Facing extinction-A A +A
Tuesday, July 22, 2014
IT IS the opinion of some scientists and well-known environmentalists that the earth is facing extinction mainly because there is unsustainability in ecology and in the economy.
We are now on the 14th year of the 21st century, but the truth is, we do not know anymore if we can reach the 22nd century which is only 86 years from now. Global warming is increasing and according to experts in agriculture, “for every one degree Celsius increase in temperature there will be a corresponding 10 percent decrease in food production.”
By 2050, the 7 billion people on earth will reach 9.3 billion, as estimated by UN demographers. Where shall be get the food, water and shelter for the increasing world population when the oceans are rising, the land shrinking and our watersheds gone? On top of these, the iceberg is melting at the tune of some 1,000 hectares everyday not to mention the extinction of species.
It is predicted that in the next 50 years, there will be one billion environmental refugees who will not anymore respect national boundaries. This is because insects’ bites will become more rabid and fatal as the earth warms and many have to vacate their lands that are plagued with pestilence and hunger. Survival will be the order of the day causing war for food and water. What is surprising is that all of these scenarios fit well in what are written in the holy books of all major religions. The bible calls it the four horsemen of apocalypse namely: pestilence, hunger, war and death.
As to unsustainability in the economy, well it is Res Ipsa Loquitor (the thing speaks for itself). It is said the wealth of a few billionaires on earth equals the total assets of 3.5 billion people or half of the world’s population. The people in the North are enjoying high consumption causing obesity while billions of the people in the South are facing hunger and malnutrition.
In the Philippines, a circle of a few elite controls the economy and big business controls politics where vested interest and corruption reign supreme despite efforts to curb them.
What have the Homo sapiens done to their co-specie and to Mother Earth? Well, in the 20th century, human beings killed each other causing the deaths of more than one hundred million people in just one hundred years because of two world wars and the so-called “cleansing” of Hitler and Pol Pot.
The violence does not stop on killing each other. Human beings, following the belief of dominance (rule the earth) and that of having a “anthropocentricism” mentality instead of being “bio-centricism,” have caused the massacre of almost all life forms on earth including that of erasing the ecosystems.
Indeed, the humans have followed a flawed paradigm in development that is sacrificing Mother Earth and the people to the altar of greed and profit. It is human madness. It is totally insane. There is this increasing awareness that this kind of madness is just a manifestation of what is, an “inner insanity.”
If what is felt inside is one of dominance of God’s creation to satiate man’s greed, to satisfy the whims and caprices of human beings that resulted to massive consumption, unbridled materiality, massive exploitation of natural resources, uncalled for wealth, dominance and fame, then, the outward manifestation is one of violence, of war, of massive rakings, of corruption, and the destruction of the earth. However, such “inner insanity” does not jibe with the essence of man who is made in the likeness and image of God.
At this stage of human history, there is now an increasing spirituality, an inner transformation to go back to who we really are. That in fact, man is ceasing to be Homo sapiens but transforming into Homo pacem (humans for peace with all of God’s creation) or Spiritus luminous.
That inner transformation based on the increasing individual spiritual consciousness that is connected with that Ocean of Consciousness called God will be the one to save the earth from extinction. That kind of consciousness that is characterized by the purity of love, equity, justice and righteousness, is the one to save the earth from extinction to countervail against the inside insanity and the outward madness that is plaguing the world. That inherent power that is in line with man’s Being which is transformative for people, planet, prosperity and peace must be put into action.
Today, the urgent call is not having more but being more. Join us in the SULOG Movement that harnesses our collective power to protect God’s vanishing creation.
Published in the Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro newspaper on July 22, 2014.