The Immune System of Planet Earth – El Nuevo Diario Newspaper (Dominican Republic)

The Immune System of Planet Earth – El Nuevo Diario Newspaper (Dominican Republic)
The Immune System of Planet Earth – El Nuevo Diario Newspaper (Dominican Republic)

In recent years, we have witnessed an increase in the intensity of rainfall and other extreme atmospheric phenomena around the world. One of the most popular theories explaining these changes is global warming, caused by poor management of land spaces and pollution. However, I want to propose a more complex interpretation of this theory: the planet is alive and its immune system is protecting its body.

My theory is based on the observation that the concentration of large cities has created hotbeds of alarm, leading the planet to activate mechanisms to restore its natural state. In cities, the concentration of vehicles and intensive land use, together with the lack of vegetation, raise temperatures beyond normal. Similar to how our immune system responds to infections, the process of rainfall could be identifying and cooling overheated areas.

This self-protection response of the planet suggests that we must rethink our global priorities if we are to truly survive. World leadership must intervene in the economy and wealth creation, planning a decentralization of cities. Today’s technology allows us to communicate and develop the economy without the need for excessive urban concentration, facilitating a more rational use of land.

A Significant Example: The 2022 Pakistan Floods

A clear example of a major flooding phenomenon is the disaster that occurred in Pakistan in 2022. During that year, Pakistan experienced unprecedented monsoon rains that caused devastating flooding across much of the country. These floods affected more than 33 million people, causing the deaths of around 1,700 people and destroying more than 1.1 million homes. The country’s infrastructure, including roads, bridges, and water systems, suffered significant damage, and the already fragile economy was severely affected.

A similar phenomenon, albeit on a smaller scale, has been observed in the Dominican Republic, where heavy rains and flooding have significantly affected the population and infrastructure in recent years. These events underline how climate change and unplanned urbanization can exacerbate natural disasters.

These events also illustrate how global warming and unplanned urbanization can exacerbate the effects of natural disasters, underlining the urgent need to reconsider our relationship with the environment and the way we use and organize our terrestrial space.

It is imperative that world leaders and societies at large recognize that the planet is alive and responds to human aggression with self-protection mechanisms. We must adapt our economic and development practices to align with the health of the planet, promoting urban decentralization and rational land use. Only through a significant rethinking of our priorities can we ensure a sustainable future for all life forms on Earth.

 
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