27th September 1962 was the day that Rachel Carson’s book Silent Spring was published. It documented the adverse environmental effects caused by the indiscriminate use of pesticides. Carson accused the chemical industry of spreading disinformation, and public officials of accepting the industry’s marketing claims unquestioningly. Since then, things have undoubtedly become worse for the environment. Governments are in the pockets of large corporations. The tail is wagging the dog. Disinformation and profit at all cost is King.
Yes there are small pockets of environmentalist minded people, organic farmers and the like who strive to do the right thing for our planet. BUT most individuals and governments alike turn a blind eye because to do otherwise would affect companies profit margins, drive down share prices, countries economies and our (in the western nations) comfortable lifestyles. But at what cost?
The scientists at the U.N. tell us we have 11 years left to make the changes needed to prevent the planet heating past it’s tipping point. The climate, weather, temperature of this planet we call Earth is regulated by the ice-caps and by ocean currents. Once the ice has melted, it’s game over. The temperature rise will be rapid and without control and it is projected to rise beyond 60 degrees C….some scientists say beyond 80 degrees C. Meat will cook at 50 degrees. Think about that for a moment.
Others claim we have less time than that to make the rapid changes we need to make to survive….even as little as three years. YET, turn on the TV and we are still being bombarded with advertisements to buy, buy , buy. Keep that consumerism wheel turning like the hamsters in a cage that we are! Gotta have the latest gadget. New and improved. Chuck the old one in the landfill.
The project of promoting maximum economic growth is the most vulgar ideal ever put before suffering humankind. And yet we have taken it on board totally. Because it’s easier than fighting it.
I find it strange that there is a multi-nationally funded study in place to scan the universe to check for possible earth bound asteroids that may impact the earth creating conditions for extinction – something that could happen in the time that you could snap of your fingers. Whoosh, boom and goodnight!
At the same time we are, and have been it seems, quite happy to allow the slow creation of the same extinction environment over the last few decades. We have one decade left – if we are lucky – to prevent this……so why are companies and governments still pushing the growth economy and consumerism? And why are we following blindly along? For fucks sake wake up! Look around you at all your “stuff” – the products of the throw away/disposable society. It’s all unnecessary rubbish. You don’t actually need it. The products made these days are made to break down after a certain time frame so you have to buy new ones, updated ones – so we simply throw the old ones away. But there is no AWAY. It all stays here….polluting the planet.
Meantime, the banks give us loans and credit cards – those magical square bits of plastic – that mean we can buy more and more stuff today and worry about actually paying for them tomorrow, or next year….add mortgages that run for 30 years, an economy that favours the rich and pushes down the poor, and we are totally trapped and in debt to the system. 99% of us are slaving away to pay for the profits and lifestyle of the 1% at the top of the food chain, wrecking the environment and creating extinction conditions in the process. Oh well done Human Race….great way to show our intellectual superiority.
We seem prepared to trade our lives and the lives of all species on the planet for something that is an artifice – money and the economy are simply a cunning trick, falsehoods. They are like the emperors new clothes – they don’t exist – don’t really have a real value. We can live without them…we used to live without them for thousands of years. We can’t however live without clean air, clean water or healthy soil to grow our food – FACT!
The kids know this, but us dumb adults who run things – and ruin things – are still following blindly on because we can’t turn away from “progress”. How the hell can we call what we are doing to the planet…what we are inflicting on the planet and everything on it “PROGRESS?” It’s the kids who will suffer the most. Your children, your grand children will look at you when it’s all too late and ask “why didn’t you do something to stop this madness?” Are you prepared for that? Will you accept responsibility for your complacency? Will you be able to look them in the eye and honestly say “I did everything that I could”?????
27th September 2019 – the 57th anniversary of Carson’s book is the day that the kids want us to join them in a world wide general strike. A bid to force corporations and governments to listen to them…and to us….and to make them realise that change is needed NOW. Follow the link here for details https://www.earth-strike.com/
Do something to make your kids and grand-kids proud of you. Rise up. Join in the protest. Protest to Survive. For the sake of the planet, for your sake and for theirs.
Please watch this video of 16 year old Swedish school-girl Greta Thunberg’s emotional plea to the politicians. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FWsM9-_zrKo