The resilience, ingenuity, and morality of the human race were all tested in 1816 when Mount Tambora erupted. Severe climate change caused widespread famine, disease, crop failure, and economic collapse. It was a legitimate world crisis. People were desperate for a solution, but were hard-pressed to trump Mother Nature. With the climate in turmoil, crops failed from lack of warmth and sunlight, bread prices soared throughout Europe, riots flooded the streets, and suddenly, man’s fight against nature evolved into a fight against each other. Bitter rivalries and competitions bloomed over rights to land and food; killing had become a means to survival. Even mothers who saw no way out of this crisis elected to kill their children rather than see them starve to death. Indeed, the Tambora Revolution put European civilizations on the brink of existence.

 

Today, global climate is at a comparably dangerous stage as it was in the early 19th century. The world we currently live in, however, is vastly different than it was two centuries ago. Human civilization has advanced to, what back in 1816, would have been incomprehensible. We have technology, equipment, and intelligence that can help prevent another crisis from occurring, but only if we are willing to make and follow through on tough choices with regards to climate control and regulation. If we fail to make the aforementioned decisions, humanity may very well fall into a crisis similar to that of the Tambora Revolution. The only difference will be is that this time, it will have been our own fault.

 

If in fact another climate crisis is blooming, I fear for humanity. Historically, our species does not have a great track record with co-existence and getting along with other people. The Tambora eruption revealed this. However, in the modern era, I would argue this would only be exemplified more. As we have become dependent on technology, I’m afraid that we have become less equipped to deal with a crisis in which our technology has no value. Pitted against each other in a fight for food with no technology, and a much higher population than 1816, the result would, in my opinion be grim. Desperation brings out the worst in us, and I think if in the face of a Tamboran-like crisis we somehow manage to work together and keep our moral code, it would be a miracle.

 

What then, is the course of action humanity need take in order to prevent global climate from becoming too dangerous? Already, global warming has affected sea levels as polar ice caps and glaciers melt away. Carbon levels have risen as trees are getting cut down and CO2 is being pumped into the atmosphere. Things are not on a good path. Yet, it is not too late to change our ways and fix the problems we have created. Our future will ultimately be decided by how humans tackle climate change. If we are ready to make tough choices, as in cutting back on energy consumption, deforestation and other environmentally harmful practices, we can salvage our world. However, as history has shown, if we let our climate get out of hand, the consequences will be devastating.