Good Morning, God!
Being a Human, I tend to measure everything in terms of My Life. I remember reading Rocket Ship Galileo as a child and wondering — Will we get to the Moon in my lifetime?
I also remember learning that our planet was in an Interglacial Period that seemed to last between 10,00 and 12,000 years — and that we were getting near the end of that time period. Did I think — Will I see the end of this Interglacial Period in my lifetime? I might have worried about the return of the glaciers. Or I might just have wondered, “What’s Coming Next?”
What’s coming NEXT is a really good question, God!
Even now I haven’t quite grasped that we are in a warm period inside of the Earth’s Fifth Ice Age. Ice Age NUMBER FIVE? . . .YIKES!
Let me step back to NOW. The melting of the poles and glaciers IS accelerating. And it IS a Positive Feedback Loop. That means that as melting speeds up, it sets in play forces (methane gas stored in the tundra, for example) that accelerate the melting.
Sigh. Mostly — I enjoy Science News. But sometime I realize that TIME is Too Big for me. I’m a human and so my life span is my yardstick. Advanced Civilizations can Learn to consider Three Lifespans BACK and Three Lifespans FORWARD. I think the Iroquois did that . . . or tried. I sure hope we have people working on that for us. Three Lifespans Forward . . . Hmm.
It would be really nice, God, if we humans could stop arguing about whether or not we are causing this global warming to speed up — and instead begin a global conversation on how we might respond to it.
Please Help us, God!