"How could I look my (children) grandchildren in the eye and say I did nothing"? asks David Attenborough. Experts predicting temperature rises throughout the century, entire ecosystems could be lost, and floods threaten. Attenborough speculates on these consequences of global warming and what we can do to avert them. Unsurprisingly, the onus is on all of us in the West to reduce our energy use.
The carbon footprint of the average American is twice that of the average Brit. Mine is just below average for a person living in Britain. I must do much more to lower this even further, then I will hopefully be able to look the children in the eye in the future! Will you be able to do this? Their world has already been messed up, how can we lessen the effects? The ‘tipping points of climate change’ are put forward with scariness in this documentary by BBC 1 ‘Can We Save Planet Earth’?
If one of the tipping points of climate change has been reached, such as, the full scale melting of the ice caps I calculate that within 40 years many countries due to sea levels rising will be very different, civilisation as we know it now could only have 80 years to go : London will be well underwater by that time. Then combine the drying up and resulting death of the rain forests, which could mean the end of all life on Earth within a 150 years.
I think that we do have to plan for the worst i.e., anything else is better, type of philosophy.
Humankind will not do this, especially as the largest and most powerful polluter is America. The leaders that are in power now, are far more interested in spreading the rhetoric of exaggerated fears, because this is a naturally popular (due to the human condition) and burying their heads with warmongering the UK. Then others are dragged along, combined with this is a preposterous fascination with superstition, this is, then, a recipe for the neglecting of reality for promoting any quick changes of public attitudes.
See, Preposterous – Judaism – Christianity – Catholicism on the blog. Also, Primitive Man and Spontaneity. So little spontaneity will be forthcoming with eyes ‘glazed over’ by the "opium of the masses"! It may be too late to save planet earth, how pathetic a species we are, with our short little blip of ego and self consciousness (only 150,000yrs approx) in the evolutionary timescale of 4.5 billion years. Some proof for what I have been saying is in the facts.
Can We Save Planet Earth? David Attenborough, 29 blogs containing those words on www.blogsearch.google.com The most important TV documentary about our own survival and so far to date – how pathetic and idiotic is our species.
Those in power think as usual that they will be there forever. By mistakes of judgement, even if not entirely of their own, they will be surpassed very promptly by some popularist uprising. This is also why they are scared and so busy trying to limit personal freedom and to tie us to a tax paying working treadmill (tax, just lower than the onset of desperation). Trying to prolong their own dying breaths. So many are now asking "Who are the real Terrorists"? in all countries, including those of some of the Right Wing in America.
"To have a society of labourers, it is of course, not necessary that every member actually be a labourer or worker, not even emancipation of the working class and its enormous potential power, which majority rule accords to is decisive here, but only that all members consider whatever they do primarily as a way to sustain their own lives and those of their families". Hannah Arendt, ‘The Human Condition’.
Work till you drop – very silly, it belongs to the present worldview and the philosophy put forward by an ignorant, hysterical, Victorianism – ethos’s, brainwashed politicians and thinking, so controlling that they think they can turn men virtuous by rhetoric. The individual must choose what to do within their own particular social ‘arena’ of personal responsibility, as is mentioned above. There is no social formula except to maintain one of your own.
Calculate your carbon footprint on BP’s oil web site for free.
Link, in a past blog called Carbon Trail or Carbon Footprint.
Also see, ‘The Fraudulent Promise’ on the blog. The West’s false promise to the Third World that we are still breaking so unbelievably badly, especially so: when we now have ‘all the means available’ to solve the problem.