Climate change has gained public notoriety because of the phenomenon of global warming, which no one contests any longer. Research shows that we humans are at least partially, and perhaps primarily, responsible for the deterioration of the climate, and the increase in global temperatures.
Pollution and industrial activity are the major culprits in the degradation of conditions on our planet. Governments, as well as individuals, should make a concerted effort to avoid the eventual doomsday catastrophe our planet faces, which would result in the disappearance of life on Earth. That’s what’s at stake in the coming century.
If the concept of global warming is now unanimously recognized, implying that mankind can change the climate on Earth in a negative way, and suffer the consequences, why shouldn’t the reverse also be true?
Is our planet showing her displeasure by creating catastrophes to punish people, and make us feel the pain we are inflicting? Is that Earth’s way of making war on us?
The hypothesis supposes that the Earth has a consciousness, and feels pain just like people and animals. In some traditions, even rocks and minerals are sensitive to their environment.
Most traditional societies, as well as many religions, accept that point-of-view, and advise their members to treat the Earth equitably, by listening to their conscience. We must always respect our home, and think before we act to avoid harming her.
In shamanistic traditions practiced by Celts, Nordic cultures, Amerindians, Africans, etc., and in religions like Buddhism and Hinduism, the Earth is seen as a huge living organism formed by the sum of the consciousness of all beings living on her surface.
It would even be accurate to say that all forms of life are manifestations of the larger consciousness of Nature.
In traditional shamanistic societies (Amerindian tribes, Druids, etc.) every form of life – animal, vegetal or mineral – possesses a consciousness that manifests itself differently from human awareness.
Obviously, you never see a tree walking or an animal talking (although some legends claim there was a time when that was possible).
Many para-psychological researchers have provided proof that animals have a conscience, and that vegetable react to various outside stimuli, including music.
The theories find some confirmation in modern science, which for a long time has shown that animals aren’t machines, and adapt to their environment, as the case may be.
They’ve observed apes who learned how to swim to get food from the sea, when deforestation pushed them out of their natural habitat and forced them to take refuge on beaches (in Asia).
Plants are capable of overcoming obstacles like walls in order to plunge their roots in the water they need to survive.
Such adaptive behaviors have been observed many times by biologists and anthropologists, proving that all forms of life on Earth are conscious, not simple inanimate and passive objects.
The religious traditions mentioned above all believe in nature spirits (sprites, gnomes, fairies, korrigans, etc.) who people our natural spaces, and watch over them. They too carry the Earth‘s conscience. Some people can see them, and there are even a few photographs of fairies and other nature spirits that have been thoroughly examined, and found to be real, not photo-shopped, to the great chagrin of official science!
People`s beliefs could have been considered absurd fantasies by the scientific community, had not certain serious and qualified researchers not come forward with a theory.
In 1970, a British ecologist, James Lovelock, dropped a bomb on the scientific world by presenting his bio-geo-chemical theory, better known as the Gaïa Theory after the Greek goddess who symbolizes the Earth. Centuries ago, Gaïa was worshipped by the Greeks, as well as by the Romans later on.
In 1941, James Lovelock declared (and I quote): `The Earth is a physiological and dynamic system, with a biosphere that has lived in harmony with, and maintained life on our planet, for over 3 billion years.`
Scientific traditionalists and defenders of scientific purity cried scandal, and tried to ridicule the theory and its author. Their efforts, however, proved to be in vain, an Lovelock was never proven wrong.
Many scientists before Lovelock, such as Johannes Kepler (1571 – 1630) the famous astronomer, and Leonardo da Vinci (1452- 1519) who compared the Earth`s functions to a human body, advanced the theory that the Earth is a living organism.
Earth Regulates Itself
According to Lovelock`s Gaïa Theory, the living beings on Earth form a single vast organism, capable of regulating itself and reacting to threats against it.
Climactic catastrophes could be a reaction of this immense organism to try and re-establish its lost natural balance. But the imbalance isn’t cause only by people. Man has nothing to do with natural phenomena like volcanic eruptions, tsunamis and earthquakes, except to suffer the consequences.
These catastrophes could also be due to imbalances, the same that are found in any normal living organism, including our own body, whose balance is always unstable. Or they could be reactions of the Earth to the harmful acts of mankind, meant to make us more conscious of our mistakes, anencourage us to change our behavior.