Should we be worried about climate change? Absolutely. But I'd like us to be worried like a pilot in a plane with engine trouble is worried. There's so much we can DO. But not if we're busy screaming & flailing. How bout we buckle up & just land this damn plane.
It's just what happens when sedentary Brits colonize nomadic areas, and need a just-so story to justify pushing their sedentary economic & political system on everyone else.
It's also quite possible that as climates got drier, people had to become more mobile to live with patchy resources. Which btw is how wild herds behave- not just domestic ones.
Turns out we can use climate modeling- the same techniques climate scientists have been using for years to understand human impacts on the climate.
They found the Sahara should have dried up 500-1,000 years before it actually did. upi.com/Humans-delayed…
It was also more than that- when herds are always on the move, grasses have time to recover & regrow. It *prevents* desertification.
You know what it does describe, though? When Europeans used to wet climates move to a desert & park their cows in one place for years on end.
THEN the grass dies. And the colonizers blame ... nomadic herding that isn't even happening anymore. Nice.
Ancient cattle corrals in Kenya.