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Week 6-Gaia Theory-Gindy Nagabayashi

Sunday, February 15th, 2009

The world as we know it will cease in about 100 years according to self-proclaimed Planet “doctor” James Lovelock, the man behind the Gaia Theory. The Gaia Theory, named after the Greek goddess of Earth, indicates that the earth is a superorganism. According to Lovelock, humans have made irreparable damage to the earth. The global climate change is heading toward a deadly pace. Lovelock offers a bleak vision for the human race, but does offer some solutions including the use pipelines across the ocean to cure the earth.

Too Little, Too Late?

Lovelock’s insight into the future of earth is a wake up call that people need to start listening to. This week’s topic of Biotechnology conflicts with the Gaia Theory. Biotechnology is largely based on the bettering of man-kind. In that bettering, we sacrifice the earth. Many of the technologies mentioned in class dealt with the cellular level of life. Lovelock criticizes that life scientists and earth scientists are split along the lines of thinking. Lovelock offers a resolve which views the earth as physiological system. At the rate that we continue to dump waste and release chemicals into the atmosphere will lead mankind to its extinction.

We have started to listen to the earth’s cries and have responded to messages of going green. However, I do not think that enough people understand the depth of the problem. I found out a while ago that water bottles are one of the most wasteful products on the market. Millions of plastic bottles end up in waste sites; plastic takes millions of years to degrade. When I relayed this knowledge to my friends, some of them told me that it’s okay because they recycle. My point was that buying water bottles are just bad for the earth because it takes resources to make the bottles, to deliver the bottles to stores, and so on. They still did not see they shouldn’t buy water bottles. Although people are recycling more, I do not believe that the idea of sustainability is getting across to many people.

The problem is that we do not see ourselves as a part of the earth, rather we inhabit the earth. I think that is what has led us to this point, where our planet is severely damaged and unable to recover. We are only right now trying to change this mentality. With optimism and innovative technology, the earth might stand a chance.