How are you Climate Change deniers feeling now?

Now we are beginning to see the utterly predictable terrible effects of climate change are you still in denial? Do you still think it’s a conspiracy?

So far we’ve had:

Record temperature heatwaves destroying crops and making huge areas of the world uninhabitable

Massive flooding swamping whole countries

Droughts killing people, wildlife and drying up crops causing mass starvation

Devastating bush fires destroying huge swathes of forest, decimating wildlife and burning homes

Melting glaciers and rising sea levels

Some alterations in sea currents and air currents.

This is only the beginning. As this progresses there will be mass migration as people move from areas that are no longer habitable. Sea level rises will put cities and much farming land under threat. Droughts will hit harvests creating food shortages and starvation. Wildlife will be threatened. There will be water shortages, food shortages and probably wars.

If the ocean currents alter that will cause immense differences. For instance, in Britain, if the gulf stream is deflected or halts we can look forward to Siberian winters with temperatures down to minus twenty or minus thirty degrees.

If the airstreams are altered we could see major changes to seasons and weather patterns.

All this has been modelled, predicted and is following the patterns expected except that it is proceeding at a faster pace than was thought.

In the midst of this man-made catastrophe where the whole world should be doing everything in their power to stop putting out more carbon dioxide, to try to halt and reverse this disaster, we have the populist fools such as the American Republicans wanting to make money by using more oil and gas, idiots like Bolsonaro burning down the Amazon forest to make money, imbeciles like Putin waging war that is burning up petrol and going to require major reconstruction and also burning off huge amounts of gas instead of shipping it to Europe and China using coal, oil and gas in massive amounts to gain world domination.

Madness rules!!

For all Global Warming Cynics.

This graph clearly shows what is happening. The extreme heat, flooding, bush fires, glacial melt, rise in sea levels, extreme weather, droughts and species migration are all part of the same thing – we are changing the world’s climate. It is getting hotter. The effect on crops is not good. Soon whole regions will be uninhabitable. The mass migration, fight for water and loss of crops could well be catastrophic. This is an existential crisis.

The sooner people wake up to the truth and stop believing the propaganda put out by cynical politicians and those with vested interests, the better!!

Shifting – Change comes

Shifting – Change comes

Shifting air currents,

                Later rains,

                                Drier vegetation,

                                                More fire.

Change comes.

Fossil fuels,

                Mass pollution,

                                Tropical storms

                                                Hurricanes

Change comes.

Opher 22.4.2021

We are reaping the results of three hundred years of abuse.

Our numbers are a bacterial scum rotting everything we touch.

The oceans and forests are not infinite.

We are tipping the balance.

Change is coming.

WE will not like it – not one bit.

Biblical floods, fire, plagues, drought, famine, migrations and desperation.

Change comes.

We are responsible.

Shifting – Change comes

Shifting – Change comes

Shifting air currents,

                Later rains,

                                Drier vegetation,

                                                More fire.

Change comes.

Fossil fuels,

                Mass pollution,

                                Tropical storms

                                                Hurricanes

Change comes.

Opher 22.4.2021

We are reaping the results of three hundred years of abuse.

Our numbers are a bacterial scum rotting everything we touch.

The oceans and forests are not infinite.

We are tipping the balance.

Change is coming.

WE will not like it – not one bit.

Biblical floods, fire, plagues, drought, famine, migrations and desperation.

Change comes.

We are responsible.

Listen to the Science

Listen to the Science

Listen to the science.

                We have the means!

                                Hope comes from actions

Not words!

Listen to the experts.

                We can act

                                But we don’t have time

To wait!

Listen to the sounds

                Of melting ice,

                                Of forest fires,

                                                Of frying creatures,

Not fools.

Opher – 22.4.2021

Listening to the frail girl who is called Greta. She may not be particularly charismatic but she has the power to move people.

Listen to the science.

Don’t be fooled by the right-wing propaganda from the ones who want to make more money.

The planet is worth more than all the money in the world.

Growing Old – a story

Growing Old

May was the cruellest month, the time when hope still tinged the minds, before we all gave up.

At first we had welcomed the massing clouds. How wrong we were. There was no benevolence to be found in their false promise, they did not offer respite or auger a cure – far from it.

A gale blew out the blackened sky ripping off roofs, wrenching dead trees from the ground, hurling deadly missiles. Rain fell in torrential sheets as if a waterfall. Some titan had overturned her bath upon the world. The water roared off the parched ground, rushing in torrents, rearing into monstrous waves, turning roads into raging rivers, surging through the streets, carrying all before it. Cars and people were swept away. Debris crashed into buildings and then the houses themselves began to collapse before the gigantic force of this tsunami from the heavens.

The storm passed. The clouds dispersed. The sun shone with its usual searing intensity. The water retreated. Steam began to rise.

Survivors emerged from their broken homes, eyes wide, faces frozen in horror, staring around them at the devastation. Moving like robots, not knowing what to do, they began slowly picking through the wreckage, vainly searching for relatives or neighbours. Their town had disappeared. Everywhere was ruin. What had been roads and houses were now heaps of junk. In slow motion they began moving debris, searching for the living, knowing that it was pointless. Some wailed in anguish but nobody comforted them or paid them heed. Most simply worked in methodical isolation, minds buried deep within.

That was the day hope died.

They knew no help would come. The disasters were too many. Theirs had been the deluge. For others it had been the fires, the floods or simply the heat.

The world was beaten.

They buried what dead they could find and salvaged anything that might be of use. The sun had already baked the ground into hexagonal bricks.

They huddled together in whatever buildings were left intact. Nobody talked. There was little to eat. From force of habit they collected water in all containers they could find. They knew the pools would soon dry up. Water was the most precious commodity. The birds and vegetation had already succumbed to the relentless drought that scorched the ground. No livestock had survived, no crops could be grown. Water was worth more than diamonds, yet it had been water that had finally done them in.

Everybody knew that it was over. The future lay before them as an endless torture. Maybe the dead were the lucky ones?

Gradually, the realisation coalesced. They could not stay. There was no future to be had among these ruins. People began muttering together, arguments broke out as the despair and hunger exerted itself.

Nature had turned against them. There was now no welcome cloud to be seen. Stragglers began collecting their scant possessions and trudging off towards London.

How sad to live long enough to witness the end.

The World is heating up. This is a disaster for all of us.

Not only will sea levels rise flooding most of our big cities which are at sea level it will also flood much of our fertile farmland.

The high temperatures will make large areas of the world uninhabitable. There will be a mass migration of billions of people.

Biodiversity is being hit hard. We are causing mass extinctions and this will rebound on us. We are part of this great food web.

The weather will be greatly affected leading to droughts, floods, fires, storms and hurricanes.

The social tensions and massive disruption, shortages of water and food, are going to cause enormous social tensions.

Unless we tackle this on a global scale we are going to be in huge trouble.

Poetry – Too Many

Too Many

Too many people.

Too many by far.

All burning up energy.

Travelling by car.

Killing the wildlife.

Chopping the trees.

Covering with concrete.

Nature brought to its knees.

How to reduce this vast population?

Reduce the numbers – nation by nation?

Maybe Gaia is raising her head?

Giving her warning –

Change –

Or we’ll all end up dead.

Opher – 16.4.2020

Humanity has increased in numbers to a ridiculous level. We are swamping the planet and destroying nature.

Global warming and species diversity, deforestation, over-fishing, mass extinctions, plastic, ozone layer, pollution.

The problems are huge and global.

We show no real signs of grappling with these problems. They impinge on profits!!

So we continue to rape the planet and destroy nature. Perhaps the planet is getting fed up with us?

Poetry – Denial

Denial

Five million creatures fried

                As the fires of global warming

                                Shroud the globe in smoke.

Australia, Indonesia and California burn,

                As humanity never seems to learn.

And the ecology of the world lies broke.

Floods, storms and droughts,

                                In the extreme,

                Stalk the world.

Glaciers melt,

                Corals bleach

                                As the tragedy unfurled.

Despite the palls of smoke

                Filling the sky

There are still those

                Who will deny.

Opher – 2.1.2020

They estimate that five hundred million creatures have already been burnt to death in the terrible fires sweeping through Australia.

Three years of severe drought followed by a record high temperature has produced a catastrophe waiting to happen.

It has been replicated in Indonesia and California.

While hurricanes, typhoons and tropical storms batter countries, sea levels rise, desertification increases, seas warm, corals bleach and there is record rainfall and floods.

All predictably following the computer modelling.

Once again the hottest global temperature on record.

What were one in a century events are now happening every year.

I sit in Britain where we have flooded towns, fields that resemble lakes and a year’s rainfall falling in days.

Carbon Dioxide levels are at a record. The greenhouse effect is real. Yet there are those who still believe this is nothing to do with man, is just a natural cycle and deny any link.

They point to solar output.

Yet they is no increased solar activity. There is a greenhouse effect though.

Trump, Xi Jinping, Bolsonaro and Morrison just want to burn fossil fuel for short-term profit. They don’t give a damn about the future.

I wish a plague of fleas, leeches and horse-flies on all of them.

Surely, even if it were caused by solar effects, there are things we can do to rectify the situation. We could move to renewables and away from coal, oil and gas. We could plant trees. We could stop destroying forests and wetlands. These things would not do any harm and might solve the problem (however it was caused).

Let’s get the carbon dioxide out of the damn atmosphere, protect our wildlife, limit our numbers and start behaving responsibly!!!