Wednesday, February 07, 2007

"The most common words I hear spoken by any environmentalists anywhere are, 'We're fucked'."

That slight clatter in the background is the sound of deckchairs being rearranged:

1. Independent, Feb. 7th 2007:

EU bows to car lobby on pollution limits

If you hear a series of loud booms, don't panic:

2. BBC, Feb. 7th 2007:

Booming India expects 9.2% growth

There is plenty of room on the lifeboat for first-class passengers:

3. BBC, Feb. 6th 2007:

Climate change 'affecting' China

At least 300,000 people in north-west China are short of drinking water because of unseasonably warm weather, which officials link to climate change. Parts of Shaanxi province face drought after January saw as little as 10% of average rainfall, state media say.


Cocktails are now being served in the VIP lounge:

4. LA Times, Feb. 5th 2007:

To stabilize atmospheric levels of carbon dioxide — the primary contributor to global warming — CO2 emissions would have to drop 70% to 80%, said Richard Somerville, a theoretical meteorologist at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography in La Jolla. Such a reduction would bring emissions into equilibrium with the planet's ability to absorb carbon dioxide. The last time the planet was in balance was more than 150 years ago, before the widespread use of coal and steam engines.

What would it take to bring that kind of reduction?

"All truck, all trains, all airplanes, cars, motorcycles and boats in the United States — that's 7.3% of global emissions," said Gregg Marland, a fossil fuel pollution expert at Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee. Closing all fossil-fuel-powered electricity plants worldwide and replacing them with windmills, solar panels and nuclear power plants would make a serious dent — a 39% reduction globally, Marland said. His calculation doesn't include all the fossil fuels that would have to be burned to build the greener facilities, though. [...]


I'll have a quadruple Chivas, please. Yes, on the rocks.


* The post heading is a recent quote from Derrick Jensen.

4 comments:

  1. abbass11:53 AM

    i must agree with the title. in a few decades (or years, more probably) when the planet's population is 10-12 bio people, our collective farts will be enough to exacerbate the greenhouse effect.. seriously..

    i think the most radical action people on this planet must take is to vow not to procreate and keep to that vow.

    the more people living, the more energy spent, the more waste created, etc.

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  2. warszawa1:24 PM

    "our collective farts will be enough to exacerbate the greenhouse effect.. seriously.."

    Wouldn't surprise me - after all, there are already nearly 7 billion of us.

    I always felt that those methane-emitting cattle were being unfairly singled out. Anyone would think humanity was airtight.

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  3. One problem is that we, the great consumers, should do nothing because the uncontrollably fecund will, in serving and emulating us, be the 'real problem'.

    What happened to making a principled stand, setting an example to the ignorants?

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  4. The link between Mind and Social / Environmental-Issues.

    The fast-paced, consumerist lifestyle of Industrial Society is causing exponential rise in psychological problems besides destroying the environment. All issues are interlinked. Our Minds cannot be peaceful when attention-spans are down to nanoseconds, microseconds and milliseconds. Our Minds cannot be peaceful if we destroy Nature.

    Industrial Society Destroys Mind and Environment.

    Subject : In a fast society slow emotions become extinct.
    Subject : A thinking mind cannot feel.
    Subject : Scientific/ Industrial/ Financial thinking destroys the planet.
    Subject : Environment can never be saved as long as cities exist.


    Emotion is what we experience during gaps in our thinking.

    If there are no gaps there is no emotion.

    Today people are thinking all the time and are mistaking thought (words/ language) for emotion.


    When society switches-over from physical work (agriculture) to mental work (scientific/ industrial/ financial/ fast visuals/ fast words ) the speed of thinking keeps on accelerating and the gaps between thinking go on decreasing.

    There comes a time when there are almost no gaps.

    People become incapable of experiencing/ tolerating gaps.

    Emotion ends.

    Man becomes machine.



    A society that speeds up mentally experiences every mental slowing-down as Depression / Anxiety.

    A ( travelling )society that speeds up physically experiences every physical slowing-down as Depression / Anxiety.

    A society that entertains itself daily experiences every non-entertaining moment as Depression / Anxiety.



    FAST VISUALS /WORDS MAKE SLOW EMOTIONS EXTINCT.

    SCIENTIFIC /INDUSTRIAL /FINANCIAL THINKING DESTROYS EMOTIONAL CIRCUITS.

    A FAST (LARGE) SOCIETY CANNOT FEEL PAIN / REMORSE / EMPATHY.

    A FAST (LARGE) SOCIETY WILL ALWAYS BE CRUEL TO ANIMALS/ TREES/ AIR/ WATER/ LAND AND TO ITSELF.


    To read the complete article please follow either of these links :

    PlanetSave

    EarthNewsWire

    sushil_yadav

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