HAVANA – Cuba’s Fidel Castro is warning about the “uncontainable” effects of climate change and the human capacity for self-destruction that has been created by scientific advancement.
“Science created the capacity of self-destroying the planet several times in a matter of hours. The greatest contradiction in our era is, precisely, the capacity of the species to destroy itself and its incapacity to govern itself,” Castro said in a commentary published Monday in the official media.
Under the title, “The insanities of our era,” the retired Cuban president lists the “catastrophic” effects of global warming and cites U.S. efforts toward new types of weapons and military technology.
He incorporates into his “Reflection” a news story regarding the possibility that the United States might deploy an arsenal of intercontinental missiles with extremely powerful non-nuclear warheads and another about a recent launch from the Kennedy Space Center of a new unmanned vehicle on a secret military mission.
Those news items, Castro said, “express the philosophy of the empire in its attempt to make us believe in its ‘democratic’, ‘pacific’, ‘altruistic’ and ‘honest’ nature.”
He also pointed to the role of U.S. President Barack Obama in last December’s global climate change summit in Copenhagen, whose outcome Castro described as “disappointing” and “a painful deception” of world public opinion.
The former president, who stepped down in favor of younger brother Raul Castro after suffering a serious illness, said global warming will cause – in a few decades – a rise in the sea level, the reduction in the amount of potable water and agricultural land, the contamination of the oceans and the disappearance of many species.
Fidel Castro also notes that genetic manipulation and the use of chemical fertilizers have contributed to solving the need for food but are now “reaching the limit of their possibilities for producing healthy food appropriate for consumption.”
To complete the panorama, the Cuban leader noted mankind’s ongoing consumption of hydrocarbons “that nature took 400 million years to form,” as well as the exhaustion of non-renewable mineral resources.
“Human beings have succeeded in raising their possibilities of life to limits that exceed their own survival capacity. In that battle raw materials in their reach are being consumed at an accelerated rate,” Fidel Castro said.
“Is it necessary for the child prodigy Barack Obama to explain that to us? Science has grown extraordinarily, but ignorance and poverty are also growing,” the 83-year-old Fidel said. EFE