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?

BLM – Ritchie Havens – What You Gonna Do About Me?

In this time of social change with a big surge of hope for greater equality as Black Lives Matter and George Floyd provides momentum this song from the late Ritchie Havens takes on greater poignancy.

My Favourite Protest Songs – Ritchie Havens – What You Gonna Do About Me?

This is another one for the environmental vandal Trump and in support of Black Lives Matter.

This is a song off the great album The Blind Degree.  I used to play this a lot.

When things are wrong it is incumbent on all right-minded people to stand up and protest. We cannot allow the greedy and selfish to trash the planet. We cannot allow inequality to poison our society.

It is time the environmental movement, the Black Lives Matter movement and the anti-fascist movements combined. We are all opposing the same greedy minority.

What you gonna do about us? We are gonna stick up for what we believe in and we’re prepared to be shot down.

What You Gonna Do About Me? – Ritchie Havens

You poison my sweet waters; you chop down my green trees
And the food you feed my children is the cause of that ill disease
My world is slowly falling down and the air is not fit to breathe
And those of us who care enough, we have to do something
Oh, what you gonna do about me
Oh, what you gonna do about me

Your newspapers – they just put you on
They never tell you the whole story
They just put your young ideas down
I was wondering if this was the end of their pride and glory?
Oh, what you gonna do about me
Oh, what you gonna do about me

I work in your factories and I study in your schools
I fill your penitentiaries and your military too
I can feel the future trembling as the word is passed around
If you stick up for what you do believe in, be prepared to be shot down
Oh, what you gonna do about me
Oh, what you gonna do about me

I feel just like a stranger in the land where I was born
And I live just like an outlaw; I’m always on the run
Always on the run, they got me always on the run

Oh, your soldiers smoke marijuana, you can’t put them behind your walls
Because most of what you taught them to do is against most of your laws
We’re all fugitives from injustice now but we’re going to be free
Because your rules and regulations don’t do the things for me
Oh, what you gonna do about me
Oh, what you gonna do about me

You may be the stronger now, but my time will come around
You keep adding to my numbers as you shoot my people down
I can feel the future trembling as the word is passed around
We are going to stick up for what we do believe in, and we’re prepared to be shot down
Oh, what you gonna do about me
Oh, what you gonna do about me

I feel just like a stranger in the land where I was born
And I live just like an outlaw; I’m always on the run
Always on the run, they got me always on the run

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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Just Something To Think About!!

This has got to be our number one priority – the destruction of our wildlife and wrecking of our planet.

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This is not one of my regular videos. I just wanted to provoke a little thought in this video about climate change and what is happening to the earth that we live on.

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Featured book – Anthropocene Apocalypse – the blurb

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For anybody who cares for nature this book is a must. This is written by somebody who loves animals in the wild and despairs at the degradation of the environment that he has witnessed first-hand in his life-time. You reel at the cruelty and thoughtlessness, the stupidity and crass superstition. You boggle at the numbers of this mad population explosion that is to blame. You can see the panic setting in as we career towards an inevitable human catastrophe.
Yet it is not all doom and gloom. The passion rips through your heart and the fury saddens you. But also in there is the ecstasy and love of the wonder that is this planet with its bountiful treasure-trove of nature.
We write so that it may not come true.
This book is not a mass of scientific facts or boggling information; it is one mans view from the vantage point of a long life of what is happening to this jewel of a planet.
It is also a book about hope; hope that we can use our intelligence to put a stop to this pollution and cruelty before it is too late. There are ways we can make it work. They are outlined. The way forward is clear.
All that is needed is the will to make it happen.
If you care about the planet you should read this. It will change your life. Hopefully it will also change the world for the better!

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Featured book – Anthropocene Apocalypse – Index

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I think the index gives you a bit of a clue as to the content.

Index

 

Quote & dedication

Introduction

My worst nightmare

My best outcome

The most likely scenario

The long term effects of the Anthropocene

The decline in British Wildlife

Extinction of Species – Zambia & Zimbabwe

Extinction of Species – Cambodia & Vietnam

Extinction of Species – North America

Good things

Deforestation & Extinction – Peru

Road Kill – Australia

Road Kill – America

Further adventures in Peru

Heading out of Lima to the Ballesteros Islands

The Nazca Lines and Lake Titicaca experience

The Colca Canyon and that condor moment

Species extinction – Tasmania

Deforestation in Britain & Europe

The China tiger

Britain in Shakespeare’s time

Wales and the brigands

Los Angeles Smog and mountains

The Chinese experience

Modern man

Deforestation of Tasmania

Deforestation in Vietnam

Alteration of climate due to global warming

The argument against the global warming deniers

World population

Safari in Zimbabwe and Botswana

Second safari in Botswana

Sadness on safari

Zambia and flying round the farm

Hull and Urbanisation

Los Angeles – a tale of urban sprawl

Chongqing City

A cat in the road

New research and new dangers

Nuclear disasters

Spanish Field trip

Portugal & the chameleons

Australian wonderland

More Australian wonders

The start of Greenpeace

Mass migration

Australia – still going

Uneducated education

South Africa and the Whale

India – a place like no other

Australia – Cairns

Road kill yesterday

Senseless death of the toads

The Animal House

Natural History Museum

Yellowstone Park

My Davies the Biologist & Mr Tranter the Rural Scientist

Nuclear dumps

Louisiana swamps

Australia and the ozone layer

Travelling around Scotland

Fracking, the Seven Estuary Barrier, Nuclear and Wind Farms

The decline in wild-life in Britain in my life-time

Solutions

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Anthropocene Apocalypse – One planet – It is about time we looked after it. It’s got to last more than a lifetime.

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We have a planet.

It is situated at exactly the right distance away from the sun for water to exist in all three states.

It has life.

The life is dependant on the atmosphere and oxygen.

The oxygen is produced by trees, plants and plankton in the sea.

The biodiversity has taken three billion years to build up and interrelated complexity necessary to sustain all life in a delicate balance.

Life is fragile. If we change the climate, temperature, biological balance, or atmosphere there are severe consequences.

We are now seven billion in number and increasing daily. We are reaching the number where our effect is global and catastrophic.

We are destroying the rainforests.

We are butchering the animals.

We are polluting the land, air and sea.

Oxygen is finite. Mineral resources are finite. Our rainforests are extremely finite.

To be wiped out by a major geological event, a comet, or a solar event would be tragic. To be wiped out because we are slitting our own throats is madness.

It is time we started caring for the rest of life on this planet, protecting the habitats and creatures that live in them, thinking about the long-term effects our numbers are having, and waking up to the fact that we are going to destroy ourselves.

We can live sustainably. It requires intelligence, planning and compassion. The first step is awareness of just what is going on.

Read my book Anthropocene Apocalypse and start the process. We may not have long!

GM – Genetically Modified food – Are we being Luddites? Is it time for us to embrace GM or are there too many uncertainties?

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The question is whether it is the right time to embrace Genetically modified crops and animals and solve all the world’s food problems or are there too many unknowns?

On one hand there are always people who will oppose new ideas on the basis of ‘fear of change’.

On the other hand we have a long history of big corporations (and governments) lying to us so that we don’t know the true story (Nuclear energy and waste disposal is a good example – they even covered up the meltdown in Windscale for fear of upsetting the public even though they knew it would result in many deaths).

I am a Biologist. I am excited by the possibilities that GM opens up. I am also extremely wary of all information put out by the authorities. They spin and manipulate for their own ends.

What is Genetic Modification (GM)?

Science has progressed to the point where we are able to take a gene from one organism and put it into another.

That means we could take the chlorophyll producing gene and introduce it into humans. We would all become green and produce oxygen and sugar when exposed to light. Now that might be a silly idea and have lots of implications. But it is feasible. We could even introduce genes from jelly fish that would make us glow in the dark and cut down road deaths.

There is nothing intrinsically unnatural about this process. I mean – we are not manufacturing ‘new’ genes.

What it means is that any beneficial genes that have evolved in one species could be introduced into another.

That seems extremely useful so far.

The Benefits of GM

1. We could introduce a gene from one plant into another that would give it a defence against crop pests. This would save having to spray it with insecticide. That would prevent pollution and run-off of pesticides into waterways and prevent nearby plants being plastered with pesticides indiscriminately killing off bees and other insects.

2. We could introduce a gene that increased yield. This would result in more produce per acre and less land being needed to grow crops. It would enable us to feed people without encroaching on more wilderness and killing off wild-life and habitat.

3. We could introduce a gene that would enable crops to grow in arid lands. We could grow crops in deserts and not have to use water from rivers to irrigate. This would benefit aquatic wild-life. Fresh water is rapidly becoming a major problem. We have droughts and shortages.

4. We could introduce a herbicide resistance gene that would enable us to spray herbicides and reduce the need for weeding.

5. We could introduce genes that would fix nitrogen and enable plants to be grown in poor soil.

6. It would make farming less labour intensive. There would be less chemicals and less need to spray. This would reduce fossil fuel use.

7. We could introduce genes that would enrich the protein, vitamin and mineral content of food. We could produce crops with omega 3 fish oil. This would make food healthier.

8. We could introduce genes that would produce oil, plastic or other useful chemicals. This would reduce the need to drill or strip mine.

9. We could use the technique to introduce genes into human beings to treat terrible genetic diseases such as Huntingdon’s Chorea, Cystic Fibrosis or Haemophilia.

10. We could introduce genes that would enhance flavour or texture or give other benefits e.g. Golden Rice – a GM variety with a gene that produces Vitamin A (over a million children a year die from lack of Vitamin A – this would save them, their eyesight, and provide numerous other health benefits).

The Case against Genetic Modification (GM).

1. It is not natural. God would not like it.

2. It has been set up by huge multinational companies for profit. They are lying, cheating, unscrupulous and not to be trusted. They have a history of lying, bribing officials, using legal loopholes to flout legislation and spinning the downside. Their only interest is profit. They don’t care about people, health or wild-life.

3. It encourages large-scale farming and monoculture. This would be to the detriment of the small-scale farmer and biodiversity. It would encourage greater mechanisation.

4. There is a health risk from the products of these genes in our foods e.g. the chemicals the plants would produce to provide immunity against pests or as herbicide resistance might be harmful to animals or humans. It would end up in our food.

5. The herbicide tolerance promotes over-spraying with pesticide. The resultant residue on food is a health risk. The run off and airborne spray is a pollutant that would damage the environment.

6. There is a danger of cross-fertilisation and breeding introducing these genes into weeds, animals and plants that we do not want. We end up with weeds being immune to herbicide and get an even bigger problem.

7. There is a risk of transmigration of genes (via virus vectors) from the crops to other organisms. It would create huge resistance problems.

My view for what it is worth.

a. I do not trust multinationals. They have too much money and power. They can circumvent laws.

b. This is not a religious issue. Superstition should not come into it. This is science.

c. I think the transmigration and cross-fertilisation issues need objectively studying to see if there is a danger. I think there won’t be. These genes have been around for millions of years in the host organisms.

d. Likewise with the health issues.

e. I think the benefits outweigh the risks.

What I would like to see happen

1. I would like an independent overseeing body to regulate. They would have the power to look at all aspects and make judgements on global health and environmental basis.

2. I would like lots more research (unhampered by protesters) so that we can ascertain the facts about health risks, cross-fertilisation, transmigration etc.

3. I would like strict regulation, erring on the side of caution, with stiff penalties for transgression. This would create barriers for cross-fertilisation, establish impact on environment and regulate things such as chemical use and spraying.

4. I would like to see GM used wisely for the benefit of humans and everything else on this planet.

For me the production of sufficient food is crucial. We have a population spiralling out of control. We have to feed it. I am for anything that is more efficient so that we are less polluting and encroach on wilderness to a far lesser degree.

I believe, with due regulation and stringent enforcement, that it may be time to embrace GM.

What have I missed out?

What do you think?

Anthropocene Apocalypse – we take for granted the things around us. We won’t miss it until it’s gone.

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We make assumptions that the world around us will remain as it is whatever we do to the life on it. We create Sci-Fi visions of the future in which we continue to live in vast numbers in massive urban conurbations where all other life has been eradicated.

This is not possible.

We breathe in – we breathe out. The oxygen we take in is all produced by green plants. The carbon dioxide we breathe out is converted into sugar, protein and fat by green plants. If we chop down the forests and pollute the oceans so that we poison the algae we are turning off the oxygen tap in the intensive care ward.

Without green plants there will be no oxygen to breathe.

Without green plants the carbon dioxide will build up in the atmosphere creating a runaway greenhouse effect similar to that of Venus where the surface temperature is a staggering 465 degrees Celsius – hot enough to melt metals.

The soil we stand on is made of sand grains and humus. The humus is made up of the dead and decaying remains of living things. They provide the fertility. It takes millions of years to create soil. Rocks have to be slowly eroded. There has to be a succession of organisms. Without living organisms the soil becomes sand and dust that blows away. The great dust storms were created by over-farming, the cutting down of trees.

All over the world the deforestation is leading to soil erosion. There are no roots to hold it. It is being washed away into the oceans.

It cannot be replaced.

The water we drink is replenished through a cycle that is created by climate and weather. When the climate changes the weather patterns change. The Sahara used to be a fertile forest. Now it is an arid wasteland of shifting sand.

Global warming, created by fossil fuels, will alter climate and create deserts out of fertile land. It will create flooding in other places. It will fuel huge violent storms, tornadoes and hurricanes due to the energy that it contains. Sea levels will rise.

The effects will be devastating.

‘You don’t know what you’ve got til its gone’ To quote Joni Mitchell.

It is time we:

1. Limit our numbers.

2. Sustain the wilderness – 50% for wilderness – 50% for us

3. Cut back our pollution

4. Cease all deforestation

5. Conserve our diminishing wild-life

6. Reduce our carbon output

The pace of destruction is relentless and growing at a frightening speed.

We need to value what we’ve got before we destroy our children’s legacy!

Fracking – the debate.

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The case for:

There are huge amounts of gas and oil under our land that can now be extracted.

This oil and gas will secure our supplies. We will no longer be dependent on Russia for our supplies. We will no longer be putting money into Russia. We will no longer be able to be held to ransom.

It will reduce the energy bills for all British households. We will get cheap gas and oil.

It will stimulate our economy and make the country wealthier and help pay off our debts.

It will create a number of jobs.

The case against:

It will use huge amounts of water that we do not have. Already our waterways are under threat due to the extraction of water to replenish reservoirs. This threatens wild-life.

It will produce huge amounts of contaminated water that we have no way of dealing with.

It uses chemicals that are polluting and nasty – a health risk for us and wild-life.

It could contaminate our aquifers and drinking water.

It could produce instability leading to earthquakes.

It would increase the use of gas and oil which produce carbon dioxide which is responsible for climate change at a time when we should be reducing our use.

It will take the money away from green energy projects which are safer, cleaner and do not pollute or create climate change.

Well that’s about it. What do you think?