17 May 2019 — Anti-Capital
[3 August 2019: I’m republishing this essay for those who have missed it because I think it’s really important to read given current events. WB]
When sunlight strikes the Earth several things happen to it. First of all, not all of that sunlight gets to the land and water below the sky. Quite a bit of it is reflected back out in to space by the atmosphere. Most of the sunlight is absorbed as heat by the land, water, and living things. This heat will later be lost again to space as it escapes our atmosphere. Some of the energy of the Sun, however, is transformed in to chemical energy in the bonds between carbon, hydrogen, and oxygen. Photosynthesis is the process by which plants are capable of fixing gaseous carbon in to a solid form. In other words, this energy is stored with us on planet Earth.