|The Global Climate System|
Today that may seem to be perplexing, but your computer has an operating system that you as the computer user have some awareness of.
Your operating system (OS) might be Linux, Unix, Apple, Windows, or something else.
According to systems science, all entities that can be called "a system" will have common things about them, so, the Global Climate System is the same as your computer OS, cell phone OS, and other systems --in that sense.
A system is an assembly of related parts that interact in patterned ways. If one part of a system changes, other parts will change.(Marion Brady, Analyzing Systems, p. 25 [p. 3 PDF]). That simplifies the concept, so, consider that you know that when your computer's operating system gets a virus,
|It is a "System"|
The same goes for The Global Climate System.
But do you know what we leave out --when we think of our computer's operating system --and when we think about The Global Climate System?
Some person or persons made the virus that inhibits or damages your computer's operating system.
Likewise, some person or persons also put into the system all the "fossil fuels" that inhibit and damage the Global Climate System:
In all important systems that include humans, the system category “environment” must expand to include both the natural environment and the human-made environment —things like buildings, roads, equipment for transportation, communication, and tools.(ibid, Marion Brady, "Analyzing Systems", page 31, [page 9 PDF]). When you think of The Global Climate System, what people do you think of then?
Doesn't that depend on what aspect of the system you are contemplating - what is damaged?
What about the damage to the Global Climate System --who do you think about as being responsible?
To analyze the ramifications of the virus that brings down your computer's OS, if you are justice minded, you must find the human perpetrator.
There is a fascinating example of a young astronomer in the true story "The Cuckoo's Egg" (see "The Cuckoo's Egg Hatched Again" for a down-loadable free copy of the book).
In that case someone was hacking into a system which the young astronomer had been given oversight of.
So, he "chased" those hackers through the pre-Internet all the way back to a foreign nation far away --and got justice!
He even received a national medal of honor --eventually.
Do we have what he had when it comes to our planet's Global Climate System --when it comes to those who are damaging that global system to the point where that system could bring down our civilization?
It is much more serious than any computer operating system virus:
More than 100 million people will die ... by 2030 if the world fails to tackle climate change, a report commissioned by 20 governments said on Wednesday.(Oil-Qaeda: The Indictment). You are the systems analyst now, along with the rest of us, so let's think about "current patterns of fossil fuel use".
It calculated that five million deaths occur each year from air pollution, hunger and disease as a result of climate change and carbon-intensive economies, and that toll would likely rise to six million a year by 2030 if current patterns of fossil fuel use continue.
"A combined climate-carbon crisis is estimated to claim 100 million lives between now and the end of the next decade," the report said.
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Think about it, Oil-Qaeda hates your children: