from a Maverick
Peter periodically posts a short section
from his current writing on the Environment – Letters from a
Maverick: Critique of Pure Scientific Unreason:
Climate Change and Pollution –
are we ignoring history? And why?
Apart from the current world conflicts
the concern over pollution and its apparent effect upon climate is seldom
out of the news. But are we taking enough notice of evidence about past
momentous climate change events to help us explain what we are facing?
In 535 AD something so cataclysmic occurred that totally
disrupted the world at that time. For a period of almost fifty years following
that event worldwide tree ring growth virtually ceased – we talk
about the Dark Ages without any thought of what this means. Yet there
is considerable proof underlying this fact. Few have speculated that if
tree ring growth was stunted for so many years, whatever occurred must
have severely curtailed other plant growth. Such a reality as actually
happened must have caused widespread starvation both in human and animal
populations yet this period of time remains a blank as far as official
records are concerned. Why?
What has become so clear to me over the years looking
at such historical events is that there is not so much cultural ignorance
but cultural avoidance of truths that do not correspond to current accepted
norm. Many people blithely accept current versions of history, as though
we are at the peak of culture limited by the pollution unfortunately caused
merely by our super technology. We have become prisoners of our own propaganda.
Peter Ind, France,
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