One of the issues that is apparently being given some relevance in international opinion is whether or not we are still in time to reverse the effects that our gas emissions are causing on the planet's climate.
Let's see, the changes in the climate of the entire planet -except for a natural catastrophe such as the fall of the meteorite that 365 million years ago caused abrupt modifications- are occurring naturally in a very gradual way, that is, they have to happen more than 100 lives of a man to see only a small change.
The cycles of the Earth take so many years that for a person they are almost incomprehensible, since we cannot have a clear notion of what two or three million years mean, when we live only 100.
However, both due to technological advances and the way in which our societies have developed, we have acquired the ability to accelerate these processes, alter them and even surpass the extraordinary capacity of the planet to absorb these changes and channel them, adapting them to their own times.
The planet since its inception has never stopped mutating, from the coldest ice ages to the hottest stages. However, these changes have always been so "slow" that no living being would have been able to perceive them.
All this until, a few hundred years ago, the "Industrial Revolution" came to our societies. From then on we all know what happened, the growth of the industry has been so great and so fast that one day it took us months to cross the Atlantic and the next we did it in 4 or 5 hours. One day the wars were with rifles and bayonets and the next with atomic bombs, guided missiles and enriched uranium.
For the millions of deaths caused by Tsunamis, Hurricanes, floods and droughts that come and go around the world. For the hundreds of millions of living dead in “developing” countries who do not eat, who do not have access to drinking water, who cannot access basic health services, for those poisoned by fumigations, by mining or by countless industries that drink and pollute the water of the poor to produce luxury goods for the rich. For them we are no longer on time.
The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) has estimated at 21.5 million people who are forced to leave their homes each year for this reason, and estimates that by 2050 there will be 200 million annually, most of them women and children. This will happen whatever we do between now and then. We are not on time for them either.
But the human being has known how to cover every space on the planet, has been able to adapt to all climates and is likely to survive any change in the climate that the future brings us. The point is that we are clear that the decisions we make now will depend on the number of people who survive and the weather conditions in which they must exist.
Will we think individually, trying to enjoy our life as much as we can or will we learn to think as a species, sacrificing part of our well-being for that of our children, grandchildren or those who succeed them?