CUSTODIANS – A Book And Online Course About The 21st Century Conundrum – How To Effectively Care For Our Earth
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Humans induced change to our earth is the dominant process
Humans have continually modified the earth from the beginning of the agrarian revolution to the present. These modifications have been generally slow and progressive during the Holocene which has been favourable for humanity and plant and animal evolution with a quickening of the pace of change since the industrial age. However, the 60-year evolution from the industrial age to the technological age has seen knowledge doubling every 12 hours. Humanity has now impacted our earth to such an extent that it has created its own geological epoch of radical change – The Anthropocene. Geologists have identified the start of this epoch as the year 1959.
The Anthropocene has seen the largest impact on the major changes. The carbon economy has taken large numbers out of poverty and improved longevity and survivability at the beginning of life through scientific and medical advances creating a huge increase in global populations. However, it has created major pollution of the air, land and oceans including ubiquitous plastic pollution that contaminates humanities seafood resource and fresh water. The high population growth and meat consumption has created pressure on fresh water, caused forest clearing, and affected temperature rise globally.
Negative Human impact has outstripped the capacity of our ecosystem to stabilise and deliver positive living systems to all life on earth.
Humanity has had demonstrated the effects of this human-induced change to local and global climates through heat sinks caused by clear felling forests ( including the Amazon) and tilling bare soil reducing transpiration and rainfall, increasing storm intensity, melting of ice sheets etc. all of which are simplified as climate change. There are so many unsustainable activities driven by human greed and corruption that are causes of the negative changes that affect our world that need to be totally abandoned or changed to stabilise our ecosystem that are immediate and pressing.
Personal Statement :
Humanity needs a new vision of how to care for our earth that requires the use all our empathy, intelligence and great energy to fix the damage that we have done to ourselves and our earth. To care for our earth the first take total responsibility for ourselves. The questions all humanity should ask is ‘why’ change, ‘when’ do we need to change and ‘what’ can we do ? Considering the weight of evidence our high level response for ‘when’ and ‘why’ must be it’s time and ‘why’ is the necessity to act now before we destroy our capacity to survive. We need a new vision for caring for our earth that requires humanity to use all our empathy, intelligence and great energy to fix the damage that we have done to ourselves and our earth.
Anyone who has had children and grandchildren knows that most things we tell them to do – or tell them that is how something is- generally gets a response of ‘why’ from them. For them and us the statement below will elicit and why response from most of us. Our response as parents will be ‘just cause’ after we have a long session of attempting to respond to the whys. These questions and response work at the basic level, but become more complex due to the interdependence of human activities and require an expanded question and response to make meaningful changes to our situation.
Simple Q and A
Why?: Use do I use the term ‘OUR EARTH’
Just ‘Cause: To emphasise the necessity to care for OUR ONLY HOME NOW so that we and future generations of human, animals and plants can continue to exist and thrive and sustain the biodiversity of our ecosystem.
Why : does humanity need to be custodians of our earth?
Just ‘Cause: Humanity has focusing on adapting our earth’s resources and environment to sustain our civilisations. In past civilisations with more primitive technology and lower populations humanity did not need to pay heed to the interrelated biodiversity that is required to sustain our earth’s life sustaining ecosystem. This has changed in the 21st century as the negative effects of the carbon-based economy, combined with industrial food production and high populations.
When: Did humans begun to change our earth?
Answer: This has occurred since we invented fire and started to undertake agriculture and clear our earth’s forests
Why now are the changes so significant?
In our gut Humanity knows that there are many things that are causing great concern from everything that has happened since we discovered fire and started to knock down a few trees to the third decade of the 21st Century when we affect the whole planet. Humanity has polluted the air, water and land through the ‘miracle’ of plastic, petrochemicals and the impact of land clearing because of the sheer numbers of humans on our small magnificent planet, what we do and how we do it.
To bring about change and to move forward to care for our earth there needs to be a personal and community level change so that each of us can:
- care for our piece of our earth,
- act to demonstrate that care,
- create a framework to give our collective brothers and sisters a chance and a choice to do the same. The problems humanity has created over the millennia to the present are very complex and require integration of information from different sources to show what action is necessary and positively effective on an individual and collective level to make our planet the paradise it was and is meant to be.
- Our earth requires our energy and action to create a sustainable future and avoid creating an inhospitable and eventually inhabitable place for future generations by advocating long term strategies that will stabilise the present situation and improve our earth going forward into the future.
- My book and online course Custodians – a vision for caring for our earth aims to deliver a personal view from te perspective of career geologist on current and emerging science to address the seemingly intractable issues that confront us in the 21st Century.
- The problems are very difficult to solve and no magic bullet will see them disappear without concerted effort by a large number of the inhabitants of our earth.
- My Challenge is a question – Do YOU have the energy to act to BE THE CHANGE YOU WANT TO SEE IN YOUR WORLD? (Ghandi)
- The goal is to identify major seeming unsolvable problems affecting our earth and their paradoxes. Solutions to those problems are difficult as Einstein stated ‘solutions to the problems we have caused will not be solved by the same thinking that caused them’. Humanity over time have the potential to demonstrate what can be done by changing our behaviours at all levels of society. It requires integration of research, new behaviours and transition from major established industries into new levels of human endeavour. There will be much resistance from the highest and most powerful industries on our planet to this change.
Humanity needs wisdom to care for our earth to address and ameliorate the problems we have caused.
Wisdom requires enough people to take crucial steps that build confidence, form lasting habits and be on a journey to sustain each other and protect our earth’s ecosystem and our only home”.
The steps to become an earth custodian include developing personal power and taking positive action through
- self-lovingand accepting,
- being grateful for our earth and its ecosystem and our place in it,
- having a sympathetic impact on the earth’s ecosystem,
- developing wisdom of how to reverse deleterious change humanity has made and to restore balance.
- Self-Confidence in a capacity to instigate positive change and
- Willingness to co-create what should be
Q and A for custodians
Q: Our earth’s ecosystem and the survival of humanity itself is under threat from the consequences of many major human activities. How much of any situation in life can each individual truly control?
Personally this is not easy and requires much careful thought as there is a significant cause and effect
- CAUSE – Demanding others to behave the way we think they should;
- the affected person may remain angry over past and present situations creating feelings of being victimized and unloved; rather than having enough self- love and know that you are really try to help
- Stressing over a future event that may fail or that could embarrass us and not remembering that all we have is the present moment
- Staying in a toxic relationship because it might hurt others.
- Rail against individuals, family, government not meeting our expectations without trying to understand on a personal level what each of us can achieve
- constantly push against the realities of the world, the things we have little or no control over.
We give our personal power away to others when we attempt to change what is beyond our control.
Our personal strength comes from knowing what we CAN control, WHAT we CAN’T and accepting that change is necessary. In this context I would like to quote Desiderata
GO PLACIDLY amid the noise and the haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence. As far as possible, without surrender, be on good terms with all persons.
Speak your truth quietly and clearly; and listen to others, even to the dull and the ignorant; they too have their story.
Avoid loud and aggressive persons; they are vexatious to the spirit. If you compare yourself with others, you may become vain or bitter, for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself.
Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans. Keep interested in your own career, however humble; it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time.
Exercise caution in your business affairs, for the world is full of trickery. But let this not blind you to what virtue there is; many persons strive for high ideals, and everywhere life is full of heroism.
Be yourself. Especially do not feign affection. Neither be cynical about love; for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment, it is as perennial as the grass.
Take kindly the counsel of the years, gracefully surrendering the things of youth.
Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune. But do not distress yourself with dark imaginings. Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness.
Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself. You are a child of the universe no less than the trees and the stars; you have a right to be here.
And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should. Therefore be at peace with God, whatever you conceive Him to be. And whatever your labours and aspirations, in the noisy confusion of life, keep peace in your soul. With all its sham, drudgery and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world. Be cheerful. Strive to be happy.
By Max Ehrmann © 1927
The Reality OF WHAT ONE PERSON CAN CONTROL
The reality – we can control very little OTHER THAN our own thoughts feelings and actions!
People may DO things to us, SAY things about us, attempt to destroy who we are and what we stand for, but nothing or no one can reach inside our being and take our thoughts, feelings and actions UNLESS we believe they have a right to do so.
“Everything can be taken from a (person) but one thing: the last of (their) human freedoms – to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances. To choose one’s way
We need to shape ourselves to fit our earth rather than shape the world to fit us is the wisdom we need
Custodians – The Book
The book Custodians – a vision for caring for our earth aims to deliver a view from of a career geologist on 21st Century problems and on current and emerging science to address the seemingly intractable issues that confront us in the 21st Century. The book looks at how geological processes and human civilisation has interacted and the role of government corruption and human greed have brought humanity to the current situation,
Chapters of Custodians (the book)
Chapter 1: Government corruption, collapse of previous civilisations, and geological processes create landscapes and resources that develop human civilisations
Chapter 2: Geohistory and Geo-awareness – processes that create the landscapes and resources of a region enhance urban settlements to form its most prominent megacity
Chapter 3: Global Geohistory national and geo- parks, world heritage parks
Chapter 4: Resource requirements linked to technological changes
Chapter 5 New resources and acceptable business practices
Chapter 6: 21st century critical issues affecting the planet and human civilisations
Chapter 7: Human induced change – pollution, land degradation and climate – many questions to ponder
Chapter 8: – Powering humanity to sustain our Earth now and in the future.
Chapter 9: Conclusions – ways forward
Custodians- online course
Custodians as an online course extends the concepts outlined in the book with extensive research into the problems that affect our earth than humanity has created.
Throughout history has shown that human civilisations have gained ascendency of other others and natural earth resources through conquest by war, trade in scarce goods, enslavement and control of power to do what was necessary to achieve dominance over others. Weight of numbers and firepower have been dominant in past conflicts. In the 21st Century total war using nuclear arsenals could wipe out the whole human civilisation not only the aggressors in a major conflict. Many Politicians in all countries are corrupt and they would seek to destroy natural environments for personal gain. (e.g. Clearing of the the Amazon rain forest to provide cheap fodder for the lucrative European Dairy industry) and similar clearing and mercury pollution of rivers with illegal gold mining in Chile used by drug dealers and corrupt politicians to launder drug money.
Changing our behaviours are vital as for the first time in the history of the earth OUR species now affects the whole of the earth and could collapse its delicately balanced ecosystem
As a career geologist I am aware of a range of geological processes that have affected the earth and how these processes link to the development of past and current human civilisations.
The online course comprises 11 major modules with some auxiliary information in sub modules of these.The heading of each modules is given below.
Module 1– Course Fundamentals – sessions, module advance videos, workbooks and Q and A sessions
Module 2 – Geological processes and creation of major old world civilisations
- Module 2A – Geological processes and current earth configuration
- Module 2B- How geological processes created the major civilisations’ of the ancient world
MODULE 3 -Trusting government Perception of corruption and reality in developed and developing countries
Module 4 – Collapse of Civilisations
- Module 5A – Geohistory – megacities in the new world
- Module 5B – Geohistory of ancient wonders and ancient civilisations
Moduke 6 – Sources of Ecosystem Degradation other than transport and manufacture
Module 7 – Past 5 Mass Extinctions of Earth and the possible Anthropocene induced 6 th Mass extinction
Module 8 – Chemistry and Technology
Module 9 – Climate change
- Module 10 A – Sustainable development – What is it?
- Module 10B – Business Practices and concepts
- Module 10C Sustainable mining index
- Module 10D – Fresh water
- Module 10E- Natural Hazards
Module 11 – CURRENT media FOCUS ON CLIMATE CHANGE AND 2021 ISSUES