Posted on January 10th, 2011
Our survival will require a vast and dramatic shift in how human civilization generates and uses energy. So our friends over at New Energy Movement said, and we agree!
What makes us stronger is our shared or common humanity.
It defines us as more than our beliefs, our individuality, our individual communities, or races.
It defines us as a civilization.
What spark of intelligence compels a civilization to destroy it’s lifelines and place of rest?
The MDGs! What’s crucial now? How to move forward…
A nuclear free world… The fact that nukes continue to exist 65 years after they were used indiscriminately, killing and maiming hundreds of thousands of humans simultaneously, demonstrates diametric opposition and suspicion around the world, a xenophobia that will never face or cope with the major global challenges of our time unless there is a fundamental change in the global consciousness.
Ending World Poverty by 2015… A great and noble goal! Hard to believe possible! How can one experience the end of hunger when life conditions all around us are hellish?
You don’t have to be a genius to understand the pulse of our Earth, our world, our civilization, affects us all.
On the whole, how is civilization planning to manage the problems of climate change, rising demand for energy, pollution of our oceans, and the water crisis?
With regard to the accountable responsible parties, many are so caught up in defending their small differences, they can’t, or no longer care to see the seriousness of the larger reality going on around them. They can’t see beyond the end of their own noses.
Since time immemorial the Earth has sustained human life. It asked for nothing in return. The wise always returned reverence and respect.
In the past 229 years, since the invention of the “Sun and Planet Gear”1, made possible the move in America from the Conestoga wagon and sailing ship to the locomotive and steamship. The world dependence on Ox, horse, camel, and elephant among other pack animals and humans diminished.
Every aspect of human existence has since then moved faster and faster toward it’s own ends.
Could it be man has become so puffed up and conceited with his genius and creative talents, that he imagines himself invulnerable?
In looking at the fortunes of our current civilization I see constant reminders of abundance, with momentary regard for the less familiar. Some declare it amounts to blindness caused by momentary sense gratification, or man as drunken monkey.
Realistic planning… If we are planning to enjoy our time leaving behind a world fit for our heirs, perhaps uncontrolled diversity needs to be understood as possible dangerous waste of natural resources, destruction of environment, and contributor to community disorder.
The beginnings of a wonderful vision; of a blueprint of what’s necessary on the human level, to make a successful transition to a sustainable world where humanity exists is explained in the following video.
The Empathic Civilization
What follows are more of the real dangers we are faced with, right now, as seen through the eyes of those that witness.
Sailing the Great Pacific Garbage Patch
Capt. Charles Moore of the Algalita Marine Research Foundation first discovered the Great Pacific Garbage Patch — an endless floating waste of plastic trash. Now he’s drawing attention to the growing, choking problem of plastic debris in our seas.
Others bear similar reports …
The Great Pacific Ocean Garbage Patch
The United Nation’s Reports…
Guide to The Millennium Assessment Report PDF
The Millennium Ecosystem Report PDF
Ecosystems and Human Well-Being desertification synthesis PDF
Ecosystems and Human Well-Being biodiversity synthesis PDF
Global Glacial Changes: Facts and Figures PDF
Ecosystems and Human Well-Being Wetlands and Water synthesis PDF
We see a lot of gatherings to discuss these issues end in feckless result, hopefully no one sees these gatherings as reason for an expensive high tea at tax payer expense.
The Millennium Development Goals are, End Hunger, Universal Education, Gender Equality, Child Health, Maternal Health, Combat HIV/AIDS, Environmental Sustainability, and Global Partnership.
These things directly address the daily needs of the individual, the fortune of our time dictates they are needed to guarantee the happiness of all. Within each, the human need is evident to the seeking eye.
Considering that 2010 is the hottest year in recorded history, I appeal to the greenhouse nay sayers, “give it up”. For the rest of us, don’t depend on government for solutions, although sincere support should be expected.
“Many people in many minds accomplish nothing great” – Buddha… Looking at campaigns from the perspectives of war and peace resource distribution practices… The concerted efforts, resources, and finance of war invests in a single minded goal or determination, whereas the finance of peace is built on diversity.
It’s time to draw the line, say ‘no more’, and ask what must be done to preserve our species?
Every time a bottle of water is bought, are we not saying we are willing to be held for ransom for the right to exist? That is a terribly dangerous precedent to set.
for more about the impact of bottled water, the award winning movie Tapped!
Tapped – Trailer
Guyton’s Textbook of Medical Physiology states that “the total amount of water in a man of average weight (70 kilograms) is approximately 40 liters, averaging 57 percent of his total body weight. In a newborn infant, this may be as high as 75 percent of the body weight, but it progressively decreases from birth to old age, most of the decrease occurring during the first 10 years of life. Also, obesity decreases the percentage of water in the body, sometimes to as low as 45 percent”23
These figures are statistical averages, so are illustrative, and like all bio statistics, will vary with things like type of population, age and number of people sampled, and methodology. So there is not, and cannot be, a figure that is exactly the same for all people, for this or any other physiological measure. For example, Jackson’s (1985) Anatomy & Physiology for Nurses gives a figure of 60% for the proportion of body-weight attributable to water, which approximates Guyton’s 57%.4
There are certain things since time immemorial, freely given by nature to sustain life on this Earth. It is tyranny to conditionally restrict these elements, or assume the right to abuse them for any reason.
I am one among many firmly supporting the inviolate right of every human to the waters of life. We call for it’s inclusion in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
Man has never before been forced to pay for air or water. They are basic to human existence.
Consider current flow problems, “An astonishingly wide-ranging film about an informed and heartfelt examination of the tug of war between public health and private interests.”
– New York Times
I recommend it!
Our coming water crisis…
FLOW – For love of water
An Oscilloscope Laboratories presentation from tge | the group entertainment of the Steven Starr Production in association with The Group Entertainment
- Wikipedia Sun and planet gear http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sun_and_planet_gear ↩
- Guyton, Arthur C. (1976). Textbook of Medical Physiology (5th ed.). Philadelphia: W.B. Saunders. p. 424. ISBN 0-7216-4393-0 ↩
- Guyton, Arthur C. (1991). Textbook of Medical Physiology (8th ed.). Philadelphia: W.B. Saunders. p. 274. ISBN 0-7216-3994-1 ↩
- a b Jackson, Sheila (1985). Anatomy & Physiology for Nurses. Nurses’ Aids Series (9th ed.). London: Bailliere Tindall. ISBN 0-7020-0737-4 ↩