Ever hear of these adages, “You can’t fool Mother Nature!”?
“What comes around goes around!” “You
get what you pay for!” “You get what’s
coming to you!” “Life teaches you
lessons; but if you don’t learn them; life teaches with greater harshness the
next time around.”
In the last 100 years, ever since Henry Ford
introduced the automobile, humanity waged and continues waging its destructive
onslaught of Mother Nature.
Humans kill billions of animals. Mankind injects 80,000 chemicals into the land,
water and air 24/7 that wreak havoc with the web of life. Humans cut, burn, drain and destroy forests,
wetlands, ground water and anything else in their path. They blow off the tops of mountains for coal
while they drill for oil in deserts and beneath the oceans.
An artist named Schimmel while visiting the South
Pole said, “Antarctica has come to symbolize the last of the wild places. But no place is sacred in Man’s eyes. In this pristine wilderness, greed would find
a haven for devastating industry. For
God’s sake, with a planet full of beings such as ourselves, even the stars
aren’t safe.” (Source: A Extreme
Encounter: Antarctica by Frosty Wooldridge)
In an excellent piece by Abbey Kennedy, Winter 2007,
in the www.populationconnection.org
, “The Perfect Disaster: Man vs. Nature”, Fact Sheet, she illustrated how
Mother Nature cannot be fooled and what goes around comes around.
“On August 29, 2005, Hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf
Coast, leaving hundreds of dead and thousands of homes destroyed in the most
destructive natural disaster in U.S. history,” Kennedy reported. “The aftermath
of Katrina laid bare the catastrophic consequences of irresponsible population
and environmental policies that our nation has carried out for decades.”
Loss of coastal wetlands intensified the tragedy
left in the hurricane’s wake. The Gulf
waters continue their march inland.
Every half hour, a piece of land the size of a football field vanishes
beneath the Gulf. Human development destroys the balance of nature on the
“This development has had the devastating side
effect of disabling the natural sediment distribution system that created the
largest contiguous area of wetlands in the United States,” Kennedy reported. “Before
the large-scale construction of the levees began in the 1930s, the Mississippi
River changed course within a 200 mile wide arc. It deposited sediment as it
shifted, creating huge expanses of wetlands.”
Levees destroyed the national processes. Time Magazine columnist Nathan Thornburgh
said the levee system turned the Mississippi River into the “world’s largest
“As a result, the wetlands and marshes of southern Louisiana
are disappearing at a rate of 25 square miles a year, roughly an acre every 33
minutes, for a total of 1,900 square miles since the 1930s,”
“As wetlands, that act as speed-bumps for storms, disappear, with them go the
wildlife habitats and systems of natural protection against storms and floods
that have proven exceptionally difficult and expensive for humans to
As oil use shot skyward faster than a spaceship
launch at Cape Canaveral, Florida, the Gulf Coast suffered a human population
surge beyond its carrying capacity. That surge destroyed the natural systems on
the coast. In one year alone, 10.1
million people visit New Orleans, adding stress to overwhelmed ecosystems.
On the construction side, 1,540 new single-family
homes gain permits for building in coastal counties every day! Since 1980, growth jumped by 75 percent.
While Katrina wreaked havoc on humans and their
economies, few paid any attention to the environmental toll. Louisiana features an almost diabolical
chemical alley, that for years, poisoned humans, plants and animals with equal obliteration.
“Chemical and biological contaminants from submerged
cars, human feces, dead bodies, uprooted chemicals and oil facilities filled
the flood waters,” Kennedy reported. “The Coast Guard estimated seven million
gallons of oil spilled into southeast Louisiana. Toxic sludge remains…now that
this toxic sludge is drying out; these toxic particles are being carried into
the air, creating a toxic dust bowl.
This extremely polluted air is going to result in long-term illness and
disease for people who live in the region.”
Has the U.S. Government learned any lessons? Apparently not! They continue funding runaway building and
construction that creates endless human hyper-population growth.
“Diverting river water, manually depositing
sediment, and other anti-erosion projects can help revitalize the wetlands,”
Kennedy reported. “But any long-range strategy to protect our nation’s
ecosystems must address the root cause of destruction. Otherwise, we will just be sticking our
finger in the dike and waiting for the next flood.”
Look across the United States for accelerating
evidence of human devastation of the land.
With an added 3.1 million people added annually on our way to adding 100
million in 30 years, the natural world doesn’t stand a chance against human
onslaught. However, you cannot fool
Mother Nature over the long term.
She will bring new and harsher lessons for humanity.
with Dave Chaffin, host of the Morning
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Frosty Wooldridge has bicycled across six
continents - from the Arctic to the South Pole - as well as eight times across
the USA, coast to coast and border to border. In 2005, he bicycled from the
Arctic Circle, Norway to Athens, Greece. In 2012, he bicycled coast to coast
across America. He presents “The Coming
Population Crisis facing America: what to do about it.” www.frostywooldridge.com
. His latest book is: How to Live a Life
of Adventure: The Art of Exploring the World by Frosty Wooldridge, copies at 1
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