A Starling murmuration at Spurn Point.

It is fabulous to see a flock of starlings wheeling in the sky in large numbers. They make such incredible flowing shapes.

We were lucky enough to see five great flocks shimmering in the sky.

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Anthropocene Apocalypse – 3.6 billion years of evolution – all interlinked.

Anthropocene Apocalypse – 3.6 billion years of evolution – all interlinked.

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It has taken a staggering 3.6 Billion years for life to have evolved from one single cell in the glutinous soup of oceans that came out of a Billion years of heat, lightning, UV and gamma to create fourteen million species.

We cannot imagine those magnitudes of time. That is why so many people have difficulty understanding evolution.

All life on this planet has evolved to interact and support each other in one huge global web. The variety and splendour is breathtakingly awesome and we should celebrate it with all our hearts.

The green plants process our carbon to produce our food and oxygen.

The animals have feelings and senses analogous to our own.

We all have our habitats and niches and are interlinked.

Together we have changed the world dramatically. We have altered the climate, the atmosphere and weather. The world is how it is because of what life has done to it. There would be no oxygen without plants, no ozone to shield us from radiation, no fire to keep us warm.

Without an array of insects there would be no birds or insectivores.

Without the animals the flowers would lack pollination and fruit would not be dispersed.

We should value, respect and love it with all our hearts. This fragile web is what sustains us. Without all those plants and animals interacting we would not survive. They are our past, present and future.

Build a positive zeitgeist. Protect them all. Preserve our future.

The Population explosion and the future! Anthropocene Apocalypse

 The Population explosion and the future!

Anthropocene Apocalypse

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In Scenario 1 the population continued to grow eating up space, wilderness and destroying all naturally living creatures. Technology dealt with the problems of food, water, energy, weather and even oxygen in the atmosphere. We lived in huge urban developments and the world is devoid of wild-life and natural areas.

Scenario 2.

The premise:

a. We realise the impact of our actions on the environment and limit our numbers, conserve the wilderness and wild-life, stop our habitat destruction and pollution.

b. We lay aside 50% of the planet for wilderness and wild-life. We do not allow roads, hunters or development in these areas.

We are extremely good at solving problems. We can easily create a sustainable future where wilderness and wild-life has a place.

The result:

a. We introduce contraception, education and family planning on a global scale and successfully reduce our population.

b. We use technology to produce better transport, housing, energy production, and food.

c. We do not have urban sprawl, deforestation, overfishing, or other unsustainable exploitation of the environment.

d. We raise the standards of life for all people globally so that there is no longer war, conflict or poverty. There are social services, pensions and sick pay enabling people to live without requiring large numbers of children to support them through hard times.

e. We produce technology that is not polluting and is sustainable. We have ample energy (probably through nuclear fusion and solar) and our farming methods are not cruel or ineffective. We can produce ample good food to support the population without encroaching on the wilderness areas.

f. The forests are conserved. Fishing is sustainable. The weather and global warming is controlled.

g. 50% of the world is teeming with wild-life that we can marvel at. The air, water and soil are not contaminated with carcinogens. We globally control the weather and global warming. Everything regarding conservation and pollution is controlled and enforced globally.

I know which of the two possible future scenarios I would prefer to live in.

The future is for our grandchildren’s grandchildren. In my own life-time we have destroyed over half of the world. I feel we are at the precipice. Will we jump?

Joni Mitchell – Big Yellow Taxi – lyrics concerning the destruction of the environment

Joni Mitchell – Big Yellow Taxi – lyrics concerning the destruction of the environment – You don’t know what you’ve got til its gone!

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Way back in the sixties when we were worried about the environment; we had no idea of the pace of events. What was happening then was piffling compared to what is going on now.

Our world population has gone mad. We are like a great scab spreading over the planet – necrotising humanitis – chopping, sawing, burning, ravaging, killing and destroying like there is no tomorrow.

If we carry on there won’t be!!

Big Yellow Taxi by Joni Mitchell   

They paved paradise
And put up a parking lot
With a pink hotel *, a boutique
And a swinging hot spot

Don’t it always seem to go
That you don’t know what you’ve got
Till it’s gone
They paved paradise
And put up a parking lot

They took all the trees
Put ’em in a tree museum
And they charged the people
A dollar and a half just to see ’em

Don’t it always seem to go
That you don’t know what you’ve got
Till it’s gone
They paved paradise
And put up a parking lot

Hey farmer farmer
Put away that DDT * now
Give me spots on my apples
But leave me the birds and the bees
Please!

Don’t it always seem to go
That you don’t know what you’ve got
Till it’s gone
They paved paradise
And put up a parking lot

Late last night
I heard the screen door slam
And a big yellow taxi
Took away my old man

Don’t it always seem to go
That you don’t know what you’ve got
Till it’s gone
They paved paradise
And put up a parking lot

They paved paradise
And put up a parking lot

Anthropocene Apocalypse – The great Bee demise.

Anthropocene Apocalypse – The great Bee demise.

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Last year I noticed that my garden was devoid of honey bees. My vegetables and fruit were being pollinated by bumble bees. This was most unusual because Bumble bees were supposed to be on a cycle of severe decline and I was used to seeing large numbers of honey bees.

This is not merely happening in England there is the same phenomenon occurring in the United States. These graphs illustrate this:

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I was dismayed to hear that 42% of Bee hives were failing in the States. This should not be happening in the summer months and does not bode well for the next winter.

Bees are essential pollinators. Without them we are in trouble. Many fruits and insect pollinated flowers will not get pollinated.

Even if people do not care about the fate of insects they might care about the increased costs of many of our food essentials.

We need to value all our insects. They are the food for many of our birds and animals. They are essential in our food webs.

It is obvious to me that farmers are destroying our bees and insects with the spraying of crops with insecticides. Neonicotinoids seem to be the main culprits.

We need a major research into the use of insecticides world-wide. Our animals and insects are precious!

Anthropocene Apocalypse – Imagine a world without Chimpanzees, Elephants, Gorillas, Rhinos, Orang-utans, Hippos, Tigers and thousands more. That’s what we are heading towards.

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All over the world the population of humans is soaring, the habitats are being polluted or destroyed, jungles being cleared, strip mining, logging and farming are taking their toll, and the animals are being slaughtered for meat or superstitious medicine.

We seem to be sleep-walking towards a concrete jungle.

The seas and rivers are overfished, the natural world is built over.

It’s time to make clear lines of demarcation – 50% for us and 50% for the rest of the animal life.

It is almost too late.

Wonder and awe – birds in Vietnam – Incredible herons

Wonder and awe – birds in Vietnam – Incredible herons

The tropical waters of the Mekong were fecund. The fish was being caught and mashed for paste. The birds also feasted.

How long can it last until it’s fished out?

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I loved the reflections in the water.

Poetry – Trees – a poem in my Anthropocene Apocalypse series about the senselessness of deforestation.

Poetry – Trees – a poem in my Anthropocene Apocalypse series about the senselessness of deforestation.

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This short-sighted destruction of the world’s great jungles is the most wicked vandalism of all. To sell the future for a handful of gold is plain stupid.

 

Trees are our oldest living organisms. Some are three thousand, five hundred years old. There is no respect. Thousand year old trees are senselessly chopped for profit.

 

Pristine rain-forest, teeming with life, is being cleared to provide food, cosmetics and beverages for a burgeoning human population. Our numbers are destroying the world. Coffee, palm-oil and short-term slash and burn farming are destroying the world.

 

The trees provide fruit, habitats for most of our planet’s land-based life, soil consolidation, carbon recycling, oxygen production, medicines, shade and water recycling.

 

Without the trees the soil is rapidly eroded, fertility declines, the wild-life dies, the oxygen is not released, the carbon is not absorbed and all life is the less.

 

The short-term gain is soon spent. The long-term loss goes on for ever.

 

Who is to say that these incredible long-lived life-forms are not sentient? Perhaps they think and dream in their own languid manner? Perhaps they feel fear and pain? Who knows?

 

Trees

 

Green sap,

Green leaves,

Oxygen, soil, fruit and shade –

Fine rewards.

 

Slow grow,

Tall trees,

Serene giants, majestic calm

Strong and broad.

 

Chain saw,

Short sight,

Dead, to lumber and away

Cash in hand.

 

Bare soil,

Stark stump,

Arid rock, no life and now

Desert sand.

 

No fruit,

No leaf,

No oxygen, water, muse

Or rich life.

 

All poor,

No breath,

No food, animal, music

Drum or fife.

 

Gentle

Life-form

Savagely ripped apart

Without a thought.

 

Seas of

Green now

Parched joyless rock; all life

Sold and bought.

 

Opher 18.7.2015

Peregrine Falcons nesting on Cromer Church – Photos

The peregrines had nested on Cromer Church. There were two fully fledged chicks on the roof and the mother keeping out of the way perching on the face of the church tower (probably fed up with her noisy kids).

They were all waiting for Dad to return with dinner and were getting very impatient. The noise was quite loud (no wonder Mum was keeping out of the way and Dad hadn’t come back yet).

Two impatient chicks

Mum keeping out the way

Chicks getting very impatient

In a bit of a flap