Lessons From the Laws of Nature
It is imperative to learn about the laws of nature that enable life to exist on this planet. There are many physical, chemical and biological laws, but we are going to explore just a few of the more vital ones here.
The most important law is:
“The sun is the source of power and energy for everything on earth.”
The water in our oceans covers 71% of the earth’s surface. This water contains phytoplankton, which are microscopic plants that contain chlorophyll. The sun activates the phytoplankton, the chlorophyll is released, and oxygen is created. This is where most of the world’s oxygen comes from, and if the phytoplankton disappears then there will be no life in the oceans or on our continents. Already, ocean pollution has created “dead zones” where there is no phytoplankton. We have been dumping garbage in the ocean off New Jersey for many years and there is a vast dead zone there. Obviously, if we want to live well we can’t use our oceans as a dumping ground, since all living things in nature are dependent upon each other.
Physical laws of nature have a great impact on our lives, because our continents are actually floating on molten magna. It is the physical laws that cause all our land masses to rise and fall subject to natural phenomenon like mountain building, erosion and volcanic activity.
Chemical laws of nature include the function of the ozone layer, the composition of the air we breathe, minerals that are essential to life, and fertility of our soils. Few people realize that life on earth is supported by a mere six inches of top soil and rain.
Biological laws include one that is often misunderstood—overcrowding. This is often referred to by the political term “over-population.” We know through extensive research what happens when animals overcrowd; their society begins to break down. Similar situations with humans have similar results. For human beings, a variety of birth control methods are available to fight overcrowding. For animals in the wild, overcrowding is controlled through another basic law of nature, predation.
Predation is simply animals preying on other animals. Contrary to what we fantasize about, life in the wild is no paradise. Animals aren’t always frolicking about in beautiful settings. They are fighting and hunting and eating each other. No species can survive unless predators eliminate the sick and weak so that only the best genes are passed on.
Nothing is more important than learning what the laws of nature are that support and sustain life on our planet. These are topics that can and should be discussed at zoos and wildlife parks, schools and outreach programs, and at any wildlife forum that can educate the public.
If done properly, perhaps the governmental regulatory agencies will realize that nature education is important, zoos and wildlife parks are important, and that radical “animal rights” groups, no matter how well-intentioned, often do more harm than good.
©2012 Jim Fowler