In the classic movie Jurassic Park, a man named Mr. Hammond decides to build a grand theme park full of dinosaurs on an island. The scientifically engineered creatures eventually get loose and cause havoc on the island, to no surprise of the audience. One of the movie characters named Ian Malcolm was a skeptic of this theme park and knew it was doomed to fail from the start. His quote questioning the morality of cloning dinosaurs give us a great life lesson to learn from today. “Your scientists were so preoccupied with whether or not they could, they didn’t stop to think if they should.” – Ian Malcolm.
This same question can be applied to most scientific advancements in current events. If we have the capability to clone humans, or colonize mars, or even change our own climate, should we? What are the benefits, and what could be the potential consequences? The last thing you want is a bunch of hungry dinosaurs chasing you around an island. It’s probably best then to discuss the potential threats of an idea before jumping in head on. I think this certainly applies to our topic of focus in geoengineering.
The climate of the Earth is REALLY important. I think everyone can agree upon that. It’s what allows us to live on this planet. Without the planet’s atmosphere and its properties, we would not be able to exist. Even the placement of the Earth with respect to the sun is very favorable for us. So, it is essential that we make sure our actions don’t ruin our own lifeline, so to speak. While humans do currently influence the environment more than one would like, the Earth still appears to move along with its natural cycles. We are not going away anytime soon. That could all change if we shoot a bunch of chemicals into the sky for a long period of time.
Could it slow down human induced climate change? Maybe, but it could also cause some unknown damages that we might not know how to fix. The overall idea of compensating human pollution with even more human pollution just seems counterintuitive. In my opinion, I think it’s best to let nature run its course. The global climate system may warm as a result of our actions, but it will eventually balance out like it always has. This Earth has seen global ice cover, zero ice cover, and everything in between. I think it can handle the heat we’ve placed on it. To end with another Ian Malcolm quote, “Life finds a way.”