Global Warming – the reality.

No, it’s not a hoax. No, it’s not a political toll. This is just the start!!

Martin Rowson – Fabulous trade deal with Australia!! Cartoon.

How far away is Australia?

How much fuel does that use?

What’s the impact on global warming?

How many of these deals putting 0.02% on our GDP does it take to compensate for the EU? 500? Or more?

How much more lunacy can one country take??

Thanks John Peachey!

9/11 and the rise of the Right! A view.

There has always been a minority of racist right-wing fascists. They are the ones who scream about racial purity, white power and want to drive out all immigrants and people who aren’t like them. They like violence and appearing strong.

This obnoxious group of nationalists are usually kept in check by sane people – people who are tolerant and caring.

Then came 9/11 and the fear of terrorism, coupled with mass immigration.

Overpopulation, oppressive tyranny, war and climate change were conspiring to make regions of the world untenable. There were too many young people and too little work. Couple that with climate change and we have a recipe for disaster.

Wars in the Middle East have fostered hatred.

Droughts and heatwaves were driving people out of various regions.

Desperate people wanted to escape to a land of opportunity.

Fanatical religion, like extreme Islam, was able to harness the hate, the fear and the desperation. They unleashed a string of terrorist acts and tried to disrupt and destabilise the West (calling for a jihad against the oppressive crusaders – making it a holy war).

The fear of terrorism coupled with mass immigration fueled the rise of right-wing attitudes. There was a big rise in nationalism, isolationism, fascism, racism and xenophobia.

It was manna to populist leaders. They worked on this seam of fear and created more fear, more hate and division.

The immigrants desperate to escape terrible conditions in their own countries were looking for a chance. They were portrayed as rabid rapists, drug dealers, terrorists and murderers. They were coming in to take our jobs, rape our women and take over our country. They were bringing their vile customs and religions. They had to be stopped.

All around the world we saw fanatical extremists – ISIS, A Qaeda, Boko Haram, and the Taliban. There was a clash of cultures. We were at war.

The populist leaders – Trump, Bolsonaro, Johnson, Erdogan, Modi, and Orban, promised easy solutions. We would build walls, use military might and threats, look after our own and leave the world to it.

You don’t beat fascism and fanaticism with violence.

Violence breeds hate

Hate breeds more violence.

Fascism needs defeating.

Populism, nationalism and intolerance is no answer. It produces nasty totalitarian states the like of which Trump, Bolsonaro, Johnson and the rest are building. It inflames division, creates more hate and violence.

We need a better answer.

We need to smash right-wing fascism – but not with violence.

Instead of looking at the product we need to address the cause!

What is causing the wave of mass immigration? What is fueling the rise of religious fanaticism?

It is overpopulation, changing climate, lack of opportunity, war and tyranny.

Those are the issues that require addressing and they cannot be addressed by building walls, separating ourselves off and delivering threats. They have to be dealt with globally by cooperation, planning and the intelligent application of solutions.

  1. Address climate change
  2. Provide economic stability
  3. End wars
  4. Educate the world
  5. Reduce populations

If people are employed, with a stable future, enough resources and no threats, they do not need to migrate and are not motivated to join fanatical groups.

You defeat fascism by the application of compassion and intelligence.

This blog kills fascism!!

Global Warming – Cartoon

As a biologist I’m watching the warming of the planet with great concern. I’m seeing the species creep in the UK as various species of insects are appearing further north than before and plants are flowering at different times.

Globally I’m looking at melting glaciers and ice-caps, thawing tundra and bleaching coral.

I’m observing climatic changes as weather patterns display extraordinary changes – droughts, floods, hurricanes, cooling, heating, forest fires and delayed monsoons.

I’ve watched the increasing global warming of the planet and rising sea levels with some dismay.

We have had tropical ages and ice ages in the past. We would not want either if they can be avoided. Both would be a disaster for civilisation as we know it.

It seems strange to me that a supposedly intelligent species should trigger a set of circumstances that would be catastrophic to its own survival. But that’s what we are doing.

Hopefully we won’t trigger a complete runaway greenhouse effect – like has happened on Venus.

Venus‘ atmosphere consists mainly of carbon dioxide, with clouds of sulfuric acid droplets. The thick atmosphere traps the Sun’s heat, resulting in surface temperatures higher than 880 degrees Fahrenheit (470 degrees Celsius).

Venus was probably just like us at one point – a sister waterworld. I wonder what went wrong there? It wasn’t some intelligent life triggering a disaster was it?

Poetry – Empty Words

Empty Words

Looking for loopholes,

                False promises,

                                Empty words.

We are watching you.

The young will not forgive.

                They will write your history.

Their words will be as harsh as the weather.

We are watching you.

Not enough wood for the pyres.

                Not enough oxygen for the lungs.

Not enough understanding of the need.

We are watching you!!

We are watching you!!

We are watching you!!

Opher 23.4.2021

The politicians lie about the way they love and cherish the environment when all the time the only things they are cherishing is power and the size of their bank deposits!!

All over the world nature is threatened.

It’s time everyone came together to put a stop to this massacre!!

We are watching you!!

History will remember who it was who raped the planet!

Empty Words

Looking for loopholes,

                False promises,

                                Empty words.

We are watching you.

The young will not forgive.

                They will write your history.

Their words will be as harsh as the weather.

We are watching you.

Not enough wood for the pyres.

                Not enough oxygen for the lungs.

Not enough understanding of the need.

We are watching you!!

We are watching you!!

We are watching you!!

Opher 23.4.2021

The politicians lie about the way they love and cherish the environment when all the time the only things they are cherishing is power and the size of their bank deposits!!

All over the world nature is threatened.

It’s time everyone came together to put a stop to this massacre!!

We are watching you!!

History will remember who it was who raped the planet!

Poetry – The Game

The Game

The game of avoiding catastrophe

                Played against an opponent

                                Who does not care.

What can be more important

                Than fighting for the future?

Jumping off a cliff

                Into the unknown

                                As the corals bleach.

Populations crash.

                An ecosystem

                                That took billions of years to build,

Destroyed in decades

As time runs out.

People are ready for change.

We are desperate for hope.

Opher – 22.4.2021

We are standing on the brink of that cliff.

We are unbalancing the ecosystems.

We are killing the wildlife.

We are destroying habitats.

We are polluting the world.

We put money before the future.

Enough is enough.

It has to stop.

We have to start to repair the world.

It is too beautiful to allow it to die.

Poetry – 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.

Poetry – Profits Made

Profits Made

The winds came most horribly

Striking the sun-baked soil

Like a flail.

It set the dried brush burning fiercely.

                Every creature

                                As parched and scorched

                                                As the ground

                                                                They died upon.

The rains never came.

                Rivers dried.

                                Seas warmed.  

                                                Coral bleached.

Desert sands

                No longer crept

                                They rushed.

                                                Ice melted.

                                                                Seas rose.

                                                                                Cities flooded.

People fled.

Torrid air

                Scalded skin

                                Smoke still poured

                                                Profits were made.

Opher -4.4.2021

All the major problems facing us are easily solved. Whether it is war, poverty, coronavirus, overpopulation or global warming. There is a simple solution. We already know the answers.

What holds us back is greed, selfishness and the lust for power and wealth.

What is required is a global perspective, greater equality and cooperation.

Easy.

We are all innocent and guilty.

I’m living a quiet life. I don’t steal, destroy any wildlife, kill anything or hurt anybody. I am not guilty.

Except that is not true.

Just by virtue of living we are having an impact and, without enormous research, it is not possible to know exactly how big an impact we are having.

My trainers were made in a sweatshop in India which illegally employs children on starvation wages.

The electricity I use is produced by a power station burning coal which is pouring carbon dioxide and particulates into the atmosphere.

The standard of life I enjoy is the result of a long history of slavery and looting and now is bolstered through clandestine deals selling arms and torture implements to tyrannous despots.

The coffee I drink comes from Vietnam where huge swathes of virgin rainforest was cleared for coffee plantations.

The shampoo I used this morning contained palm oil from the Indonesia where the orangutans are being decimated.

The cheapness of my breakfast cereal is due to extensive overfarming. Hedgerows and copses were flattened, streams culverted and ponds filled in the create greater efficiency. It is laced with pesticide and herbicide because no ‘foreign’ life must exist to reduce the yield. Nature is the enemy.

The fish I ate for tea was trawled from the ocean by a superfleet who are gouging up the seabed.

The computer and phone I contact my friends and family on contains rare metals which have to be mined, heavily polluting the wilderness.

The teak coffee table I bought was made from a great teak tree that was hundreds of years old, stood in a rainforest and provided food and home for a whole community of life.

The steak I will eat for dinner was from a steer in South America. Great swathes of the Amazon rainforest were cleared so we could enjoy cheap beef. It was shipped thousands of miles around the world on a cargo ship spouting masses of carbon and particulate from the burning of poor quality oil in its diesel engines. It was delivered to my supermarket via train and lorry further adding to the pollution.

I could go on and on. But I am not looking to create guilt, just raise awareness. There is no way that we can possibly make ourselves aware of the ramifications of every single economic, political and social aspect of our interwoven world. Besides, much of what goes on is clandestine, hidden and illegal. We probably could never find out the real picture.

So what do we do?

I would suggest that we are all guilty of causing damage, pain and poverty. But we can reduce the damage we do raise our awareness and put pressure on all concerned to clean up our act.

We are one planet, one people. It is in our own interests to reduce the impact we are having on nature so that the planet is safe and life is cherished. It is in our own interests to reduce pollution and not cause suffering. It is in our own interests to reduce global poverty and support the rights of all people.

Not to do so risks a dismal future of global warming, gross pollution of air, soil and water, mass extinctions, war, mass migrations, gross inequality and misery.

None of us are innocent. Just by living we are party to this mess. Some are more guilty than others.

With care we can create a world that works for us all and supports a thriving natural world – With a little care, awareness and thought.