THE 21st Century: Andrew Abulu considers nature in a different world
Babies in an unnatural world?
Andrew I Abulu
Eight Warnings - Eight Reasons to start caring about what is happening
to nature in our new century. Is it too late to save the world?
Graphic by A.Abulu
years from now: A young woman sits in a park thinking about her unbornchild.
Its 12 weeks now. Yes, Im pro-life, but I just cant
have this baby. Im just 25 and not ready to give-up the fun in
my life. I have only one option, take the Bear-It pill. Ive never
liked that drug. Developed to hibernate the foetus as long as you want,
just like a grizzly bear sleeping off several months of its life, I
dont know if they got that name from the grizzly bear or if they
just mean one should endure it. Either way its no-way for me.
That was all I was thinking about when I saw this little adorable 5
year old blowing up her balloon. She tied the tip and let it go, it
shot straight up into the sky. As she picked up another to blow, I thought
to myself, when I was her age, that balloon would have dropped immediately
on the grass and it would have popped instantly.
What did we turn the world into? Our atmosphere has become very dense.
Is life really worth living anymore? Who in her right senses will bring
an innocent life into this abused world? All these questions raced through
her mind, when a sense of guilt hit her. She was also responsible, directly
and by omission, for the destruction of our atmosphere. She sighs. She
decides to have the baby because a baby being born into this world is
a reminder that Nature hasnt given up on us. Nature was here before
mankind and if it goes, so will man. We must change our nature and not
20 years ago the world
was warned of the consequences of an environmental pollution but we were
so pre-occupied with solving the menace of world terrorism, in the aftermath
of the 9/11, 2001 that we gave very little attention to our environment.
We had insulted Mother Nature and now we are paying the price.
While Nature needs us to tend it, we need Nature to survive.
Certainly man is Gods best creature, to whom he has given the onerous
task of preserving Nature itself. To do this, we must consider the following:
1. Is it in our nature to nurture?
Is the content of Nature infinite or is it an expendable entity that we
can use but must replace? Perhaps it is something we should just admire
and be a part of but not touch.
Simplicity is the founding principle of Nature, and man being part of
Nature itself should portray this characteristic. Modern man is an intelligent
being, but this cleverness often clouds his ingenuity. While Nature applies
a simple solution to a complex problem, the modern man seems to always
apply a complex solution to simple problem. This may mean that we do not
completely understand the problem being solved. For example when someone
has a digestive disorder, Nature recommends that he should stay off food
for a while just like any animal would do, but man will insist on taking
a drug of some sort.
While we should not standby and be blown like a leaf at the mercy of the
wind, we should nurture the Nature way.
2. We must collaborate with Nature.
Is mankind destroying the delicate balance between humanity and Nature
and endangering the survival of all species?
Man is Natures greatest modifier. Anywhere we tread, we leave "trademarks"
of good and regret.
In our quest for survival and better conditions of existence we must collaborate
with Mother Nature as we journey through the jungle of life.
The delicate character of Nature provides us with endless possibilities
to be influenced by us. However, we have chosen to alter not only its
course but also its mind, its genetic code, thereby throwing it into a
state of confusion. This total transformation of Nature by us has created
disorder in its working codes resulting in turmoil in physical events
3. What should we eat?
Is the World population getting too large for Nature to bear? Should eating
up our own supplies not be good reason for the creation of faster and
bigger growing food species? Shouldnt we just simply reduce or control
our population? If so, how?
Some say the AIDS disease is a man-made solution to the population problem.
Are family planning methods failing? What is Natures suggested way
of curbing population explosion?
Genetic manipulation is the transfer of genes from one species to another
in order to give that organism new characteristics. Its purpose is to
create species that are more productive and resistant to disease.
Some people believe this new science can be beneficial to mankind by curing
disease, improving health, benefiting agriculture, and reducing world
hunger. They argue that it will result in hardier foods and help us combat
With genetic engineering we are penetrating and manipulating the very
structure of our existence (DNA) in ways that could never occur naturally.
We do not know for sure what effects it will have on Nature and how Nature
will react back upon us. As we go on in our search for the perfect food
will we recreate the "forbidden fruit"?
4. Environmental pollution and solution.
Who are the real culprits, are we chasing shadows?
Why all the fuss over man's contribution to the greenhouse effect when
at any given moment millions of tons of carbon dioxide are expelled into
the atmosphere by methane gas through the ocean floor, volcanoes and swamps.
How could man's mere contribution of carbon dioxide ever equal that of
Mother Nature? Was it not Nature that wiped out the Dinosaurs? (Or at
least a very large comet?)
Can what we put into the earth hurt it more than what we take out of it?
What happens when we drill for oil, or mine Uranium? What imbalance do
we create and do the benefits of the generated products outweigh the pollution?
Is there a viable alternative?
Radiation in any amount is harmful to the human body. Though nuclear power
does not produce carbon-dioxide pollution, the reality of its potential
hazard in case of an accident and the unavailability of a suitable mode
of disposal of its harmful radioactive waste make nuclear power unacceptable.
It is said that these human contributions to pollution are additions to
Natures and are therefore something like the last straw that broke
the camel's back.
Is there a link between pollution and weather changes?
Man-made chemical compounds have changed our lives. Our homes, offices,
and factories are filled hundreds of them. Mercury, a useful but potentially
toxic chemical finds its way into the environment through sources ranging
from industrial smokestacks to billions of fluorescent lights.
While chemical technology has given us many helpful products, we use and
dispose of many of them at considerable cost to the environment.
5. The destruction of Nature's Pharmacy.
Over the years we have continually ignored the fauna and flora around
us and paid more attention to synthetic chemicals in the development of
Many effective medicines have come from tropical plants. Aspirin was originally
derived from trees that grow in Peru. Natural quinine is used to treat
cramps and fever. Even cocaine used to be a local anaesthetic. An anti-leukaemia
drug has been developed from the Rosy Periwinkle, which grows in Madagascar.
In Nigeria several plants reduce blood pressure, cure hypertension as
well as boost immunity. (But every day another species of plant is
made extinct due to global warming. Perhaps the one plant we needed to
6. Effects of Globalisation?
In a Globalised world, there should be no one person in charge. However,
being a system involving expanded economic, and sometimes political,
interdependencies, rich states or groups such as the United States may
become dominant; and the richer they get, the more their dominant power.
The fear now is, can we trust these corporate capitalists to be responsible
enough to restrain themselves? Not being human, corporations do not
have morals or altruistic goals and so for a corporation engaged in
commodity manufacturing, its profit would come from converting raw materials
into finished products. A part of Nature is taken from its natural source
and processed into a new form. After depleting that resource the corporation
moves on to another place, environmental preservation least in its priorities.
7. The Ozone question
Ozone is a gas that floats high up in the atmosphere, where it helps
to shield the Earth from ultraviolet radiation from the sun. It is produced
any time you have an electric current running through the air. Our Ozone
layer now allows more sunlight to reaches our Earth surface. Skin cancer,
now commonly called the uv tone is a common phenomenon. That is why
we now have to wear special uv coats to make up for the weaker Ozone
The guilty chemicals that cause Ozone deletion are the chlorofluorocarbons
(CFCs), the halons (used in fire extinguishers), methyl bromide (a pesticide),
carbon tetrachloride, methyl chloroform, and many more. CFCs are used
in aerosol cans as propellants, to make Styrofoam and car seats, as
refrigerants in air conditioners and refrigerators. The chlorine and
bromine molecules eventually break off in the upper atmosphere and react
to destroy Ozone.
Now with the Ozone layer heavily devastated, amphibians and other primitive
life forms are unable to reproduce due to the high levels of ultraviolet
radiation, and soon man may follow. Even if we stopped their release
now, it will be fifty years before the Ozone layer can even begin to
8. Warming Due To The Greenhouse Effect
If we do not do enough to stop Global Warming, the oceans may start
One way to reverse the trend is to reflect sunlight back to space. This
you could do by putting lots of sulphur particles into the atmosphere,
using rockets or supersonic transports to get the sulphate particles
up to the correct height in the atmosphere. The problem with this is
that the human race would be playing God. What happens if you miscalculate
and put too much reflecting material into the atmosphere and send the
Earth not only into nuclear winter but also into an ice age?The future
is in all of our hands.
© Andrew Abulu Jan 2004
Andrew is a graphic artist making a 3-D animated movie in his home country
of Nigeria and always thinks about the future of mankind.
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