Climate Change Through The Eyes of a 5-Year Old

(Well, almost a 5 year old)

I read a headline on climate change… the atmosphere is getting warmer.

“When there’s no ice isn’t it logical that temperatures will rise?” I thought.

What? Did I just say that?

Then it hit me! Isn’t it possible that we look at this “problem’ the wrong way round?

Instead of accusing the pollution in the atmosphere to cause global warming, what if the real cause is due to the cumulative human activities in the crust?

Global warming happened before. The earth survived it, so did animals. The evidence was found in the Antarctic ice.

Nature will “restore” herself even if global warming is part of a greater natural cycle.  But with previous cycles, ten thousand or twenty thousand years ago, there were not an oil-, gas-, or mining industry on the scale we have today.

Is it possible that human activities can disturb and interfere with natures balance on such a scale that we “hijack” the natural processes.

According to this article, the CO2 levels from the soil is also on the increase, adding to the CO2 “problem” in the atmosphere! I better stop gardening! I was surprised to learn that even just digging in my garden release CO2 in the air. But what then does mining do? Isn’t it the same, just 100,000 times worse?

What could cause the ice in the Arctic to melt?

What if the temperature of earth(crust) is rising? Why?

Due to sea currents, weakening magnetic fields of earth,  interference’s in the crust, deforestation of the rainforests? There might be more!

Looking at the map of the Arctic, I saw a of a lot of oil and gas exploration activities. The map below only shows Shell activities.



Let’s go back to the oil. Is it just co-incidence that most of the oil and energy industry is situated around the Arctic which is melting at alarming rates.

The earths crust is just 35km. Jeez, that’s only half of the distance between Pretoria and Johannesburg!

(Gulp… Gulp) Only 35km?? How many of this has been mined already? It feels to me I want to jump and shout “STOP!” … “STOP!” …  you’re going to drop us all into hell!

A sigh of relief. (S-h-u-u-u) The deepest anyone ever drilled was Russia, with the Kola super deep borehole approx. 12,000m deep. At this level it got too hot for any drill bit “invention” to go deeper. On approx 12,000m it was too hot already and they had to stop.  What? It only takes me 15 minutes to drive 12 km in the city, if traffic is normal!  Shaiks, it feels too close for comfort!

The Average mining depth is approx. 2,7oom. The deepest is Mponeng Gold Mine in South Africa at 2,4oom-3,9oom.  S-h-u-u-u! another sigh of relief. There’s 31,000 (31km) of natural crust left.

Suddenly I remembered why I have to put oil in my car. It’s a lubricant AND prevents my car from overheating.

Is oil a lubricant for tectonic plates and other movements in the earths crust?

Is it possible that oil and gas in the crust might be a protective “sheet” to protect us against the heat from the mantle and core?

Is it possible that heat from within the crust escapes due to the oil and gas industry and other mining or large scale digging operations, especially visible in the Arctic. (How much heat is necessary to melt ice?)

Is it possible that CO2 released from these (mining/drilling/exploration) activities create an  abnormal release and not necessarily the CO2 released with the production or manufacturing cycles?

How would we know the difference between the earths’ release and the production/manufacturing sectors if we only measure a “soup” in the atmosphere?

The earths’ magnetic field has an influence on climate. Scientists are also not yet clear as to why the magnetic fields of the earth are weakening. They do know however that the rocks in the earths’ crust help to generate the magnetic field.

So, we’re mining all the minerals to supply all the demand to manufacturing industry? Is it not then a logical presumption that mining might have an influence to weaken the magnetic field?¹

Life on earth as we know it, is based on symbioses between species. Take for example the symbioses between trees and humans. One provides oxygen for the other to sustain life.

There’s a  symbiotic relationship between plants. Is it possible that it can be the case with elements in the crust?

What is the “symbiotic” relationship between elements in the earths crust and life or the atmosphere on the surface?

Is there a larger pattern we aren’t aware off? My mind goes to the ocean currents and the similarity of the magnetic field around the earth. There’s a flow of “energy” in a pattern. What if a similar situation (current or flow of energy) exists in the crust between “warmer” minerals and “cooler” ones or between fluids and metals?¹(in reference to 1 above).

What if the friction between minerals, metals and fluids in the earth contribute to the magnetic field? What if the friction could cause temperatures in the crust to rise, if and when disturbed? Is there any mineral, metal of fluid in the crust that can protect us from this heat? Could it be oil?

I’m sure we don’t know all the natural laws that sustain life in an everlasting cycle. If we stretch one unwittingly, will something be hurt or break? Similar to a child touching a hot plate. A natural law cause the burn wounds.

What if it is the same with the extraction of oil and gas and mining minerals? Isn’t the current signals from nature similar to the hot plate?

What about a domino effect to cause parts of the earth to either implode or explode?

Can we really afford it to stretch it so far, not knowing the laws maintaining the balance?

Could it be that we can disturb natures balance due to our activities in the crust rather than pollution in  the air?

It’s still the same coin. Global warming. Don’t we need to investigate the other side of it to get a birds eye view of circumstances?

I did some research online and couldn’t find answers to my questions.

I’m  not a scientist, hence the heading. I believe in the inter-relationship of natural laws. One “thing” sustains the other within cycles. There are cycles within cycles. May be we should drop the existing silo’s within the scientific research community. May  be the teams should start working together. I believe we have to look at the problem from a holistic perspective. In the meantime we can stop destroying the rain forests and initiate projects to restore it.