Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Nature Knows Best

By Anton Antonio
October 21, 2015

Barry Commoner is one of the most respected minds in environmental science.  He was an American biologist, college professor, politician and a leading ecologist and one of the founders of the modern environmental movement.  Commoner ran for president of the United States in the 1980 U.S. presidential election on the Citizens Party ticket.  As a writer and publisher, he served as editor of Science Illustrated magazine.

One of Barry Commoner’s lasting legacies is his four Laws of Ecology as written in The Closing Circle in 1971.  His four Laws of Ecology are as follows:
  1. Everything is connected to everything else;
  2. Everything must go somewhere;
  3. Nature knows best; and,
  4. There is no such thing as a free lunch.

The recent weather events in the Philippines could be attributed to Barry Commoner’s 3rd Law of Ecology --- Nature knows best.  The El Niño phenomenon was poised to wreak havoc on agricultural productivity, food security and water supply.  However, as if to balance the needs of man from the scourge of a protracted El Niño, Mother Nature gave us Typhoon Lando which delivered a good dose of rainfall and water that filled most dams in Luzon.  This will somehow ease the problems the El Niño phenomenon is anticipated to bring.

The Philippines, being a predominantly Catholic or Christian country, will most likely be divided as to who actually provided Lando… was it Mother Nature or God?  As a Roman Catholic, I will always say it was God.  But an environmental science guru, however, will say that it was Mother Nature.  This contradiction should provide for a lengthy debate that will most likely end in a tie.  But if we gave Barry Commoner the prerogative to break the tie or speak his mind, he will most certainly say: “Nature knows best.”

Thoughts to promote positive action…

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