When many of us got our first glimpse of a black hole today, accompanied by a swath of ludicrous statistics (e.g. it's 55 million light years away!), we rightly felt a little insignificant. To some it will frame our earthly concerns about war and peace, wealth and poverty etc as somewhat pointless. I reject that nihilistic viewpoint, in fact, I would argue that it serves as a timely reminder of the beauty and complexity of our universe, of which we are arguably the finest specimen (at least in evolutionary terms).
We knew black holes existed and they are actually fairly common, on the other hand, we are yet to find evidence of any sentient/'intelligent' life anywhere in our universe but our home, planet earth. Human's have spent millennia in recognition of our subservience to mother nature, but equally our unique place amongst it. But then, in the space of a few hundred years, we discovered we could plunder the earth and attempt to rebuild it to suit our ends. Well, our ignorant bliss is now over and we face our reckoning as a species. Do you want to sit idle and allow the pinnacle of evolution, perhaps one of the greatest examples our universe has to offer, destroy itself? I personally don't.
I don't know if I can do much as an individual to effect climate change, none of us can alone, but not trying at all is infinitely worse. If we can find ways to act collectively to effect the change we need, then we at least stand a chance.
Okay, musings over. Today was day 9 of #The100DayProject where I'm trying to start a non-profit that will bring people together to fight climate change. I spent the day contacting people/companies. Here's what I did:
That's today, feeling very ill actually so hoping I'm well enough to do something tomorrow! Here's today post: