LETTER: Human extinction would give planet time to heal

“We cannot solve our problems with the same kind of thinking we used when we created them.” — Albert Einstein.

That quote is all one needs to comprehend the debate about the impending climate catastrophe and our reticence.

It leaves me caught between two emotions ranging from sublime to cynical.

Because you know what?

I’m happy.

If predictions from the global scientific community are roughly accurate, our present lifestyle will lead to our extinction as a species in approximately 150 to 200 years.

I’m happy because we don’t deserve the privilege of inhabiting this magnificent biosphere into which we have evolved.

We have polluted every environment we have occupied from inner space to outer space.

Our population is growing, each and everyone a carbon footprint, creating more demand and intense competition for resources.

Arable land and potable water will become increasingly scarce.

Cities are succumbing to sand and water.

We are turning our oceans into carbolic acid, threatening our source of oxygen by our deforestation and poisoning the flora, the source of life on this biosphere.

Seawater is threatening our aquifers as are our thirsty cities and farms.

Our thirst for cheap energy to fuel our industry which supports our lifestyle has impacted our landscape.

Our species’ penchant for tribalism, warfare, cruelty and the banality of hatred confirms that this earth is better without mankind.

In approximately 20,000 years after human extinction, this magnificent resistant biosphere will return to its perfection.

Our demise will be the result of our superior intellect.

Bart Kavruck,

Port Townsend