Saturday, December 19, 2009

Man and Climate Change

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.

4 comments:

Daughter of Wisdom said...

The ongoing massive snow storms going on in the eastern U.S. is proof that man has no control over climate, because if we did, we would have stopped these storms. Hurricanes in Florida are proof again of man's helplessness when it comes to climate. Instead of us trying to think of ourselves as more powerful than we really are, we need to humble ourselves before God, and acknowledge God's great power in controlling the climate. Because I have a healthy respect for the power of God through nature, I have no fear when storms occur. I know that God is powerful and awesome, and that He will do what He chooses. If we trust Him, we have nothing to fear.

opaque said...

COPENHAGEN [AP] – Shocked and shaken by the theft of the Auschwitz sign, the world community must now "take note" of another midnight action. This time its a deal brokered by US President Barack Obama at the largest and most important U.N. meeting ever on fighting global warming. The new deal, which abandons the most vulnerable of nations along with the world's biologically rich tropical forests, continues a pattern of what international representatives call a "real lack of transparency" by the White House. Obama dismissed the UN's criticisms of his unusual and undemocratic negotiating process as "cynicism" while declaring his unbinding document an "unprecedented breakthrough". Obama's document promises to funnel up to $100B a year through the UN Development Programme, widely known for its corruption. "The deal is a triumph of spin over substance," said Jeremy Hobbs, executive director of Oxfam International, it "kicks back" on the issue of "climate cash". Like the Nazis sending "6 million people into furnaces" in the Holocaust, Obama is condemning the world to wide-spread global warming deaths, other leaders pointed out. Meanwhile, outside in the cold, hundreds of European protesters chanted and carried signs of Obama with the word "shame" pasted on his face.

Daughter of Wisdom said...

Opaque,

Thanks for the news clip, although I am not sure what point you are making. I will continue looking into these matters further and give further spiritual clarification when necessary.

Daughter of Wisdom said...

My concern with 'greenhouse gases' is with the emission of carbon monoxide (CO). I am not too worried about carbon dioxide (CO2) as carbon dioxide is easily and naturally absorbed by plants, which use it to make food in photosynthesis. Photosynthesis in turn produces more oxygen (O2), which is essential for respiration. So we can use green plants to take care of any excess CO2 that there is in the environment. My concern is with carbon monoxide as it is a colorless and odorless gas and highly toxic. When CO is inhaled, it replaces O2 in our blood, and leads to death, due to hypoxia. It is a well-known fact that one of the ways people commit suicide is to lock themselves in a garage and run the car engine. The CO fumes from the exhaust causes hypoxia and death.

Scientists need therefore to re-focus their efforts on reducing CO emissions, and the conversion of exhaust CO into the safer CO2, prior to putting emissions into the atmosphere.