Tuesday, January 11, 2011

The Next 111 Years of Transformation

I could not resist to write this 111 year post on the 11.1.2011 .. A hundred and eleven years from January 2011 to January 2111 (+11), which reminds me of Bilbo Baggins eleventy first birthday, in Tolkien's, Lord of The Rings. "Bilbo was going to be eleventy-one, 111, a rather curious number, and a very respectable age for a hobbit..."

I was thinking about the changes we are seeing across planet Earth, changes that were common for our ancestors as civilisations were altered or completely wiped out by "Earth Changes". Human beings have been adapting to the rapid fluctuations in our changing Earth since the beginning.

There are gigantic stone megaliths and complex structures under coastal waters, lying at the edge of the most vulnerable placement for human society. Nothing can beat living by the sea or at the edge of a great river; but in times such as these the beauty and the vast resources are offset by the dangers.

Over the last hundred years towns and cities have expanded without restriction due to a long period of climate stability. Sure, there were floods - but nothing like we are seeing today, covering such large areas. The 2010 floods in Pakistan and the January 2011 floods in Australia are unprecedented in our time .. but that does not mean they are not common occurrences over longer periods in the Earth's reproductive cycle.

Reproductive cycle is an important concept in understand the devastation. Tsunamis, flooding, mudslides, hurricanes, flash floods, inundation of floodplains are a necessary part of the reproduction of life on this planet. Water is life. Planet Earth is continually reproducing life. Another way to put it is the planet creates life giving cycles for all its inhabitants.

What could happen in the next one hundred and eleven years?

The recent floods across Queensland, Australia have replenished vital river systems and water resevoirs. For the first time in ten years dams stricken by drought are filled to overflowing. Much needed water has returned to an area suffering from a deadly drought. It may also be that the climate patterns shift water to drought areas over longer periods, rather than just a flash flood.

I think the next 111 years will determine the new climate. It seems the Earth is shifting into and will settle into a new weather pattern. One hundred years to the Earth is similar to the life cycle of human blood cells. Once created, red blood cells will circulate for 120 days before they are broken down and recycled. As the Earth's circulatory system is a lot larger, the effects of change can be devastating - especially when alterations continue over longer periods.

The current populations and the rapid expansion of towns and cities on every continent were founded on a stable period in the Earth's climate history. The only force down here that rules man is the Earth itself. No other creature holds us in check. We rule and dominate all other life forms on this planet, including trees, plants and rivers (humans build large dams).

We are living in a dangerous but interesting period. Could it be that dry regions receive more rain or will they become dryer as predicted by many studies? Right now it seems that we are all experiencing a period of massive fluctuation. Many areas across our planet are drying up; but perhaps this is part of the magnetic fluctuations that normally hold together and direct the world's weather systems.

I think there is no doubt that the Earth is going to reduce the human population over the next fifty to one hundred years. If the flooding continues with coastal inundations, volcanic eruptions and severe weather patterns (over longer periods), man will lose the food stability he relies on to sustain current levels of population growth.

I don't know if you ever followed a dry river bed, but all along the dry river one finds signs of earlier human habitation. Old broken roads and abandoned trails, skeletons of houses sticking out of the earth or the faint ghost presence of a time long past. As bad as the flooding may seem a big 'dry out' would be worse.

Well off the current human radar is the rapidly migrating magnetic north pole. Who knows? The changes in magnetic north may be part of the fluctuating weather patterns we are experiencing all over the planet.

Human as well as animal populations have no alternative but to adapt.

Over the past two hundred years humans built their wealth from a long term climate stability that allowed unrestricted mining, oil extraction and food production. If we had anti-gravity the network could cope with severe weather. With severe flooding of road networks and the material destruction of roads and bridges, damage and rebuilding leaves us vulnerable in extreme severe weather conditions.

Over the next 111 years human society will probably evolve to utilize anti-gravity technology in a rapidly changing physical environment. In terms of the ecological biosphere we depend on for everything we have, it is human populations and their unrestricted urban spread who have stressed out those borderland areas, such as coastal and floodplains.

Few people stop to think how much damage we do to the environment, which is a lot more damage than a flood. Humans are an incredibly environmentally destructive species and the only one who can keep us in our place is the Earth with the full power of nature. The alternative would be to live in balance with nature and respect the force that feeds us. I think we are intelligent enough to balance our lives with self-discipline and co-operation rather than reliance on primitive brute-force.

Don't chop the forests down - plant more trees
I see a future culture where planting trees is seen as having lived a valuable life and each person on the planet has planted at least one tree in their lifetime. A child is born and a tree is planted. The child is 11 years old and the child plants 11 trees .. or whole communities go out and plant a forest together .. 2011 signals: The return of the trees.