Frosty Wooldridge


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The perfect disaster: humanity vs. nature

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 , “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 coast.
“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 high-pressure hose.”
“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,”
Kennedy reported. “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 replicate.”
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.
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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.” .  His latest book is: How to Live a Life of Adventure: The Art of Exploring the World by Frosty Wooldridge, copies at 1 888 280 7715/ Motivational program: How to Live a Life of Adventure: The Art of Exploring the World by Frosty Wooldridge, click:
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Comment by Ed Price
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Frosty, you are so clever. You title the article: "The perfect disaster: humanity vs. nature." And the title looks so good that most people jump right into the rhetoric of the article without even thinking about the title. The title is an oxymoron. It is self-contradictory. And the article is aimed at debunking religion among religious folks who believe in the One true God.

Aren't you an evolutionist, Frosty? Don't you believe in evolution, even though you might believe in some kind of a god, as well? So, here's what's wrong with your article from an evolution standpoint. It is right in the title. It is that humanity might be able to be against nature. Humanity CAN'T be against nature, no matter how hard we try, from an evolution standpoint, that is. Why not? Because, from an evolution standpoint, humanity is part of nature. And humanity's doings are part of nature. The whole title is an oxymoron.

From a One God religious standpoint, the article might make sense, even though the title does not. When people fight nature, on the outside of the fight it seems that they are really fighting God, the Creator of nature. But what people are really doing is fighting themselves. Why? Because nature will finally win in the fight, as will God. People simply don't know enough, couldn't hold enough of the knowledge in their thought processes, to formulate a plan that would let them either, fight nature and win, or, help nature along in some meaningful way.

Your whole article is designed to get a bunch of unthinking people to want to turn over their freedom to a Government with the idea that the Government will put a stop to the destruction of nature. But, look and think. It's the Government that is raping nature. And the biggest ways that they are doing it is by taking freedom from people, lying that they will use the people's resources to fix nature, and then, pouring the resources into big business which is destroying nature way more than an unorganized group of free people ever could.

Who's paying you, Frosty?

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