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According to some science buffs, Darwin may well have got it wrong. Human evolution, they believe, may well have happened because of climate change.
So, the question is, will our present state of climate change, which we’ve undoubedly accelerated if not entirely brought about ourselves this time, mean we’ll start evolving again?
There are two arguments to this. One is that we will evolve in order to survive the environment created by climate change, the other is that things are happening far too quickly for homo sapiens (that’s us lot, in case you don’t know) to catch up and evolve in time. I know which argument I subscribe to.
With the human mindset of the wealthy countries seemingly being hell bent on continuing the consumer ride for as long as possible, surviving what for us humans will be an environmental crisis just isn’t possible so why the heck aren’t more people waking up and realising that changes have to be made by all of us if we’re going to have a chance of surviving in any kind of reasonably comfortable manner?
The other side say that if we really do become extinct then it was meant to be; our time had simply come to an end. Well yeah... I suppose everything has to end somewhere but that’s like saying if you’re told you’re seriously ill but there may well be a cure, you might just as well sit back and wait to die cos your time’s been called. Very easy to say when you’re not actually in the situation but something entirely different when you are. I can only think that those who are taking this side of the debate haven’t really understood the impact our selfish actions are having on the planet otherwise they surely wouldn’t take such a laid back view? Blimey, I can be selfish at times and am far from perfect but I'd hate to be that ignorant.
I’d like my children to grow old after living worthwhile, fulfilling lives. I’d like my grandchildren to grow up. I’d like my great-grandchildren to have a chance of being born. I don’t want it to end here. Maybe that’s selfish too? Maybe I just see humans as being more worthy than anything else that may evolve. I dunno... it’s possible, but isn’t the desire to procreate and keep the species alive something that’s programmed into all creatures?
Sure, the dinosaurs died out and up we popped but the dinos didn’t go around saying “shit, we’re causing problems that are threatening our survival but what the hell?” did they? They were innocent. We’re not. We’ve known for a long time that we’re pissing on our own parade but have done very little about it. Doesn’t that make us the dumbest of the ‘dumb animals’?
Oh well... I can’t change things alone but I can at least try to spread some awareness. In the meantime I’ll just carry on doing my bit, hopefully improve on it, and hope that enough people do their bit too so maybe we stand a chance of winning this race before the final line gets washed away because I really don’t believe evolution’s gonna do its thing in time.