Poetry – The Last Party (For Greta)

The Last Party (For Greta)

It’s the last party on the Titanic

And nobody’s at the wheel.

The iceberg has come into sight,

We’ll soon hear the crunch of steel.

Let’s order another bottle of champers

And pretend that it’s all God’s will.

‘Shouldn’t someone be keeping watch?’

I heard a young kid shout.

‘It’s looking pretty murky.

There’s a lot of ice about?’

‘Don’t worry your young head,’

The gambler replied.

‘Leave it to the Captain.

Let them that know decide.’

‘But isn’t that an iceberg,

Looming in the dark?

Surely we should steer away,

Lest it leaves its mark?’

How everybody laughed

At the silly little girl.

And carried on a-gambling

Within the social whirl.

There was surprise and chaos

When the iceberg hit.

Nobody could have seen it coming?

Was the grand verdict.

There weren’t enough lifeboats

But the wealthy took their place.

They knew they would survive

The gathering disgrace.

Opher – 31.10.2020

I wrote this one for Greta Thunberg.

It seems obvious that there is a major catastrophe or two looming – not only global warming but the annihilation of species and pandemics.

We can still alter course and change our ways. There is time. But the calamity it looming.

It takes a child to point out the catastrophe that lies ahead.

There’s still nobody at the wheel.

Presidential election – Who to choose to protect nature and long-term economic security?

We’ve all seen the terrible fires in Australia, Africa, South America and California. We’ve seen the floods, hurricanes and strange weather patterns.

It is only going to get worse and not only cause mass devastation, mass migration and huge damage to nature; it is also going to ruin economies and cost a fortune.

We need our rainforests, don’t we? We need environmental stability, don’t we?

How long does a forest last when you put in place a President who has removed legislation on mining and logging, reduced environmental standards, doesn’t believe in global warming, promotes fossil fuels and wants to exploit the environment for quick profit (basically anything goes if you can make a buck and temporarily boost the economy) or a President who wants to move away from fossil fuels towards sustainable energy, who believes in protecting the environment, who knows that we have damaging global warming and would be part of a world-wide struggle to protect nature, with things like the Paris Accord, who believes in science and will fund it properly – let me see now – this is a difficult one isn’t it?

Global Warming is real and threatens us severely.

Science is based on accurate observation followed by hypothesis and testing.

As is obvious with testing we do not have a control group for the planet.

We have observed the heating of the planet very accurately. It is heating up.

We have looked for reasons.

In previous tropical ages there were natural phenomena. In ice ages there were natural phenomena.

These changes were brought about by things outside our control – solar output variations or volcanic activity.

We have not observed any such activity.

What we have observed is that the greenhouse gas CO2 is building up in high levels due to human activity through burning fossil fuels. This correlates.

The greenhouse effect of CO2 has been verified using scientific method, with controls.

The global warming is having a marked effect on weather patterns and rises in sea level. If the temperatures rise much more those changes will increase dramatically.

Intelligence says that if you have a problem you look for a way of fixing it. Global warming is a hell of a problem.

We could put mirrors in space to reflect heat.

We could put my water into the air to form cloud to reflect heat.

We could reduce CO2 levels.

You know what – I think CO2 reduction is the easiest and best way to solve the problem.

The Maldives – Photos – Low Level islands threatened by global warming.

Sunsets over the low-lying islands are beautiful. 

Male was like a city coming straight out of the sea. 

The coral atolls can be seen in the blue water as green rings. 

The Maldives, like the Pacific Solomon Islands are under great threat from global warming. Already five of the Solomon Isles have disappeared beneath the waves. 

How about investigating Global Warming now? Is Texas just a warning of what is to come? Harvey and Katrina are holding hands.


One of the first acts of Donald Trump was to pull out of the Paris Climate Treaty and disband the environmental Agencies monitoring and investigating Global Warming and Climate Change.

An act of supreme irresponsibility. Even if you don’t agree with something it is best to monitor what is going on.

Despite all the evidence to the contrary – the hurricanes, ice-cap melting, rise in sea-level, warming of seas, heatwaves, changes in sea and air currents, weather extremes, downpours, floods, droughts, record temperatures, changes in vegetation, migration of species etc. – Donal Trump remains a denier.

That seems stupid to me but he has his agenda. He wants to make money. He wants a licence to pollute.

What seems undeniable is that something is going on globally that requires investigation.

With global warming indisputably occurring it seems only common sense to investigate why, monitor it closely, ascertain what effects are likely to be felt and where, take precautions against these effects, bring in contingency plans and try to do something to prevent catastrophes.

Indisputably carbon dioxide levels have risen and the planet is warming. This does not seem due to any natural event – solar, volcanic or whatever – it seems due to our burning of fossil fuels. Perhaps it is not too stupid to suggest that this could do with further investigation?

As air warms its carrying capacity of water increases dramatically. What is happening in Texas is not a freak accident. It is a certainty. The Gulf of Mexico is a warm sea. Air becomes loaded with water and deposits that water on land. If it is warmer it carries more water and deposits more. The warmth also fuels hurricanes. The hotter it is the bigger the storms.

First the disaster of Katrina and now the flooding in Texas. Are they natural phenomenon? Are they manmade? How will we know if the people looking into it were all sacked?

Perhaps the good people of Texas should politely ask Mr Trump to put the agencies back together to monitor global warming, ask the questions and look for solutions?

Or are we going to put our heads back in the sand and pretend nothing untoward is going on?

Donald Trump – A major threat to the environment?

Donald Trump may turn out to be a major threat to the world’s environment, putting hundreds of thousands of species under threat, promoting major climate change and putting many communities at risk of such things as flooding, drought, extreme weather, hurricanes, crop failures and starvation. This could result in mass migrations of people and mass extinctions of plants and animals.

President elect Trump claims that manmade climate change is a hoax. He is threatening to pull out of the Paris agreement and reverse the Green Energy programmes. He says that he will promote economic growth by returning to fossil fuel programmes (coal, oil and gas), reopen plants and to hell with the carbon dioxide output or pollution.

He is solely concerned with the economy and jobs. The environment is not an issue.

This runs contrary to all the evidence accumulated on climate change. In the long term it will not only be an environmental and human disaster but also turn into a major crisis for the economy. I cannot help thinking that this is extremely bad news for the whole world.

In a worrying new development his administration has asked for the names of all the people involved in the Green Energy programmes and who have promoted Green Energy and been involved with climate change talks. The fear is of a witch-hunt.

Anyone who is involved with the environment should be anxious. If he goes through with his stated policy change, the USA, instead of leading in the clean up of carbon dioxide, will be greatly increasing its carbon output. This could be a disaster for the world and impact on the whole initiative to prevent global warming and protect the dwindling rainforests and animals.

If there is a continued increase in global temperature, created by human activity through the burning of fossil fuels (as most scientists now believe), it would have a devastating effect on wildlife and human populations. There would be radical changes in weather patterns leading to droughts, heatwaves, floods, desertification, hurricanes and extreme weather, melting of ice-caps, a rise in sea levels, changes in animal and plant distribution, death of corals and sea-life, changes in conditions for crops and have a colossal impact on wildlife and human populations.

For nature, already under extreme attack, this could be catastrophic.

This also does not bode well for other environmental initiatives. It would appear that the environment and wildlife do not feature in the world of Trump. All that matters is money.

Hopefully the experts will convince Mr Trump that he is wrong and the risks are far too great.

Hopefully he will not go through with his withdrawal from environmental agreements and a return to dirty energy.

The world is at stake.

Why not read up my views on the devastation of our natural world in my book Anthropocene Apocalypse. It tells the story of what is happening to the planet through our burgeoning numbers and destructive practices.


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Global Warming and a punch on the nose!


The next time I bump into a global warming denier I am going to punch them very hard on the nose.

I have just completed mowing my lawn. It was luxuriant, damp and muddy. I had to do that because the grass had become so long.

Mowing grass in December in the North of England!!!   That is absurd!!  The only time I’ve ever done that before was when I was living in Los Angeles!

Perhaps the deniers will start to believe now? One too many ‘once in a hundred years’ events.

Good on the Pope!! About time a religious leader made some sense!

PopeMe too!

I never thought ‘d be agreeing with the Pope on anything but I seem to be liking everything he said about the climate!

Well done Pope Francis.

He called on all the world, all people, to stop their selfish ways and start to look after the planet. He said that humanity was responsible for the climate change and we should stop burning fossil fuels.

That’s a big step forward! Maybe everyone will start to listen now?

Perhaps the Pope’s next move might be to lift the ridiculous, outmoded ban on contraception. I don’t remember anywhere in the bible where Jesus tells everyone to stop putting condoms on their penises.

The ‘go forth and multiply’ stupidity is creating a crisis for all life on this planet. Between the Catholics and the Muslims there seems to be a race to flood the world with followers and ‘win’. That’s nuts.

Large families are a huge problem. We are seven billion heading for ten! It is not sustainable.

But good on Pope Francis – at least it is a step in the right direction!

Photography – The Great Barrier Reef – Green Island Australia – Exquisite colour.

The Great Barrier Reef is under threat. Global warming is creating a problem with warmer seas and carbon dioxide is creating acid waters. It is killing a lot of the world’s coral. Green Island was a beautiful place. The colours were exquisite. IMG_9612 IMG_9626 IMG_9631 IMG_9633 IMG_9639 IMG_9637 IMG_9638

Nick Harper Brilliant!!! – at the wonderful Ropery in Barton 2014

I’ve seen Nick tens of times in different venues all over the country but rarely as good as this!!

This is a new mature Nick, slightly more restrained, less chaotic and loud. A more thoughtful, humorous Nick.

Right from the start he set up a delightful relationship with the audience who warmed to his anecdotes, asides and humour.

Nick was in fine form, bending notes, doing impossible chords, mad tuning in songs, changing broken strings without pause all complete with a voice that soared into impossible heights. It was magical.

The new songs sounded great as well! And that album is out next week!

If you haven’t seen him recently – look out for him coming your way – it’s not one to miss!!

If you are unfamiliar check out his stuff on Amazon and purchase the great CD ‘Seed’ to begin with. You’ll end up with them all!

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