If nature is non-linear then does the principle of cause and effect not apply to nature?
Processes are cyclical in the world of nature, so that the effects are fed back to the original causes through various loops of energy. As a result, seemingly small inputs suddenly show up as huge consequences. Edward Lorentz discovered this while studying world weather patterns in 1963. Lorentz showed how very small changes in weather patterns could precipitate huge changes thousands of miles away. He coined the phrase, ‘the butterfly effect’ whereby ‘a small butterfly flapping its wings in Peking could change the weather in New York’. This was prophetic indeed because the ‘El Nino factor’ is now legendary. A small current in the Pacific has been empirically found to affect global weather patterns.
How can this help solve the mess that is our city?
Firstly, we must create more feedback loops to clear the environment chaos. This process has begun as courts have become proactive and support public interest litigation (PIL) made by concerned citizens. The compressed natural gas (CNG) enforcement for public vehicles, the resident welfare associations (RWA) fighting against the commercial corruption of their streets and NGOs fighting for the survival of trees are examples of these.