I liked this one – Greta and Donald – Time and Time’s Up

A Life On Our Planet – David Attenborough

A Life On Our Planet – David Attenborough

I’m reading this incredible biography of David Attenborough.  It shows us just how much we have lost and how much more we are going to lose if we do not act.

For any deniers it should be compulsory reading.

YearWorld populationCarbon in the atmosphere in parts per millionRemaining wilderness
19372.3 billion28066%
19542.7 billion31064%
19603 billion31562%
19683.5 billion32359%
19713.7 billion32658%
19784.3 billion33555%
19895.1 billion35349%
19975.9 billion36046%
20207.8 billion41535%

It is incredible to reflect back to times in the past and read records. Life on the planet was plentiful. What we now have are the vestiges of what was once around. We have destroyed the bulk of it.

The incredibly complex web of life is being systematically taken apart. Aspects are so interwoven and specialized, having taken millions of years to develop, that there comes a point where it all just fails.

When that happens soil becomes sterile, oceans stagnant, oxygen not replenished, climate changes and life on the planet is no longer possible – at least not as we would recognize it.

The bacteria would survive.

It would have to start all over again.

Trump and the Degrading of America

I was reading (and agreeing) with this article written in the Guardian.

It seems to me that Trump is really nothing more that the expression of a vile attitude that has manifested itself in American culture over a long time. It is prevalent in a lot of Right Wing thinking – in the overt racism, the focus on individual rights and freedoms, evangelical Christianity and the right to bear arms. It is a way of thinking that resents all government and taxes and promotes a macho, winner takes all, mentality.

It found expression in the Tea Party with the likes of Sarah Palin, with its emphasis on small government and reduced taxes and reduction in spending on education, welfare and health care.. Then went on to produce a change in the Republican Party, a lurch to the right, and set up a populist agenda propelled by a fear of Muslim terrorism and mass immigration.

Trump, being a canny conman, tapped into this ideology, bigged it up and propelled himself into power.

Since then he has pandered to the populist agenda with his walls to keep immigrants out, harsh treatment of immigrants, support of evangelical policies, support of the National Rifle Association, banning of Muslims, support for far-right militia and white supremacists. He claims to ‘Put America First’ with his ‘Make America Great Again’ mantra while lining his own pockets, evading taxes and deploying overt cronyism and nepotism. His racist, misogynistic and crass comments have been not only forgiven but condoned as straight-talking free speech.

For me that brings shame on all who condone such behaviour.

In his attempt to put the economy above all else, putting profit and cash before people and the planet, he has denied climate change, disbanded scientific monitoring and pulled out of environmental agreements – such as the Paris Accord. He has reduced environmental constraints, opened up areas for exploitation, promoted fossil fuels, reduced environmental and health standards, reduced workers’ rights and sucked up to foreign despots.

All of which has been forgiven and even praised by his loyal following. They have accepted that the global warming is a hoax, environmental standards are unnecessary and that it is the American way to accept risks to life and limb.

They don’t care where the profits are going (usually off-shore into tax evading accounts) as long as they have jobs.

He reduced taxes (a short-term strategy to boost the economy with long-term consequences) and his supporters cheered. So the wealthy (including Trump) became a lot wealthier at the expense of the poor, welfare, education, infrastructure and health.

He claimed there was a ‘Deep State’ conspiracy involving Washington politicians and Hollywood stars that he was actively fighting. It was full of corruption, paedophiles and worse – and only he could drain the swamp.

The irony was that he was busy creating his own swamp of lies, corruption and sleaze.

His latest ploy is to deny the results of the election, claim there was widespread fraud and that he won the election. It has netted him over half a billion Dollars.

The sad thing is that, despite his continual lying, a majority of his fanatical supporters buy in to his lies. He has brought shame on America and undermined the whole democratic process.

This is what the Guardian had to say:

‘Trump has brought impunity to the highest office in the land, wielding a wrecking ball to the most precious windowpane of all – American democracy.’

‘The message? A president can obstruct special counsels’ investigations of his wrongdoing, push foreign officials to dig up dirt on political rivals, fire inspectors general who find corruption, order the entire executive branch to refuse congressional subpoenas, flood the Internet with fake information about his opponents, refuse to release his tax returns, accuse the press of being “fake media” and “enemies of the people”, and make money off his presidency.’

‘And he can get away with it. Almost half of the electorate will even vote for his reelection.’

Americans’ acceptance of Trump’s behavior will be his vilest legacy | Donald Trump | The Guardian

The Environment – little things can make a huge difference.

This is a hedge that has been recently flayed.

This is what it would have been like if it hadn’t been flayed – full of lush red berries for birds and animals to eat.

It doesn’t cost money or take a huge effort. If we left more of our hedgerows and verges to grow they would provide seed, fruit and shelter for wildlife.

Poetry – Hardly Started

Hardly Started

We’ve hardly started

Yet we’re already near the end.

In no time at all

We’ve overrun the planet

With numbers out of control

We’re setting a vile trend.

We’ve set the world alight

And are continuing to fan it.

Opher – 4.11.2020

It looks like we could take ourselves out. We are a new species with a spectacular rise in numbers. We think we are so clever we set ourselves apart from all other life, put ourselves on a pedestal.

We’re in danger of knocking ourselves off (and take everything else with us).

When more intelligent creatures, in some future time, come to look at our legacy, they’ll find a layer of rock rich with our bones along with a dearth of other forms of life. We will have killed them all off.

They will see humans as just another monkey.

Our arrogance and greed will be our downfall.