’s climate from eons before.

And yet we let a political movement within the Conservative political parties and churches all over the world try to make us doubt, literally, millions of years of data that the earth provides for us because some of us are scared of political retribution!

“Global surface temperature relative to 1951-1980 average temperatures. Sixteen of the 17 warmest years in the 136-year record all have occurred since 2001, with the exception of 1998. The year 2016 ranks as the warmest on record.” (Source: NASA/GISS)  That’s NASA, folks.  Here’s the link to that article >>  https://climate.nasa.gov/vital-signs/global-temperature/

Now that we got the elementals out of the way…so, now that we are actually living in the era of Climate Chaos that climate scientists had warned us about–The Great Indian Ocean Tsunami of 2004, Hurricane Katrina, Super-Storm Sandy, entire islands being swallowed whole by rising ocean-levels in the Pacific (Daily Mail, May 9, 2016 >>  http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3578249/Sea-level-rise-claims-five-islands-Solomons-study.html ), the constant, epic monsoon flooding in the Asian seas that mostly affect India, Bangladesh, and Pakistan that are augmented by Global Warming (Wikipedia >>  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Monsoon )…and, of course, the most recent of these monstrous storms, Hurricane Harvey striking Houston, Texas; the forth largest city in the United States–

Again, so now that we are actually living in the era of Climate Apocalypse that earth scientists and Science Fiction authors had warned us about (including yours truly!~see my LinkedIn page) for nearly 100 years, what now?  Even climate-experts and organizations, such as 350.org (> https://350.org/  ), admitted that the earth has already surpassed the benchmark of 350 parts per million of particulate-pollution in the atmosphere since around 2016 and the best we can do is slow the warming of earth!  What can we do?

Well, as much as I hate to admit it, but this assessment is true and we, Humans, all over the world need to start crafting legislation and curbing cultural habits based on where we are now as a planet!  As in:

–National governments step up and be big kids and not be intimidated by the private sector and start prohibiting development on most of the coastal areas of, pretty much, all continents!  Yeah, the ocean- and sea-levels are rising, but we can stop Humans from building in coastal strips where we know will, eventually, crumble into the waters!

–Again, time for national governments to give corporations and the private sector the finger and stop subsidizing the coal, oil, gas, and other retro-energies and start funding (yes, by taxes, damn it!  But also some incentivizations, etc) wind, solar, bio-mass, and other alternative energies!  This will require governments (private sector can jump in on this and actually make a new cottage industry with lots of money!) to invest in citizens and educate them and re-tool the masses for appropriate, alternative energy sectors.

–Citizens, we do not get a pass just because this is some big-picture shit.  My wife and I recycle; that’s awesome and all, but that’s only a fraction of a fraction of what we, as global citizens, have to do.  We could volunteer to pick up trash in our cities and country-side from time to time; attend local city council meetings when our respective municipals have special votes and legislation on our local environment.

Had city officials of Houston done these principles, especially after Hurricane Katrina–where there was an actual environmental apocalypse in real time, with scientists constantly warning the US government about building in flood-zones and attacking Global Warming–it is very safe to say that Hurricane Harvey could have been greatly mitigated! Not avoided, but the hundreds of thousands of citizens affected in Houston could have been a few hundred…

This is it, kids.  As the new aphorism goes, There Is No Planet B, so we might as well try!

(Image:  Collapse of Industrial Civilization, via Google-search)

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