The Earth’s Lungs And Us, The Cancer

The simple relation of carbon to oxygen
5 min readJun 3, 2024

In an influential 2015 publication, Dr. Binocs and Mr. Tree said, “Plants are often known as the ‘lungs of the world’ as they take in carbon dioxide and give out oxygen.” After developing a nasty smoking habit called industrialization, plants cannot clear the lungs fast enough and the planet is choking up blood. The solution to this is as physically simple as it is psychologically impossible. Stop growing, stop developing, stop smoking. What we call growth is precisely the cancer the planet needs to cut out. Nobody wants to hear this of course. Especially because we’re being executed, people are thinking ‘smoke ’em if you’ve got ‘em.’

When we talk about rising CO₂ levels (just one of our problems), the answer is quite clear. Let the plants clean it up, as God intended. Abandon the vanity of private property and let the meek inherit the Earth. Or face the consequences, as Allah has told us, over and over again. As the Quran clearly says, “How many generations have We destroyed since Noah’s time. Your Lord is well aware of the sins of His servants and observes them all. We give whatever We will to whoever desires immediate gains; but then We have prepared Hell for him which he will enter, disgraced and rejected.” Ain’t it the truth?



Indrajit (Indi) Samarajiva is a Sri Lankan writer. Follow me at, or just email me at