It was only just last week that the discussions on climate change began in Copenhagen by world leaders, in order to curb global warming and the supposed climate change that will result, if global warming is not curbed. Now I know this is a very touchy subject with strong feelings on both sides of the debate. There are those who deny global warming and its impact on our planet, and there are those who acknowledge global warming, and see it as a threat to the balance of life on this planet, and its potential impact on climate. In this blog post, I am going to give a spiritual viewpoint on global warming and climate change and really show that yes, we should be concerned about global warming, but not climate change. Sounds contradictory? Well continue reading to find out more.
Climate is a result of a complex set of conditions that governs our atmospheric temperature, humidity, precipitation, barometric pressure, wind factor and so on. It depends upon our relative position from the sun and moon, the tilt of the earth of its axis, the rotation of the earth on its axis, the rotation of the earth around the sun, the rotation of the moon around the earth, longitudes and lattitudes, ocean currents/flows, and climate zones. In our northern hemisphere, we experience a temperate climate which consists of spring, summer, autumn, and winter, each of which brings different types of weather and atmospheric conditions. None of these seasons are in any way under the control of man. There is nothing that we can do to stop spring, summer, autumn or winter from occuring. Nothing! No amount of carbon pollutants and toxic environmental pollutants can change the seasons or the climates. Precipitation, such as rain or snow is not dependent on how many trees there are, but on the ocean. That vast body of water, the ocean, is the major reserve of all of earth's water supply, as well as underground streams and polar caps. Yes, melting of the polar caps can potentially cause sea levels to rise, but the polar caps will not totally melt away, because of the position of the arctic and antaractic poles relative to the sun, and the tilt of the earth on its axis. Polar caps go through this cycle of melting and refreezing year after year after year. In summer, when it is hotter, the ice melts but not totally, and in winter the water freezes and there is more ice overall.
During the time of Noah's flood the earth was covered with water, but where did all that water come from? In Genesis 7:11 it says, "In the six hundredth year of Noah's life, in the second month, the seventeenth day of the month, the same day were all the fountains of the great deep broken up, and the windows of heaven were opened." The waters came from the fountains of the ocean (the great deep) and from rain! Apparently, there are reserve storehouses of water beneath the earth separate from the ocean itself. This we know to be true because below the earth are myriads of underground fountains and rivers. Look, even here in Florida, in our state, we are floating on massive channels of underground water. That is why there are so many lakes here, and if you dig far enough, you will find water. One of the laws in Florida is that no one should build a swimming pool deeper than six feet, because below that there is no ground, but only water. The natural law of rivers and oceans tell us the same thing. Rivers spring from underground sources/fountains, but always return back the sea/ocean, completing the cycle. It was the same in Noah's day. After the earth was flooded by water from the underground springs and rain, the water returned back to its rightful place again. The underground springs received back its water, and the rain water evaporated off the ground and returned to the atmosphere and the oceans - all kept in store, never to flood the earth again. That is God's promise - that He will never destroy the earth again with water, and He has been keeping that promise all along since the time of Noah, and continues to keep that promise even today (Genesis 9:11). Everytime we see a rainbow in the sky, it is God's reminder to us that the earth will never be destroyed by a worldwide flood (vs. 13-14).
So now, since man is incapable of changing the climate, shall we then not be concerned about the environment and taking care of the earth? God forbid. This planet is God's gift to us, and we are called to be stewards of this planet, and take care of it. The toxic pollutants/chemicals and greenhouse gases, while they do not change the climate, do destroy the purity of the air we breathe, the water we drink, and food we eat. The cutting down of trees in forested areas destroy the delicate balance of the eco-system, and leaves the ground bare and unprotected from erosion. This can affect the quantity and quality of natural resources available to us on earth for our use, and food production. If we continue to destroy the earth, the earth might not be able to give to us of its resources. A judgment is coming upon those who use and abuse the earth in a careless manner. In Revelation 11:18 it says:
And the nations were angry, and thy wrath is come, and the time of the dead, that they should be judged, and that thou shouldest give reward unto thy servants the prophets, and to the saints, and them that fear thy name, small and great; and shouldest destroy them which destroy the earth.
So yes, while pollutants cannot change our climate, they can destroy the beauty and health of this planet, and make living conditions unbearable. How would you like to live in a world of acid rain, polluted streams, barren lands, and smog-filled air? That is where we are heading for if we do not do something to protect this planet.