Reclusive Duck Woman. Artist. Writer. GR Refugee.
"Many people instinctively feel that small creatures like we humans cannot really have any serious impact on a very big object like the planet. But if you doubt the scale of the enterprise that human society is currently involved in, go and stand by the side of a busy motorway, and then look up at the sky. Remember that the breathable atmosphere extends a mere 7,000 meters above your head. Then think of how many other motorways there now are criss-crossing the globe, from Bangkok to Berlin, each chock-full of cars and trucks, with each vehicle's exhaust pipe continually exhaling its deadly brew of carbon dioxide and other gases. Remember too to add in all the power stations, the aircraft, the home boilers and the gas fires, and remember that this situation goes on day and night, 24/7 across the whole of the globe.
Better still, look at a satellite composite photo of the Earth at night, see each continent lit up by a tangled spider's web of cities, and marvel at the visual totality of this plethora of continual human energy consumption, 80 per cent of which is based on burning fossil fuels."
Climate change still seems to be a dirty word. No one wants to talk about it. It's easier to believe in 2012 doomsday theories--earthquakes and little men arriving on our planet in spaceships--than it is to accept what science now shows us. This is all very convenient for the powers that be, after all, there's nothing so important as business as usual. Why, even the melting of the Arctic sea ice can be seen in a positive light, opening the way for further discoveries of fossil fuels. And aren't we all delighted that our governments have been hand in glove with the oil barons for so long? Not only are we hurtling along towards a balmy, ice-cap free planet, but any alternative energy innovations, that we might have made in previous decades, failed to eventuate, due to withholding of funding. Yes, the oil men paid the governments not to fund alternative energy, making it very hard to break our present dependence. Never mind that we've hit peak oil anyway. They're going to milk everything from it as they go down, dragging us with them.
If we leave this to our politicians, we're all rooted.