Trump the climate arsonist quote on the California/Oregon/Washington fires!

As the worst fires ever rage through the western states Trump remains noncommittal.

When asked if it was due to climate change he says: ‘I think this is more of a management situation. When you have years of dried leaves on the ground, it just sets it up. It’s really a fuel for a fire.’

‘I don’t think science knows.’ – yes science does know actually – it’s there from all the scientists not employed directly by the polluters – it’s CLIMATE CHANGE!!!!

He then went on to suggest that other countries don’t have this problem.

Where has he been hiding? Doesn’t he read? What about the huge terrible fires in Australia this year? In Borneo, Philippines and the Amazon???

This is a world-wide phenomenon – along with flooding, droughts, melting ice, rising sea levels, hurricanes and changes in seasonal weather.

Human beings are hugely impacting on the climate and Trump is pushing fossil fuels and relaxing environmental laws, denying climate change and pulling out of international agreements!

A climate arsonist??? I’d call him worse than that when it comes to the environment. Bolsonaro and he are vandals who are not only jeopardising biodiversity but the health of the biosphere on which we depend.

Is the short-term gain worth this long-term loss?


Biodiversity – the big disaster. The Anthropocene.

The tragedy of our destruction of biodiversity has been like a slow-motion car-crash that I have been observing throughout my life.

The destruction is ongoing, continuous and horrendous.

I have witnessed it in the UK and as I’ve travelled the world I have seen the evidence everywhere I have one.

In The UK.

The plants and animals I used to see regularly are disappearing fast. As a boy, I used to play in meadows full of wildflowers. I used to collect caterpillars, newts, frogs, toads, slowworms and grass snakes. They were common. Hedgehogs were everywhere. The fields were full of the buzz of insects. Big flocks of swifts and swallows swooped and fed. Streams were full of sticklebacks, dragonfly and caddis.

Those fields are sprayed with pesticide and herbicide. The streams are polluted or culverted. The hedgerows have been grubbed up, trees chopped down and ponds filled.

Where can the wildlife live?


The rainforests – the lungs of the earth – are disappearing at an alarming rate. Flying over the Amazon the sight of the vast areas of cleared forest is alarming. But the same thing is happening in Borneo, Australia, the Philippines, Vietnam and Africa. What was once impenetrable jungle (only fifty years ago) has roads running through it. The loggers and hunters have moved in. The farmers follow. The forest, along with the creatures it supports, is burnt.

I was quite shocked by a statistic that came out of the David Attenborough programme last night concerning the biomass of organisms.

60% Livestock

36% Humans

4% Wildlife.

That is what we have done in the last hundred years.

Our seas are being denuded of fish by huge supertrawlers. Our rivers are likewise overfished. Travelling down the Mekong I was amazed to see that through the whole length there were fishing enterprises taking even the smallest fish to batter into fish paste. What hope is there?

In Vietnam, everything that moves is killed. Even the paddy fields have traps to catch and eat insects. The jungles were silent.

I am appalled by the cruel, inhumane way we treat animals. They are caged in tiny cages, driven mad and killed in the most horrendous ways – being boiled alive, skinned alive or cut open to extract blood or gall bladders. Such insensitivity.

What is wrong with people?

This is not sustainable.

The delicate balance of nature not only supports this wondrous array of life but provides our climate, our food, our oxygen and atmosphere that keeps us alive.

Already we are seeing the huge fires due to global warming, the floods, droughts, heatwaves and changes in air and sea currents.

Nature can bounce back but we have to help it. We have to stop the destruction, reduce our population, stop the waste, put back the forests, the ponds, streams and hedgerows and start to act responsibly (and far less cruelly).

I think we are on the brink.

Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 11 May 2016

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A Walk around Hornsea – photos

Hornsea is a seaside town not far from us. I normally go there every week for my writing group but that is cancelled because of Covid. We are making use of the fine weather to explore. Although I go there regularly, there is much of the town that I’ve never seen.

It used to be grand but now it is down market. It declined when Beeching cut the railway link leaving it rather isolated.

We started on the Mainstreet. There are many fine houses from all the different incarnations of the town.

Then headed off down the back streets.

This is in the park – an extensive park with lots of facilities – but this is part of the moat for the great Manor House that no longer exists.

We then had a walk along the prom. Sandy beaches with few people and lots of social distancing – warm sun and cold North Sea.

This is the facade of the old railway station.

Through the memorial gardens dedicated to all those killed in the wars of the last hundred-odd years – so many young men needlessly slaughtered.

I wonder if they’ll put up memorials for the Covid victims in years to come?

Past the main church with its impressive spire.

On to the mere – a large lake with reed banks and boating. A great place for nature.

Destroying habitat – Irony!!

While walking up my hill – past the scenes of devastation where they have mown the wide verges, I saw a sign at the entrance to a field. So I went and had a look.

The ultimate in irony:

The sign was about how wonderfully they were managing the land and providing habitat for wildlife such as the grey partridge.

It says that the chicks need plenty of insects and seed.

To the left of the sign was the wide verge that had been mown flat – destroying all the habitat full of insects and seed.

To the right of it was the field freshly ploughed with no strips of wildland for the partridges, no stubble,  no seed, no insects.

Was this some kind of sick joke???

No wonder nature is taking such a battering!!

Poetry – The Plastic Jungle

The Plastic Jungle


The flies are disappearing

The beetles are all going.

There are few caterpillars for the birds

It’s a sterile world we’re sowing.


It took five billion years

To create this interlocking mesh.

But it only took a few thousand

For us to create this mess.


With libraries of books,

Knowledge and civilisation.

We still do not understand enough

To correct this situation.


We seem content to let them go

Without a second thought,

While cluttering the plastic jungle

With the rubbish that we’ve bought.


Opher – 27.7.2020

Poem – We fell asleep in one world and woke in another!

Such a great poem to music and images.

Is nature giving us a reminder?

Nature doesn’t need us – we are guests! I hope we remember that!

The poem was written by Haroon Rashid. It was sent to me by my mate Graham in Oz. Not so keen on the music but the poem is great!

Thanks Haroon.

Poetry – We’re part of it.

We’re part of it.


There’s a small planet that we’re on

That provides everything we need;

An intricate interconnecting web

Of insect, fur and seed.


Some recognise that this delicate web

Took billions of years to evolve

And that we’re messing up a balance,

Creating problems we can’t solve.


It’s like cannibalising the life-support

That is keeping us alive

Instead of improving it –

Enabling us to thrive.


Too many people see nature

As a business, open to abuse.

I guess,

You either feel you’re part of it

Or it’s there for you to use.


Opher – 17.7.2020