A Bird’s and Dog’s Eye View
Global Warming and Climate Change
Bentley: Leo, I’ve read that the intensity of Hurricane Michael in Florida is related to global warming and climate change. That the unusually warm waters in the Gulf of Mexico made it worse. What do you know about this?
Leo: Well, global warming refers only to the Earth’s rising surface temperature, while climate change includes warming and the “side effects” of warming – like melting glaciers, heavier rainstorms and flooding, or more frequent drought.
Bentley: So, global warming is one symptom of the much larger problem of human-caused climate change?
Leo: Yes, in a way, but humans are not completely responsible for current Earth changes and activity. Earth has experienced climate change before and its average temperature has fluctuated throughout the planet’s history. The planet has had long cold periods (ice ages) and warm periods (interglacials) on 100,000-year cycles for at least the last million years. So, the Earth goes through its normal cycles and humans only have a minimal effect on this cyclical process. To look at it from a bigger perspective, the Earth has a cyclical process that humans cannot change, but may slightly hasten.
The Earth is shifting on its axis as it has in its past evolution. It will be spinning differently as it sits in the solar system that is ever moving and changing. And in this process, it will be reorienting things on its surface. And this process is what humans call “climate change.”
Some of the reorienting: animals and people will instinctively migrate to different places on the Earth in response to the shifting of land masses and water on the planet. Barrier reefs unrelated to human influence will always come and go. Species of animals and insects will always come and go in the third dimension, while in Creation they are never gone. Things on the Earth and in our Solar System are always changing with or without us.
Bentley: So, Leo, I gather from what you’re saying that all living things need learn to respect and live harmoniously with this living, breathing thing we call Earth. And that they also need to acknowledge and adapt to the Earth’s natural cyclical experience!