It seemed appropriate for Earth Day 2015 to post an interview with Earth herself, Gaia. I didn't realize that such interviews are quite rare and was a bit surprised that I couldn't speak with her. But, as it happens, the inscrutable Thomas Albert Snead spoke with Gaia only a few weeks ago. Snead has provided excerpts from his conversation for posting. Once again Snead pops up where others simply cannot go. Thus, thanks to T.A. Snead and Gaia.
Snead: It is indeed a pleasure to meet with you, Mother Earth.
Gaia: Gaia. You may call me Gaia.
Snead: A first name basis with the planet, that's something extraordinary.
Gaia: Not at all. We're very intimate. I love you.
Snead: I love you too. Every day I proclaim my love for Earth and Life.
Gaia: I am Life, yes. You wanted to ask me some questions?
Snead: I've read several times in various publications, and have heard knowledgeable people state, that you are dying. Are you dying?
Gaia: What? Do I look ill?
Snead: No, you're radiant.
Gaia: The people who make these proclamations do not see the whole, they see only what they don't like. I always make sure that they see more of what they give their attention.
Snead: I think they mean that the climate is changing for the worse because of what people are doing to you.
Gaia: I, who create worlds, bullied by people? Nonsense.
Snead: So, climate change, global warming or cooling, isn't real?
Gaia: Of course it's real. It's called weather. I am always in motion, nothing is still or stagnant.
Snead: Are you upset that humans are putting more carbon dioxide into the atmosphere? That's the big cause of global warming, which is melting the glaciers and ice caps.
Gaia: Plants must have carbon dioxide to thrive. Why starve plants? Plants are a source of oxygen that you must have to live. Not a problem. I store any surplus.
Snead: Fossil fuels - oil, coal, gas - our use of these foul substances is killing you. I'm told.
Gaia: You are fueled by the sun, which for your purposes, is infinite. In order for you to participate with me, you have to have a certain form. It took a while for me to get you right, but you are designed to thrive. Yet using direct energy from the sun would make you a different Life expression. So I had the plants and minerals store the sun's energy for your use. It's all the same energy, just in different storage forms. You are welcome to it. I want you to be happy.
Snead: It's difficult for some people to be happy when they see the glaciers melting.
Gaia: I thought humans said they needed more fresh water. I could, I suppose, bring in another comet, but I don't think that's what you want.
Snead: But the melting means that the temperature is going up and that has a bad effect on the eco system.
Gaia: I am eco system. Glaciers melting is a good thing. Can you say Great Lakes?
Snead: Can we discuss evolution?
Gaia: We already have. Everything is in motion, nothing is static.
Snead: I mean, how species develop.
Gaia: Every thought, ever thought, still exists. Life is constantly adding to itself. This is how any form evolves.
Snead: That's a different way of thinking about it.
Gaia: Thinking is what humans do best, even when they aren't aware of it.
Snead: Are we hurting other species with our technology and actions?
Gaia: How many swallows and bats thrive beneath your bridges? Ever try to count the number of birds perched on your power lines?
Snead: Okay, they adapt. As do we. Constant motion, change, evolution. So, over all, you're not angry with us?
Gaia: I love you.
Snead: That's good to know.
Gaia: One last question.
Snead: What's the deal with squirrels?
Gaia: Even humans have their jesters.
That's all that Snead provided. Happy Earth Day!