by Richard T. Stuebi
Up on Mount Ararat, Greenpeace is building a replica of Noah’s Ark. Why? They are using the ark to bring more attention to the plight of climate change.
For Greenpeace, the ark is a twofold symbol. First, in the Noah story, the Earth was deluged as by 40 days and 40 nights of rain as punishment for mankind’s sins. Greenpeace wants to make the linkage that climate change is a new manifestation of humanity’s sinfulness — our unconstrained use of fossil fuels that are releasing unsustainable amounts of greenhouse gas emissions.
Second, the ark is to remind everyone that climate change’s biggest long-term impacts may be felt through rising sea levels, which will inundate coastal regions around the world where hundreds of millions of people live. It is not totally out of the picture that in the future we may need to build something akin to arks to save these people from the rising of the tides.
I don’t know if rebuilding Noah’s Ark is the best use of activist resources, but it is interesting to note that — even back to Biblical times — humans resorted to technology to save the day from climatoligcal disasters.