In the early part of the 20th century RMS Titanic was considered a pinnacle of naval architecture and technological achievement. On
The ship's bell sounded three times "...Iceberg, right ahead!" first officer Murdoch ordered an abrupt turn to port (left) and full speed astern, which reversed the engines driving the outer propellers (the turbine driving the center propeller was not reversible). This swung Titanic's stern away from the iceberg A collision was inevitable, and the ship's starboard (right) side brushed the iceberg. The watertight doors were shut as water started filling the five compartments - one more than Titanic could stay afloat with. This tipped the balance between staying afloat and sinking. After she impacted, some on-board believed there was no problem, just an iceberg; after all this was the mighty unsinkable Titanic, some returned to their beds, as others played with chunks of ice that were strewn on deck, but as the band played on in the year of our lord 1912, Two hours and 40 minutes later, Titanic unable to sustain her buoyancy, snapped in two, and descended to a watery grave.
In the early part of 21th century the analogy has not been lost on me.
Then as now, we are driven by necessity, we forge ahead at lightning pace with little or no regard for the global environmental consequences.
It is marked, that as we map the limits to the known universe. We have just begun to understand the limits of the planet; we rely on for the continued survival of all dependent species.
Whilst marveling at our ingenuity, we have taken our eye off the proverbial ball.
Our species ambition has outgrown its ability to sustain finite resource, which underpin humankind’s global dynamic endeavor.
Ill conceived Geo-engineering scheme’s, are akin to closing the door; after the horse has bolted. And will do little to stem the tide of the global adverse climate change tsunami, that is heading our way.
Burdened by the enormity of the task, we have fallen into a malaise, we wait for science to reconcile, but Asking for a global consensus of scientific opinion; is like asking for the world, it will take not only all our ingenuity, but a truly collective effort, equaled only by our willingness and resolve too engage in global conflict.
“Everything is ultimately achievable.
It depends on how much you want it.”