The universe and sustainability
December 17, 2013
Lately, I have been watching a series about the existence, start, and ending of the universe and all that is in it, or even beyond it. Sometimes it even goes for me a little too far, but that aside. It is very interesting, it gives me a lot of positive energy and extends my consciousness and awareness. So here I make the connection between the universe and sustainability.
One of the most important things I learned from this series, is the fact that we are all connected to the stars in forms of particles in our body. '[…] carbon, nitrogen and oxygen atoms in our bodies, as well as atoms of all other heavy elements, were created in previous generations of stars over 4.5 billion years ago'1. A star is a massive, bright sphere of plasma held together by its own gravity, like the Sun. Stars start due to the three pillars of creation situated in the Eagle Nebula, 7000 light years away from Earth (see the indescribably beautiful picture below). Stars started out of the dust and gas of these three pillars which are in the process of creating stars, while also being eroded by light from nearby stars they have recently formed.
What about other planets? What can we learn? Well, one of the most striking issues which was mentioned was the fact that we have learned what climate change is from the planet Venus. Indeed, this planet has seen climate change in a very severe form since it is now 467 degrees Celsius on that planet, hotter than any other planet in our solar system. You can call it 'the hot planet'. So that is quite shocking when you look at what could happen to planet earth. Although the greenhouse gas effect would probably be not as much as on Venus, the consequences are still severe (see blog item 'Climate Change').
So far, planet earth has been the only planet where life has been found. Scientists are desperately seeking for other life on other planets, but so far, the quest has been unsuccessful. But there are so many galaxies, and so many planets, surely this quest will soon become a successful one. And then what?
Well, by living on this planet and by watching this series, I have learned that planet Earth remains a very special place. By all means off course because of ourselves, human beings, and all the other beings here hosting this planet. Secondly, because this quest for other life has so far not been successful, it means that our planet is a very special one, at least in terms of the 'near' (near in terms of universal near, which is not near at all in earthly terms) distance.
So with these lessons in mind, that of the stars, Venus, and the specialty of Planet Earth, what can you do?
Well, first of all, it is important to take care of yourself and be a good human being to all those around you. Secondly, do what you like and want, but also take care of our planet in the meantime. That doesn't mean you need to seek a job in sustainability or the like, but you can do little things, like I have described in my former blogs on 'What to do with'. So check them out, and see what you can do.
But most importantly: enjoy the ride here on our precious planet.