The Contactees of the ’50s and ’60s talked a lot about the period of transition that the Earth was entering. The exact nature of the transition varied depending on the Contactee doing the talking. George Adamski expressed concerns that nuclear tests could slow the Earth’s rotation enough that differential centrifugal forces would tear the planet apart. George King spoke of the impending arrival of the New Age, when the earth would transition into a higher vibrational and more spiritually evolved state. To complete the trifecta of Georges, George Van Tassel warned of the impending switch of the magnetic poles of the earth. But Van Tassel also spoke of something that is quite relevant to modern society: climate change.
The reason 64 nations combined and pooled their scientists under what they call the “Geophysical Year” and set out to find out what’s wrong with this planet is because the scientists know that there’s something wrong with it….they also know that the north polar ice cap is receding at approximately a half a mile a year at the edges. That’s a tremendous amount in weight and thickness….These people [the space brothers] explained that our bomb tests are accelerating this condition.
The Geophysical Year he refers to above was a coordinated effort by scientists from around the world to study the changes that were occuring on the Earth and in the atmosphere. He took note of increased drought and outsized storms that were plaguing the planet, and laid the blame on nuclear tests, and claimed the government was engaged in a conspiracy to cover it all up. Ironically, the conspiracy theorists have flipped sides, saying that the government today is engaging in a conspiracy to make the public believe that climate change is real.
Conspiracies aside, scientists are overwhelmingly in agreement that emissions from human endeavor are contributing to climate change (and not nuclear tests, which have been banned worldwide since 1963). To look at what many are claiming are the effects of climate change, here’s a rough list of things I’ve come across in the last few months: the “blob”, an area of warm water in the Pacific that wreaked havoc with weather patterns all summer; an impending “godzilla El Nino” that promises intense downpours in drought-stricken southern California; Southern California, itself, in the midst of a record drought, in which water reserves are at 20% or less, and entire cities are running out of water; the municipal water supply of Brookings, Oregon, is struggling with sea water infiltrating their drinking water supply; a similar effect is happening in Florida; populations of jellyfish and certain types of algae are booming due to warming ocean temperatures; sea lions are experiencing mass die-offs because the shallow waters are too warm for the fish they hunt, and the young cannot swim far enough out to sea to get to their food; kelp forests are vanishing because sea urchins thrive in warmer waters, and feed on juvenile kelp; massive icebergs the size of Manhattan are breaking off in Antarctica.
You get the point. In many ways, climate change fears are the equivalent of mid-century nuclear fears–this idea that we, as humans, will engineer our own destruction on a planetary scale. As evidence, look at how pop culture has reflected this shift. In 1951’s The Day the Earth Stood Still, the alien being Klaatu arrives on Earth to stop us from taking our nuclear weapons into space. In the remake from 2008, Klaatu is here to preserve the innocent species of Earth that are being decimated by human interference.
Van Tassel wasn’t alone in foreseeing the problem of climate change. Adamski claimed the space brothers told him that the cold places would get warmer, and the warm places would get colder. The Geophysical Year of 1957-58 marked the first time that precise measurements of the atmosphere suggested a warming trend, but this information was not the subject of casual dinner conversation until the mid-1970s. Interestingly, George Van Tassel made his comments about the ice caps receding in 1958. Was he intently following the proceedings of science in the Geophysical Year, or was his information actually coming to him via Omnibeam, as he claimed? Whatever the source, suffice it to say that Contactees were raising alarm bells decades before almost anyone else.
All of this shows that everything old is new again; which is to say, 60 years after the Contactees first started advocating for a more holistic approach to our global civilization, we are still ignoring the message, which is more urgent than ever. Will a new generation of Contactees emerge to spread this message again? Now that nuclear testing is no longer a factor, will the space brothers intercede on our use of fossil fuels?
Only time will tell.