Christian Long

David Keith: Unusual Climate Change Idea

In TED Talks on May 10, 2010 at 4:12 pm

Reflection by KATHERINE H.

Original TED page w/ speaker bio, links, comments, etc:

David Keith:  Unusual Climate Change Idea

Do you own a recycle bin?

To preserve our earth, much more than a simple, perhaps rarely used bin is necessary. We need the planet to survive, does it necessarily need us? Plants and animals have been around for millions of years, they adapt for their survival and if adaption is not possible then extinction may be the only solution.

For humans, I believe it is without a different verdict within the civilization-Earth relationship. After humans began inhabiting the Earth, adaption was inevitable for our survival. Plants and animals are able to affect the Earth itself in small increments, though it may be impossible for them to impact the Earth as human-made problems may cause. David Keith explains that we could stop this problem from increasing by reducing emissions and increase the amount of geo-engineering.

Though this seems like a reasonable, good solution; people do not take it seriously.

He explains that even fifty years ago people were informed of this topic though did not even begin nationwide reduction. In the recent years, ‘green’ movements have been become extremely popular. Reusable bags, organic household items, electric cars, there are so many new popular items to name. Even as people utilize these products, too many of the world’s population do not use them creating difficulty for those who are trying to make a significant change.

In recent news, the gulf oil spill has been making huge disasters to the natural well-being.

“The company is scrambling to figure out how to clog a leak that’s spewing more than 200,000 gallons of oil into the sea every day. Doug Suttles is BP’s chief operating officer for exploration and production and he joined us on Monday’s American Morning.”


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