Knowing Gaia


Nature continues to express her wrath for humankind’s disrespect and abuse of her blessings. The current Mayon Volcano turmoil and the tragedy of Ondoy had left people thinking about how they have misused the gifts of our environment. The natural world persists being weakened and becoming frail. The Earth’s system indeed had been disrupted.The Gaia hypothesis, proposed by research scientist James Lovelock, gives us one view to understand the Earth as a system.The name Gaia, the Greek goddess of the Earth, was given to Lovelock’s hypothesis to descrie the interconnected system that controls our environment. While it may not be a so acceptable idea for some to personify the Earth system as a deity, we believe that many would subscribe that we need to comprehend how Earth functions as a system, how it may be likened to an organism with a defined scheme, rather than a set of detached elements each with its own individual purpose.Lovelock, in his book The Revenge of Gaia (2006) argues that humans’ lack of respect for the environment, clearly gleaned from the defacement done to rainforests and the growing decline in planetary biodiversity, is reducing Gaia's capacity to lessen the negative influence of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. As we all know, global warming contributes immensely to the drastic alterations in the earth’s system. Lovelock foresees human civilization will be hard-pressed to survive should reckless human activities continue.The proponents of Gaia have gone a long way by pursuing humankind’s need to understand the Earth in which we all thrive. …

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