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Points to ponder. The links below are legitimate. Carbon generators everywhere beware!
- Christmas causes Global Warming
- Kangaroo farts could ease global warming
- Flatulent sheep cause global warming
- The Koran inveighs against global warming
- Canadian beer drinkers are causing global warming
- Using toilet paper causes global warming
- Hanukka causes global warming
- Making pasta causes global warming
- Having children causes global warming
A billion people breathing, anywhere on Earth, produces 500 million tonnes of carbon dioxide. Those billion people, breathing a total of 6.3 trillion breaths a year, all lead different lives. As we have seen, the food that is the source of that carbon dioxide determines the actual impact of those breaths that keep those billion people alive.
But in life so much more happens while those people breathe in and out.
According to the US Department of Energy:
- A billion Indians would have produced 1.04 billion tonnes of carbon dioxide in 2004.
- A billion Chinese would have produced 3.62 billion tonnes of carbon dioxide in 2004.
- A billion Germans would have produced 10.46 billion tonnes of carbon dioxide in 2004.
- A billion Americans would have produced 20.18 billion tonnes of carbon dioxide in 2004.
If a billion people stopped breathing then not only would there would be 500 million tonnes less carbon dioxide produced per year, but if those people had been relentless producers of climate changing greenhouse gases, the Earth might itself be able to breathe a sigh of relief.
But what if human beings were part of nature? What if every child not born, every laugh unheard left the world that much poorer? It's a radical thought, and not so long ago we were told that humanity was precious. How times change.
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.
The same idea was expressed much more dramatically in Swinburne's Hymn of Man, in tones both vaunting and tragic. Where does man's spirit go if not abroad upon the earth.
The abysses forbid it not enter: the stars make room for the soul.
Space is the soul’s to inherit; the night is hers as the day;
Lo, saith man, this is my spirit; how shall not the worlds make way?
Space is thought’s, and the wonders thereof, and the secret of space;
Is thought not more than the thunders and lightnings? shall thought give place?
Is the body not more than the vesture, the life not more than the meat?
The will than the word or the gesture, the heart than the hands or the feet?
Is the tongue not more than the speech is? the head not more than the crown?
And if higher than is heaven be the reach of the soul, shall not heaven bow down?
Time, father of life, and more great than the life it begat and began,
Earth’s keeper and heaven’s and their fate, lives, thinks, and hath substance in man.
Time’s motion that throbs in his blood is the thought that gives heart to the skies,
And the springs of the fire that is food to the sunbeams are light to his eyes.
The minutes that beat with his heart are the words to which worlds keep chime,
And the thought in his pulses is part of the blood and the spirit of time.
He saith to the ages, Give; and his soul foregoes not her share;
Who are ye that forbid him to live, and would feed him with heavenlier air?