all know the ocean liner Titanic glanced off an iceberg very late in the
evening of April 14th, 1912 and then took two and a half hours to finally
but irrevocably sink to the bottom of the Atlantic ocean, resulting
in a large loss of human life. The great ship of human civilization
has also been involved in a collision, but this one is head on with
a living "iceberg", this planet's life sustaining biosphere.
Like those passengers on the Titanic who realized the terrifying truth
of their dire predicament, some of human civilization is aware of the
awful truth, that we are now well into inducing what appears to be an
immanent ecological biosphere collapse. It will be as devastating as
the fatal plunge into the cold icy North Atlantic water was to passengers
not fortunate enough to make it into Titanic's lifeboats.
collective of human life on this cosmic planet has commenced the slow
but inevitable slide into the dark underside of existence, a direct
consequence of a careless arrogant mercantile formulation of planetary
life. In the Titanic's case one third of the passengers on board were
able to take to lifeboats and endure exposure to the cold North Atlantic
ocean. Our little planet has its own life saving boat - human awareness
and the potential for responsible actions.
some of us do withstand the impending planetary ecological meltdown
it will be because we took decisive measures to alter what can only
be perceived as a prescription for life that was carelessly and haphazardly
conceived. We have created a world of fast paced progress that gives
little thought or concern to the underlying responsibilities and realities
involved in always maintaining and taking care of life sustaining planetary
The builders of the Titanic perhaps dreamt, after the tragedy, of going
back and redesigning its basic structures; they might have included
a double hull hoping the outcome would be different. However, like them,
we simply can not go back to correct fundamental existing flaws in our
living systems. We can however recognize that they do in fact exist
and embark upon responsible actions.
At the end of the nineteenth century it was predicted that the continued
burning of fossil fuel would ultimately lead to serious global warming
problems. The novice science of that time thought that it would take
several thousand years for the green house effect to eventually manifest
and become a genuine threat to human civilization.
It would now appear that there were some important elements missed in
those early scientific calculations. The phenomenal human population
explosion mushrooming out of control over the past fifty years, along
with the incredible growth in our industrial appetite, has lead to the
planet's biosphere warming up more quickly and steadily in direct response
to fossil fuel powered human activities.
Throughout humanities history the aggressive mercantile thinking stream
we have bred and nurtured into being, has literally been concerned with
only one thing in mind; how to cut away, rip out, kill by clipping or
sawing, drill and mine, or scoop up. As well we have willfully crudely
drag netted the oceans bare; purposely slaughtering most wild organic
cosmic matter that we humans have found alive. In essence the removal
and reworking of primordial cosmic matter to generate societal profits.
This primitive immature formula for existence concocted to enrich what
can only be described as a throw away disposable material life.
the past one hundred and fifty years we human beings have been in the
process of bartering away our planetary biosphere life sustaining system
for industrialized materialism. The awful truth is, this manufactured
wealth is ultimately discarded into local landfills. As we daily fill
up our refuse dumps with this discarded material affluence we are in
the process of carelessly throwing away the potential that exists on
this planet for an endlessly sustainable planetary life stream.
should expect and receive much more from ourselves, from our intelligence,
our ingenuity and resourcefulness. We should expect a civilization that
engenders planetary honor, one that it is a privilege to be born into.
Certainly not one that only thinks about and constantly chases the profit
motive out to the point of carelessly destroying the planet's biosphere
in a mad insane chase for material advancement.
The awful truth is this, all of our cultural upbringing, our educational
and even our religious systems of belief, have literally paved the way
for an overwhelming endorsement and acceptance of the violent aggressive
tone of our lives, and the industrially driven material obsessed formulation
we have forced onto our ill conceived badly warped intellectualized
reality of living life on the planet.
We are seldom if ever encouraged to think outside of the collective
material obsessive norm. To question if the driving intentions of a
blindly driven industrialized motivated civilization could ever provide
a decent on going planet wide life enriching environment that was morally
and ethically worthy, and most important inherently responsible. To
also question if our industrialized impetus and driving motivations
would ensure that everything alive and living on this planet is carefully
safeguarded from willful industrialized abuse and permitted a safe non-threatened
life stream integrity that is endlessly supportable and sustainable.
Does humanity consider it a responsible and worthy action on cosmically
sentient life's behalf, to literally pollute into destruction the planet's
biosphere reality. This intrinsic cosmic manifestation that took literally
millions upon millions of cosmic years to fully resolve and make perfect
is literally frittered away for an incredibly fast paced industrially
driven human juggernaut, a fossil fuel powered blind and unaware force
of crude cut and thrust with a coarse brutish mechanized appetite. This
uncaring, careless energy, a tidal wave of seemingly never ending development
with a perpetually addicted need for non-stop expansion and continual
destructive growth inflicts itself on all reality.
the sheer act of living on this planet we all accumulate unseen baggage,
known today as our carbon foot prints. The awful truth is, almost everything
we do requires the use of ancient fossil fuels - from the production
and transportation of our food supply, to our many and varied industrial
processes, to heating or cooling homes or office buildings, lighting
in the evening, driving automobiles or trucks, traveling by airplane
- simply living a life produces carbon gas. In truth even the simple
act of breathing in and out contributes to a personal carbon foot print
as we all exhale carbon dioxide.
Human development is now faced with some very tough choices. The awful
truth is, either we drastically reduce our entire population base through
a process of carefully planned attrition, thus allowing those who are
left to carry on using fossil fuels but with drastically reduced human
numbers. Or we try to curb and work towards ending the use of fossil
fuels, so that the burgeoning seven thousand million of us might survive
in a long term equitably sustainable manner.
The ideal solution might lie in attempting to do both. Acknowledge the
impact we have on the environment as a grossly overpopulated species
and reducing our numbers down to a more appropriate ratio for this planet.
At the same time drastically limiting and eventually eliminating our
continual dependence on these ancient fuels. The awful truth is, there
are simply too many of us on this tiny planet to permit a fossil fuel
supported infrastructure to continue on like it has. Seriously curbing
human population growth would help reduce the overall collective effect
we are having on planetary biosphere realities.
Humanities continuing use of ancient fuels has unfortunately instigated
an awful planetary climatic reality, that is provoking a cancerous like
assault on our life supporting biosphere, as surely as tobacco smoking
induces lung and other cancers in many human bodies. This human manufactured
industrially forced fossil fuel epoch should certainly relinquish its
tight reign on our lives and give it over to a new cleaner renewable
green energy reality. To do this societies should, as we tend to do
during a war, go into a tightly knit mode of survival, by doing what
is best for the collective of humanity. In my mind we must begin to
think of the fossil fuel powered ways of doing things as literally unwanted
and an unwelcome presence. The same way most of us now view tobacco
smoking - it is no longer socially acceptable by a majority of the public
The awful truth is this, failure to act quickly literally means the
immanent death of future birth, an inter-generational genocide manifesting
on this cosmic oasis. There is literally no where for us to go even
in our own near by solar system. If we as a sentient civilization actually
wish to survive and live long term on this lonely little lifeboat of
a planet, we should immediately cease burning all coal or palletized
peat for electrical power production and for all of our industrial processes.
Oil or natural gas burning should be phased out, as well as gasoline
kerosene or diesel fuel.
What exactly would switching over to fully renewable energy entail?
What if we were to enter into an energy regime change, dedicated to
simply stop the burning of all fossil fuels. Each one of us would have
to embrace a complete change of mind set on the nature of global existence;
a redefinition of daily life and an overhaul of present values that
are based on an excessive material joy ride that in its process simply
forgot to connect the dots between our fossil fuel powered actions and
eventual disastrous planetary consequences.
Ironically, we currently have the means and ways to replace much of
the old style fossil fuel supported infrastructure. What is required
more than anything is aggressive knowledgeable leadership to give this
new green world epoch the nod and push to manifest itself into a cogent
formalized reality. Current mainstream government thinking pushes hard
for more large scale nuclear power generation to try and maintain the
old guard status quo lifestyles. Governments and large scale industry
have a symbiotic relationship and always walk together hand in hand.
The awful truth is, changing over to alternative green renewable sources
of energy will not be made without difficult and painful birthing problems.
As it turns out it is much easier to conserve and not require energy
than to try and produce it. Extremely tough monitored conservation measures
should be our first behavioral transformation. The general attitude
we have towards energy conservation is a mild one; of course everyone
is willing to conserve, the very idea sounds logical, just as long as
it does not interfere with the present day life style.
And here lies the fundamental problem. Intellectually we know what we
have to do. Technically we have the ability to do it. But it is physically
and mentally difficult to make it an every day part of living one's
personal life. It is not easy to change habits, we struggle with them
ourselves. Morning showers should be no more than one to two minutes
long using luke warm water. Heating hot tubs and swimming pools must
be done by solar methods. Turn
off lights and electrically powered equipment when not in use. Avoid
phantom electrical loads by using power bar switches. Take reusable
shopping bags to all stores. Live close to where you work. Live without
air-conditioning and limit your demand for a cozy level of winter heating.
Air dry clothes. Convert to a manual dishwasher, yourself. Support local
farmers and producers by eating as much locally grown and produced food
You should think before using gasoline or diesel powered vehicles, and
when you do, as you will, try and limit their use as much as possible.
Think about every trip, is it absolutely necessary or merely a "Sunday
drive." Reduce or eliminate your consumption of meat; pound for
pound, meat verses aviation kerosene, meat is a much worse green house
gas offender than air travel. It would be smarter to support local sporting
and entertainment events rather than commercial or olympic events where
teams, performers and spectators have jetted in for the day. One should
not be traveling by jet airplane; given time flying by jet will be considered
among the greatest crimes of our time.
The incredibly awful truth is this, it requires a lot of thought and
endless perseverance to alter societal taught biosphere damaging behaviors.
dreadful collective historical record of careless attitudes, lack of
will, and our inability to believe in the possibility of actually creating
a full sustainable green world realm holds us back. Our species must
learn to accept the fact that long term sustainability is well within
the limits of our own imagining and in truth is humanities ultimate
It is my belief that we should be forming an all encompassing planet
wide fossil fuel regulatory body, a recognized international organization
that would decide upon and implement a plan for country binding, sustainable
planetary codes of ethics and regulations. A body that sets and carefully
regulates all future emission guidelines and provides rules and procedures
for countries to follow towards the eventual eradication of fossil fuels.
An international body to shepherd and guide the change over to a renewable
green energy. One that provides guidance and acts as a controlling planetary
mechanism. Countries who choose not to participate would be thought
of as a planetary pariahs and would have their foreign trade trickle
to a complete halt.
This regulatory body would also be charged with making decisions on
exactly what industry is allowed to design and manufacture. So much
of the production of material goods if examined on the grounds of being
a necessity for our species survival, would fail to pass. A great deal
of the world's present fossil fuel energy is simply wasted on producing
frivolous unnecessary but marketable items. Human industry without controls
has craftily created the perfect loop, designed to keep consumers continually
on an endless treadmill with items purposefully produced with rapid
obsolesce in mind.
Digital equipment (computers, cameras, communication devices) just one tiny example, should be conceived of through careful design to accept upgrades as technology develops, and not craftily designed to be quickly cast aside and abandoned to the nearest rubbish heap when the latest model arrives. Our civilization suffers badly from gluttonous energy intensive industrial over production. The automobile manufacturing sector alone usurps enormous amounts of biosphere harming energy and the products are themselves very pollution emissive. Do we really need such a voracious waste of energy squandered on producing countless makes and models of ultimately pollution prone vehicles? Ethical standards of longevity should be set for all household appliances so they are not slyly designed for critical part failure in a few years time.
given complete unfettered societal freedoms and left to wide open moral
and ethical corporate interpretations, our business moguls have created
an energy consumptive completely unsustainable horribly polluted throw
away human reality. This unscrupulous manifestation is nothing less
than the industrially produced evil child issuing forth from a mating
of greedy intentions with careless human actions.
In truth all our transportation issues must be rethought. We should
not be lulled into false hope and a belief that hybrid automobile technology,
or cleaner diesel engines easily and quickly solves our transportation
problem. Those hybrid and new diesel automobile reworks are nothing
more than false hope, just temporary stop gap measures, it is certainly
not the solution that we truly require. A more logical answer right
now would be to burn hydrogen fuel in our vehicles. The emissions are
pure, drinkable water. The current issue with hydrogen is that we tend
to rely on the use of fossil fuels to actually create the hydrogen.
We should be funding our brightest scientists and entrepreneurs to come
up with ways of producing mega quantities of hydrogen in a clean sustainable
manner. Then begin to set up the infrastructure required to support
the production of hydrogen fuel cell automobiles busses and trucks.
The aviation industry, an extraordinary mega carbon emitter, and would
no doubt suffer the most if we simply put a halt to the production of
fossil fuels. At present there is no alternative to the high octane
kerosene they burn in jet engines. However, without changes, the day
is soon approaching when air travel will be viewed as being deadly to
all life on this planet; an ecological crime continually committed against
the reality of sustainable planetary existence. The awful truth is,
the aviation industry by doubling their flights in the coming decades
could very easily destroy all of humanities other carbon reduction efforts.
None of us can truly buy our way out of air travel through using carbon
off set donations made to the slowly greening infrastructure, anymore
than we could pay someone to loose weight for us.
International container shipping of goods by ocean going vessels is
also a huge fossil fuel fed carbon emitter. From space one can witness
the incredible smudge and trail of atmospheric pollution that shipping
routes leave in their wake. The boats rely on the dirtiest burning bunker
fuel oil for propeller power. When shipping was done by means of sail
and wind power alone there was virtually no carbon pollution emitted.
Why not for example utilize the latest modern design techniques to fashion
retractable metal or plastic sails that could be automatically employed
from ship masts when wind conditions are right, and at least we should
be demanding that all ocean going vessels quickly be retrofitted and
make the switch over to much cleaner burning liquid natural gas power.
With today's existing technology all buildings could with some effort
be retrofitted and made to be close to carbon neutral. Instead of continually
constructing new why not have the construction industry retrofit all
existing structures and bring them up to current ethical standards?
New stringent building codes and retrofit programs should be implemented
and well funded by governments. Highly insulated, passive solar dwellings,
with geothermal ground source heating and cooling or wind turbine power
and solar panels could easily off set and neutralize electrical grid
use. The awful truth is, our mind set when building has to radically
change from one of a strictly aesthetic appeal to one of including planet
sustainable values in all of our latest building designs.
Large main energy grid nuclear and coal fired electrical power planets
should give way to renewable energy mega solar arrays, and our fields,
the great lakes or off shore oceans should be mushrooming with mega
scale wind turbines, located as close as possible to the source of actual
use. A good deal of energy is wasted through transmission alone.
Industries that require high volumes of electrical power should be expected
to provide their own sources from dedicated wind turbines and solar
arrays or pay very dearly for the use of public supplied energy. Those
that use it should also seek out alternate forms and methods of green
energy production to replace gas oil or coal power factory generation.
The awful truth is, energy should be cherished as a precious commodity
and not squandered frivolously as if it was virtually a limitless resource
like it is thought of presently.
As long as we continue to permit the incredibly selfish economically
minded side of our human nature to literally have its own will and way,
we will end up with profoundly unhealthy badly corrupted ill behaving
societies. The awful truth is, complete freedom can only be granted
to a fully mature society that is clearly aware of its inherent planetary
and civilized responsibilities.
A sustainable planetary life style might unfold like this little wishful
daydream: We would live independently ensconced in planetary wide communities,
but not countries; we would walk, bike, or green public transit to our
near by places of work. We would support local industry. The food we
eat would consist more of what is grown and produced in and around the
local areas where we live. Solar panels on all of our roof tops or in
the yard tracking the sun and small wind power turbines for electrical
generation on most dwellings would be common place. Main green grid
power, large wind turbines, dammed up water, and solar arrays would
essentially be produced closest to where it was actually needed, so
that it did not have to travel long distances.
Long haul transportation of food items from other communities would
be thought of as being a highly questionable practice and community
self sufficiency and self dependent integrity a much more valued intrinsic
societal concept. All of our winter heating and summer cooling would
come from geothermal ground source environmental units that do not emit
harmful by products. Our
vehicles, when we used them, would be clean burning hydrogen powered
fuel cells. Radio, television, motion pictures, the Internet, and virtually
all publications and video games would through stringent regulations
and tough controls be there to ensure the betterment enlightenment and
future of the entire civilization.
my little daydream, the depiction and mass media glorification of crime
would be considered an affront to the core foundations of civilization
and not tolerated on any level. The awful truth is, our
young are literally awash from birth in a mercantile plethora of crime
spree mania. Through watching and absorbing the seminal mental seeds
prompting crime's endless arousal and provoking its ultimate manifestation
we are encouraging and even glorifying criminals and crime, little wonder
that our civilization is itself so crime plagued and our children seem
literally out of control.
If we think back to the warning for humanity that the Titanic disaster
left in its icy wake, the people of that time actually thought that
the ship they were on was literally unsinkable. Consequently they steamed
on with careless impunity and dismissive arrogance. The awful truth
is, despite the many clues and warning signs that are presented before
us, we carry on with uncaring behavior that is careless irresponsible
and virtually unchanging. As a result the climate on our Mother Earth
is rapidly fatalistically transforming itself with each passing day.
The most awful truth of them all is this; if our current non planet
friendly human reality is allowed to continue on like it is doing for
just a few more decades, with literally criminal intent indiscriminate
biosphere poisoning, we will certainly warm the planet well past those
very dangerous tipping points. It is even possible because of the thirty
year lag time between our poisoning of the planet's atmosphere and the
reactions that we see and feel that it might even now be too late to
This planet once offered all life that originated on its surface a resplendent
cosmically inspired setting in which to grow mature and eventually become
universally enlightened, an eons perfected biosphere womb like paradise,
exactly like a snow flake, a completely unique one of a kind original
Do we human beings somehow naively imagine as we do in our religious
mythology that this cosmos and our true originating Mother, this symbiotically
emotive planet, will realize that the incredible biosphere and surface
damage being willfully perpetrated, is nothing more than unintended
human collateral damage. A direct result of humanities petty, non-personal,
business dealings and reckless societal affairs. And therefore not take
it to heart and thus not react with catastrophic primal hostility, incensed
outrage, or disdain and simply forgive us for our unethical actions?