Our Existence Is Sustained By Natural Equilibriums

The universe is full of opposing processes, like life and death, rise and fall, heat and cold. The sustainability of any natural system, whether it is life or a solar system depends on a stable equilibrium between these opposites. Their stability is maintained by complex processes that ensure a stable balance between two extremes. It is the breakdown of these natural equilibrium that causes all environmental crisis, including the recent global warming phenomenon.
Our Existence is sustained by Natural Equilibriums
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Nature sustains itself by maintaining equilibrium between opposite processes.

Natural Equilibriums

As per the laws of natural equilibrium, a sustainable population requires that the number of deaths should equal the number of births taking place. Similarly, the soil fertility can be sustained only if the amount of nitrogen and phosphorus taken up by the crops is equal to the additional fertiliser added to it. The same is also true of carbon cycle. The amount of carbon entering the atmosphere from all sources like fuel, animals and humans needs to be equal to the amount of carbon being sequestered by all the green

plants, if we want the environment to remain stable.

There are many kinds of natural equilibriums. In fact, almost every process in nature is governed by some form of equilibrium. Within our own body, many equilibriums exist. The amount of water and minerals that are lost from the body are equal to the amount of water and minerals that enter it. The thermostat of the body ensures that the amount of heat lost is replaced by an equal amount of heat generated by it.

Breakdown of Natural Equilibriums

Many of the crises that we find confronting us today are a result of breakdown of these equilibriums. When this happens in the body, results are diseases like fever, high blood pressure and obesity. When it happens in case of forests, it can lead to phenomenon like desertification. When the natural equilibrium of carbon cycle is broken there is a rise of carbon di oxide levels in the atmosphere, which in turn leads to the breakdown of the equilibrium of loss and gain of heat in the environment. The result is warming of atmosphere, a phenomenon that we call ‘global warming’. It leads to melting of glaciers, thereby disturbing the water equilibrium. As more water is added to the oceans compared to the water that leaves them by way of evaporation, the ocean levels begin to rise. This is the beginning of the catastrophe that we all fear today.

Global Warming Crisis

The carbon equilibrium has been maintained for millions of years. In fact,


the green forests have been gradually eating up the atmospheric carbon by way of sequestration, a process in which carbon is converted into organic matter by the process of photosynthesis using the energy of the Sun, which then gets deposited in the crust of the earth. This sequestered carbon along with the chemical energy absorbed from the Sun during photosynthesis is available to us today in the form of fossil fuels like coal, gas and other petroleum products. It is the cheapest and most readily form of energy available to us, and so not surprisingly, our whole civilization has come to depend upon it for its energy needs.

The development of market based on costs is a development that has paralleled the scientific advances of mankind. Markets ensure that a cheaper product is consumed in preference to a costlier one. Unfortunately, markets are bothered only about the cost borne by the seller, not to the cost that may have to be borne by the society. In case of fuels, coal and gas are infinitely preferable to all forms of renewable energy because of their cost advantage. However, this cost advantage is derived by ignoring the cost that fossil fuels are likely to impose on humanity in form of green house gases, global warming and resultant crises. The damage to man and material will have to be borne by us, and then the markets will not be able to save from them.

If we are seriously interested in contributing towards averting the global warming crisis, we need to understand the inevitable need of respecting natural equilibriums. We need to understand that we cannot continue to consume unlimited amounts of anything unless there is an opposing process places to refurbish our consumption. In simple words we can consume only as much energy as we can garner from renewable sources.
 



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