Climate Change and AIDS Similarities
Here is an article that makes the connection between an individual's and the Earth's health in a forceful, interesting manner. Seeing the truth in this comparison requires letting go of the individual of a given species as the only scale for biological study. For indeed, the Gaia hypothesis posits and much science has shown that the the Earth is alive, in that it is a self-maintaining system. This means it can die too.
AIDS offers lessons on facing climate problems
Climate change, like AIDS, has a prolonged asymptomatic period as the condition develops. It's followed by brutal, traumatic symptoms that appear only after the body's (planetary or human) natural ability to adapt is so eviscerated that we are left defenceless. In a very real sense, climate change is like AIDS in the ecology of the planet. Climate change, like AIDS, is almost impossible to cure once the symptoms emerge.