THE EARTH AND ITS LIFE AFTER OUR LIFE
“Without us, Earth will abide and endure; without her, however, we could not even be.”
― Alan Weisman, The World Without Us
In 2007, one book has been published under the shocking and apocalyptic name “The World Without Us” by science writer Alan Weisman. That was something totally new on the global book scene and Mr. Weisman knew how to turn his magnificent science journalism into the New York Times bestseller and Time Magazine Nonfiction book number one of the mentioned year. The book was based on deep research project and nonfictional narration so the described reality was scientifically proved and each claim was colored by confirmed facts of science. His book doesn’t present the cataclysmic and tabloid mood but rather the modern direction in science literature which should make us think on time of the future of the planet we live on.
It is interesting to start picturing this world without human beings. Some scientists state that if bees are gone, the humans will be gone too and if humans are gone, the whole flora and fauna will be recovered. After the years of raping the natural resources in the name of profit and wildlife terrorism which is considered as policy of conservation, we the people have crossed all the lines of Earth’s tolerance. If anything happens and we suddenly vanish, the Earth will continue to live, destroying the last traces of the mankind and erasing all civilization progress without any regret.
When Weisman wrote that the signs of our world will be removed very fast, almost everyone was fascinated by the objective truth about it. Yes, that is simply as. The whole human race is gone but not long after, our material world we left behind will be gone too, like a moving circus:“The World Without Us reveals how, just days after humans disappear, floods in New York’s subways would start eroding the city’s foundations, and how, as the world’s cities crumble, asphalt jungles give way to real ones. It describes the distinct ways that organic and chemically-treated farms would revert to wild, how billions more birds would flourish, and how cockroaches in unheated cities would perish without us. Drawing on the expertise of engineers, atmospheric scientists, art conservators, zoologists, oil refiners, marine biologists, astrophysicists, religious leaders from rabbis to the Dalai Lama, and paleontologists – who describe a pre-human world inhabited by megafauna like giant sloths that stood taller than mammoths.”
It is totally normal to predict that the current social and political international structure and the rules about everything and regarding everyone will fail so the Planet will start urgently healing itself, without any chemical or artificial substances which are coming from the men’s hand and for the sake of corporations with global financial interests. The absence of human’s role in natural order will be visible very soon so the urban area will be covered with the touches of wildness. The borders between those two won’t be marked anymore and the pressure of awaken nature on the leftover human’s infrastructure will be very evident. According to army of physicians and chemist, who stay behind the nuclear plants network worldwide and engineers behind the energetic system, the Earth is warmer than it would have been without mankind’s activities. After each of us is vanished, the operative systems will collapse so the electrical powering and the global temperature will be decreased.The main problem will be for domestic animals, used on care of the humanity but the wildlife will be continually kept on and absolutely empowered to spread on, even on the zones that were considered as mankind’s world. The primary food chain will be the basic parameter for survival of all species, but without influences of human race and its need for food. Just to remind, as meat consumers, the people are on the top of the food chain and therefore they have endangered the natural chain of life and death, not taking care of population in risk and bringing the overpopulated species as a problem for the ecosystem’s balance. The nature has its own measures for controlling the wildlife reproduction and this is why natural mechanism have been activated on wrong species and in wrong time. The overpopulated pressure on the Earth has caused the new and emerging deadly microbes to walk into humans and to deliver chaotical feelings. In the world after us or without us, the viruses will be sent only when it is necessary and in the rhythm as it was long time ago before people were starting messing with nature.
The complete architecture will be ruined after the years without maintenance. The harsh climate, released without global warming, will attack the buildings and the whole metal and steel groundwork.The water level will be enhanced and all human’s iron skeleton of civilization will be demolished due the corrosion effects and lack of control. When we think of majestic thousand years old architectural beauties all over the world and about the fact that they will be covered with the new mesmerising tattoo of nature, we can not be indifferent but sad and heartbroken. Even without us, the life goes on. Not only without me, you or someone else, but without the whole human race. In one split of second, we are gone and all we had is still here but not for a long. The scenario is pretty scary but very realistic if we analyze the model of science.The new Earth will be without make up and thus very strong to demolish all footprints of cruel humanity, or as it was written:“In just 10,000 short years, it’ll be like we never existed, barring a few stone constructions – and any civilisation that grows up to replace us might be blissfully unaware of how we handled the planet when we were its tenants.”
The current situation in green field is for our great concern. Many species are dying and we are directly responsible for that beginning phase of New Great Dying. The corporations are pushing on their profits values and the products they are coming with are nothing but death for nature we know. It seems like humanity praise artificial beauty, artificial intelligence and at the end of the day, about artificial nature. It is all about something which is not natural but fake and made up. They obviously think that produced and processed is easier to be manipulated but when that comes to the issue of earth, we are making the biggest mistake ever, we are directly killing us and our chance to stay here and live our pathetic lives. We tolerate what elites do but we do not understand that each step against nature and its wildlife is step against the future of our grandchildren. We will vanish in the name of some Stephen King’s Langoliers but our roots will be vanished too, covered by nature evolution and attempt to erase every sign of humanity as the shame of life, as the mistake which couldn’t have been fixed.
How people would simply vanish? Through the pandemic, maybe. However, their dead and infected bodies would still pollute the ground and possibly cause the death of animals. In that situation, someone with mutated genes maybe will survive and be like Will Smith in “I am a legend” asking every day the same question:”Is anybody there?Somebody?Or as always nobody?”.That would be the worst destiny for the one with wrong DNA sequence who would eventually survive the mass dying wave. I picture the one who made it, alone or with his dog or cat or parrot. What he would do in the whole, big and cruel world without other humans? He would be on the top of the world, owning the whole world and being owned by the world which is being revealed in the time after humans. He would experience the personal apocalypse, he would be the new earthling. He would be dead from within a long after the ground’s worms eat his poor body. Those are not references for sci fi masterpiece, those are warnings for people to start healing the Planet and wildlife and to start dealing with accumulated greed which digs our final end.There are positive solutions and they must be adopted very soon unless we want to bring to the life Weisman’s book which talk about our global fading away.
The Earth will survive all like it survived the time before and after dinosaurios. With or without people, our Planet has its secret ways to keep breathing but it seems that we are the one who think that we own everything and everyone so the Earth too. No, we don’t own it and if we somehow disappear, the Earth will not save memories on us. Once upon a time, there was some greedy civilization and suddenly it was all gone. It doesn’t matter where and how, it matters only that Earth survived.
11 thoughts on “POSSIBLE SILENT HILL: THE WORLD AFTER HUMANS”
Thank you, Sarah, for this new enlightening article! This is a topic of personal interest to me, as I have been, for many years, dissatisfied with the human race as to how it has treated all animals as subordinate and in a ruthless manner.
Further, the human race has had the utmost contempt for the environment and our planet earth! As if the above two reasons weren’t bad enough, and to add insult to injury, the human race has been destructive within itself!
Whether we look at this from a religious perspective, or from a scientific one, the world as we know it is nearing the end. The former speaks for itself through all the signs in the holy books. As for the latter, science, the evidence is compelling whether it be from the food chain imbalance that humans have created, or the global warming as a result of the tons of CO2 sent to the skies of our planet just out of sheer greed and hunger for money!
First, let me explain how humans have created the food chain imbalance. They have taken many animals out of their original habitat and transported them to a new habitat where there are no natural predators to keep overpopulation in check. Such is the case of the deer that were taken, against their will, and transported to North America where, in general, there are no natural predators.
Then, humans came with the lame excuse that hunting is to prevent the deer overpopulation when in reality this is nothing but a way of wanting to prove their manlihood at the expense of the poor animals. Hunting has not and will never replace the natural predators.
Second, regarding the environment, all the data point to the fact that the icebergs in the North Pole are melting at a fast pace and many countries will be engulfed by the expected rise in sea levels. In addition, the tons of CO2 sent to the sky on a daily basis have caused so many holes in the ozone layer. I remember discussing this issue with one of my professors during my Ph.D. program at UCLA.
The consequences of these holes on the ozone layer are dire, as we as humans, as well as animals, are no longer sheltered from the damaging and dangerous ultraviolet rays from the sun!
The list is long, but for the purpose of my comment, herein, one can readily see the damage that humans have inflicted on three main categories, namely, themselves, the animals and all lifeform, and our planet!
If these are not signs of the end, I don’t know what is!
Thank you again for your profound research, Sarah! I appreciate your seeking the ultimate truth in all your articles!
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Sarah’s article articulates the conspicuous realities that Homo sapiens are confronted with but refuse to acknowledge in any universal manner. Homo sapiens are but one aspect of the biodiversity upon planet Earth that represents primitive self-preservation (reference to Professor Charles Darwin). Those humans that are willing to live life on Earth through logic and common sense tend to be in the minority and their efforts are overwhelmed by the noxious ignorance of the majority and the elite (i.e. politicians and commercial leaders). Certainly, Homo sapiens possess the intellectual potential to endorse and implement global co-operation that has no preconditions (e.g. working together on environmental protection schemes that benefit all living organisms on the planet), but our primordial origins (i.e. detrimental impulse and avarice) predominate and endure…
Sarah ends her article by stating what is much more interesting than the demise of The Anthropocene Age, and that is the possible future of planet Earth: the biological and geological future of Earth can be extrapolated based upon the estimated effects of several long-term influences. These include the chemistry at Earth’s surface, the rate of cooling of the planet’s interior, the gravitational interactions with other objects in The Solar System, and a steady increase in the Sun’s luminosity. An uncertain factor in this extrapolation is the ongoing influence of technology introduced by humans, such as climate engineering; which could cause significant changes to the planet’s possible future. The current Holocene Extinction is being caused by technology and the effects may last for up to five million years.
Over time intervals of hundreds of millions of years, random celestial events pose a global risk to the biosphere, which can result in mass extinctions. These include impacts by comets or asteroids with diameters of 5–10 km (3.1–6.2 mi) or more, and the possibility of a massive stellar explosion (i.e. a supernova) within a 100-light-year radius of the Sun (i.e. a Near-Earth supernova). Other large-scale geological events are more predictable. If the long-term effects of global warming are disregarded, The Milankovitch Theory predicts that the planet will continue to undergo glacial periods at least until the Quaternary glaciation comes to an end. These periods are caused by eccentricity, axial tilt and precession of the Earth’s orbit. As part of the ongoing supercontinent cycle, plate tectonics will probably result in a supercontinent in 250–350 million years. Some time in the next 1.5–4.5 billion years, the axial tilt of the Earth may begin to undergo chaotic variations, with changes in the axial tilt of up to 90°.
During the next four billion years, the luminosity of the Sun will steadily increase; resulting in a rise in the solar radiation reaching the Earth. This will result in a higher rate of weathering of silicate minerals; which will cause a decrease in the level of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. In about 600 million years from now, the level of CO2 will fall below the level needed to sustain C3 carbon fixation photosynthesis used by trees. Some plants use the C4 carbon fixation method, allowing them to persist at CO2 concentrations as low as 10 parts per million. However, the long-term trend is for plant life to die off altogether. The extinction of plants will be the demise of almost all animal life; since plants are the base of the food chain on Earth.
In about one billion years, the solar luminosity will be 10% higher than at present. This will cause the atmosphere to become a moist greenhouse; resulting in a runaway evaporation of the oceans. As a likely consequence, plate tectonics will come to an end, and with them the entire carbon cycle. Following this event, in about 2−3 billion years, the planet’s magnetic dynamo may cease, causing the magnetosphere to decay and leading to an accelerated loss of volatiles from the outer atmosphere. Four billion years from now, the increase in the Earth’s surface temperature will cause a runaway greenhouse effect; heating the surface enough to melt it. By that point, all life on the Earth will be extinct. The most probable future of the planet is absorption by the Sun in about 7.5 billion years, after the star has entered the red giant phase and expanded to cross the planet’s current orbit.
By 2.8 billion years from now, the surface temperature of the Earth will have reached 422 K (149 °C; 300 °F), even at the poles. At this point, any remaining life will be extinguished due to the extreme conditions. If the Earth loses its surface water by this point, the planet will stay in the same conditions until the Sun becomes a red giant. If this scenario doesn’t happen, then in about 3–4 billion years the amount of water vapour in the lower atmosphere will rise to 40% and a moist greenhouse effect will commence once the luminosity from the Sun reaches 35–40% more than its present-day value. A runaway greenhouse effect will ensue, causing the atmosphere to heat up and raising the surface temperature to around 1,600 K (1,330 °C; 2,420 °F). This is sufficient to melt the surface of the planet. However, most of the atmosphere will be retained until the Sun has entered the red giant stage.
With the extinction of life, 2.8 billion years from now, it is also expected that Earth biosignatures will disappear, to be replaced by signatures caused by inanimate processes. Most of Earth’s atmosphere will be lost to space and its surface will consist of a lava ocean with floating continents of metals and metal oxides as well as icebergs of refractory materials, with its surface temperature reaching more than 2,400 K (2,130 °C; 3,860 °F). The Earth will interact tidally with the Sun’s outer atmosphere, which would serve to decrease Earth’s orbital radius. Drag from the chromosphere of the Sun would also reduce the Earth’s orbit. These effects will act to counterbalance the effect of mass loss by the Sun, and the Earth will probably be engulfed by the Sun. Alternatively, should the Earth survive being engulfed to the Sun, the ablation and vaporization mentioned before may strip both its crust and mantle leaving just its core.
Sarah’s article provokes inquiry and interest that does not normally arise through mainstream media sources, and I for one am grateful for Sarah’s efforts, always…
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