The guy in his younger days was a genius plain and simple. He brought our planet to life, in many ways for the first time since ancient Greece and upon
doing this, the worlds indigenous peoples all exclaimed, "hey white man, what have we been telling you for hundreds of years?" Has given him kudos
within the indigenous nations.
Lovelock's research and his ideas have benefitted mankind greatly and the feminine hugely. However his panic around how fast warming was happening
and advocacy of nuclear power, has shown that he fumbled the ball (earth) and in the whole process terrorised huge numbers of us, especially me when
I interviewed him back in 2004.
But we can't claim he was totally wrong and that there is no global-warming, the fact is there is something happening, it's just not as dramatic as
originally claimed, but nevertheless with deforestation, habitat depletion and the draining of wetlands and that there is over a billion motor vehicles
sucking up oil and spewing the remains into the earths respiratory system - daily, has to be factored in most definitely.
Any closed control system can exhibit instability leading to a run-away effect and oscillation. Any engineer will tell you this. The only thing Lovelock
did wrong, having created the theory, he made a small error in the magnitude of the effect, but he is in principle basically correct.
BUT, we need to revisit this global warming question, because George Bush, Dick Cheney and Donald Rumsfeld plus Mobil Exxon said Global Warming was
fiction, and I dearly don't wish to find that they were correct all along.
However, Lovelock's Gaia, Papatuanuku in Maori, allows us to recognise that this magnificent planet loans us our bodies, in the form of a mineral and
elemental garment to inhabit, and loans us freely - our air, and our water,
plus a clean organic food chain. Though commercial interests in the last 30 years are vying to own both our water and food systems and to our detriment.
In many ways the high end of reverence for our planet, Gaia, the spiritual dimension, was witnessed in the movie Avatar when the indigenous Na'vi of
Pandora saw and experienced the sacred in their deep connection with their sustainer. This was where the flora and fauna were all connected and through
the 'tree of life' they communed 'as one' - a single super system, and a higher dimension of being.
The only things stopping humanity here on Earth from engaging in such a profound act is the limitation that we have placed upon ourselves.
Time to awaken our hearts to this possibility today.
Naku Noa and Aroha
And yes, global warming is happening and we had better get this excess co2 and methane out of the atmosphere. If we don't commit and make the largest effort
possible the children of the future will not be angry - they will be enraged.