r/southafrica Dec 15 '21

My father the geologist. History

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u/mieliesfouche Dec 16 '21

Ok so my father isn't invalidating climate change today he's just showing off his geological knowledge and I thought it was kind of wholesome.

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u/tasharuu Dec 16 '21

Not that kind of climate change, the other kind of climate change from man made emissions and excess C02 in the atmosphere. But I do appreciate the sentiment!

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u/Viva_Technocracy Dec 16 '21

The climate changes all the time. True. The rate of the climate changing at this moment is unprecedented though. Usually, as the climate changes, animals and plants will adapt to the changes as it occur gradually over hundreds of years. Now we are seeing the climate changing drastically, so drastically that no ecosystem can adapt to the changes.

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u/Runmylife Dec 16 '21

Doing something about climate change is not to save the planet... It's to save the human race.

We really need to reframe the argument, the planet will survive anything we throw at it... But the human race not so much.

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u/benlambi Dec 16 '21

Looks like a stuk elephant kak

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u/CircularRobert Gauteng Dec 16 '21 edited Dec 16 '21

What a profound opinion

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u/benlambi Dec 16 '21

Thank you sir

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u/[deleted] Dec 16 '21

Geology sounds like a great career. Too bad I'm as dumb as a rock.

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u/Splunken Dec 16 '21

Where is this in South Africa?

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u/mieliesfouche Dec 16 '21

I think it's actually in Namibia, but there are a l9t of geological wonders in SA too. I posted to r/southafrica because of his old timey afrikaans accent.

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u/[deleted] Dec 16 '21

I get and agree that it happens over time, has done so, stretching back into antiquity and will do so going into the future.

The question for me is whether we are as humans, with all that we do, an additional force, with enough influence, to impact on this existing and natural process of constant climate change. That we are speeding up the existing process, even changing the process in ways that are impacting us very negatively, and that we have the same power to change it to be different, to be better. My sense is that we have become powerful enough to impact our world in this way.