This is a story about the Human Race. For many years, it managed to live in harmony with nature on the Blue Planet, respecting the environment and appreciating the natural balance between the different forces of nature and its ecosystems. Scientists call it the “Balance of Nature theory”:
The balance of nature is a theory that proposes that ecological systems are usually in a stable equilibrium, which is to say that a small change will be corrected by some negative feedback that will bring the parameter back to its original “point of balance” with the rest of the system.
For many generations, people acknowledged that in order to keep the balance, they should utilise resources such as hunting and fishing, just enough for their immediate needs, allowing nature to produce more supply to match with demand. However, with population growth came more demand. Then, the industrial revolution and the human desire to make a profit. Humans are the reason many species are becoming extinct. The fish population has decreased which evidently causes more ecological imbalance in our blue oceans. Evidently, during the latter half of the twentieth century, the “balance of nature theory” was superseded by the “catastrophe theory”:
Catastrophe theory originated with the work of the French mathematician René Thom in the 1960s and suggests that small changes in certain parameters of a nonlinear system can cause equilibria to appear or disappear, leading to large and sudden changes of the behaviour of the system.
In simple terms, the Balance of Nature has now become a complete Catastrophe.
The world is changing, the weather is becoming more and more extreme, temperatures keep rising, our blue planet is warming up, the icebergs are melting, these are all scientific facts. Yet, as we are heading towards a disaster, there are still many people who ignore the facts and do absolutely nothing to stop it. Our World Leaders.
Their lack of action is so appalling, that it took out hundreds of thousands of students to the streets back in March 2019, supported by a growing number of adults, business owners and common people in September 2019, during the UN Climate Change Summit. Our kids are crying out, the next generation is demanding that this generation will take responsibility and clean up the mess. But instead of showing responsibility, what we hear from our politicians is a ridiculous response that “kids should go to school”, let alone the Australian Prime Minister lecturing that “what we want is more learning in schools and less activism in schools”. Well, our children are much smarter and can teach us a thing or two about the basics of democracy.
Our new hero, and hopefully a future world leader, is Greta Thunberg, a 16-year-old Swedish environmental activist who captured our hearts with her speech at the UN:
This is all wrong. I shouldn’t be up here. I should be back in school on the other side of the ocean. Yet you all come to us young people for hope. How dare you!
You have stolen my dreams and my childhood with your empty words. And yet I’m one of the lucky ones. People are suffering. People are dying. Entire ecosystems are collapsing. We are at the beginning of mass extinction, and all you can talk about is money and fairy tales of eternal economic growth. How dare you!
For more than 30 years, science has been crystal clear. How dare you continue to look away and come here saying that you’re doing enough when the politics and solutions needed are still nowhere in sight.
When our governments betray us, when politicians forget what they are meant to do in Canberra, Washington and any other capital city, people should remind them every day, let alone vote them out at the next election. When our leaders focus on profit and helping out political associates in the name of “strong economy”, rather than saving our environment, we should call them out as liars and cheats. One cannot stop thinking about what would have happened if Al Gore would have won the US election against George W. Bush back in 2000… how different would our blue planet be today…
80,000 people marched in Sydney Australia, hundreds of thousands around the globe. This is what we say, and we should not stop until we get it:
What do we want?
When do we want it?