Earth Day

Hello World

We have Earth Day again on 22 April.

What on earth is Earth Day?
Are we bothered about our planet Earth?
How many of us really care about our Earth?
Are we worried about our Earth’s future?

Are we busy campaigning to save the Earth
Are we big into saving the birds and the bees?
Are we on a mission to save the rain forest?
Are we wanting to save animals from extinction?

Why does the Earth have climate issues?
Is Mother Earth trying to tell us something?

Do we see the Earth as separate to us?
Do we feel connected to the Earth?
Do we think all this planet Earth stuff is just twaddle?
Do we wonder what on Earth we are doing here?

Do we know what Earth life is all about?
Do we ever question what we have created on Earth?
Do we understand our relationship with planet Earth?

So here is what the Earth Day website is saying –

Earth Day is the largest secular observance in the world. (1)

Hello – what does that actually mean to us on the street?
Does anyone know what this is saying?

We are being asked to join Global Teach-Ins and the March for Science.
The campaign for this year is all about environmental and climate literacy.
We have a choice to stand up, join up and take action.
(2)

Some of us may be a bit too busy with our overwhelming schedules, to attend a teaching session about environmental and climate knowledge.

Some of us may be wondering how knowledge in theory is going to make a difference to our planet.

Some of us may be thinking that we have enough going on in our own lives, so there is no time to worry about the planet.

Some of us may be too distracted by our earthly comforts, to be concerned about planet Earth.

Facts about Planet Earth

Did You Know –

4.54 billion years – age of planet Earth

1,000 miles per hour – rate we are moving on Earth

24,901 miles – Earth’s circumference

67,000 miles per hour – rate Earth moves around the Sun

8 minutes 19 seconds – time taken for sunlight to reach Earth

93 million miles away from the Sun – 3rd planet away (3)

Earth is the only planet in the Solar System with plate tectonics
Without the action of these plate tectonics, our Earth would overheat as there would be no other way to recycle carbon

Earth is shaped like a flattened sphere

It has layers – an inner and outer core, the mantle and an outer crust (4)

Mantle is the most solid bulk of the Earth’s interior
It lies between the crust and the core
84% of Earth’s volume
1,800 miles thick
(5)

Earth is made up of
32.1% Iron
30.1% Oxygen
15.1% Silicon
13.9% Magnesium

70% of Earth is covered with oceans (4)

10,000 km Earth’s atmosphere extends into space

The atmosphere is made up of 5 layers
Troposphere
Stratosphere
Mesosphere
Thermosphere
Exosphere

Earth is like a great big magnet – forming a region called the magnetosphere (4)

The magnetosphere moves the solar wind around the Earth

The magnetic field extends thousands of kilometres out from the Earth’s surface
Without the magnetosphere, particles from the Sun’s solar wind would hit the Earth directly, exposing the surface of the planet to significant amounts of radiation (4)

However, the magnetic field has been weakening (3)

Solar day – time taken for the Sun to return to the same point in the sky

Sidereal day – time taken for Earth to rotate on its axis (4)

Hottest temperature
136 degrees Fahrenheit – El Aziza, Libya. 13 September 1922

Coldest temperature
Minus 128.6 degrees Fahrenheit – Vostok Station, Russia. 21 July 1983  (3)

56,000 feet – Mauna Kea, Hawaii – tallest mountain

Coral Reefs – largest living structures on Earth

10,916 metres – deepest point on the Ocean floor below sea level

300,000,000 years ago there was just one continent

Earth’s 3 deadly lakes –
Nyos, Cameroon
Monoun, Cameroon
Kivu – border of Rwanda and Democratic Republic of Congo
(3)

These crater lakes sit above volcanic earth
Magma below the surface releases carbon dioxide (CO2) into the lakes
This leaves a deep CO2 rich layer right above the lakebed which can be released in an explosion, suffocating to death anyone passing by

54,000 degrees Fahrenheit – the heat generated from single stroke lightning

6,000 lightning flashes around the Earth every minute

2,000 years – most active – Stromboli Volcano has been erupting in Italy (3)

So here we have some fascinating facts about our planet Earth.

Do we go WOW, marvel at the NASA images and drift off in our fantasy galaxy world or do we stop and ask – how much is going on that we really have nothing to do with?
In other words, we are spinning at 1,000 miles an hour and yet we cannot feel it.

We live on this big enhousing planet that does a job with all this stuff and has an intelligence that we cannot quite work out.

However, we as humans have enough intelligence to have worked out all the above facts, so that in itself tells us something.

But how come we have not yet worked out WHY we have no cure for Diabetes or Cancer or WHY ill mental health is now showing up in our young children?

We like to think we are thee most intelligent species on Earth.
Does that mean we All KNOW that our Earth is in serious trouble?
Can we agree that our Earth – what we call the world, is in a mess.
Our global statistics on the following blogs confirm something is not right.

Diabetes
Mental Health
Suicide
Depression
Sleep Issues
Female Genital Mutilation
Human Trafficking
Youth
Independence Day
Asthma
Heartburn
Chronic Fatigue
Drug Abuse
Marijuana
Amphetamines
Alcohol
Cancer
Kidney Disease

Is it time to join the dots, stick our common sense hat on and start asking some serious questions?

WHY is our so called current Intelligence not cutting it when it comes to getting to the root cause of diseases like Diabetes?

WHY are we not listening when we are being told that lifestyle changes need to be made?

WHY are our kids’ losing the plot and showing signs of illness?

WHY is this Free Will thing a licence to do whatever we want?

WHY are we spending billions on solutions to function?

WHY are our health systems totally overwhelmed?

WHY are our social and welfare systems unable to cope?

WHY are our prison systems getting out of control?

WHY are we allowing so much abuse on our Internet?

WHY are we happy marvelling at our technological advances?

WHY are we loving our comfort life full of distractions?

WHY are we as a world addicted to our screens?

WHY are we not applying common sense to our everyday life?

WHY are we not putting a stop to our wayward behaviour?

WHY are we blaming the world and its brothers for anything and everything?

WHY are we so unwilling to take full Responsibility for the choices we are making every single day?

WHY are we dismissing those who are living another way that does make sense?

WHY are we waiting for the government and others to tell us what to do, when we have a choice – a hand in how to live our life?

WHY are we not stepping up and saying something is wrong and we need answers?

CO2 concentrations are heading towards values not seen in the past 200 million years. This, plus the Sun gradually getting stronger means that the climate may be heading towards warmth not seen in the past half a billion years. (6)

The current speed of climate change is ‘highly unusual’.

CO2 has not been added to the Earth’s atmosphere as rapidly as today for at least the past 66 million years.

If we continue on our current path and exploit all conventional fossil fuels, then as well as the rate of CO2 emissions, the absolute climate warming is also likely to be unprecedented in at least the past 420 million years. (6)

Natural disasters are expected to increase in frequency due to climate change. (7)

Isle de Jean Charles, USA has lost 98% of its land mass due to rising sea levels. It has been sinking since 1955.

2003 – a heatwave hit Europe killing more than 20,000 people.
15,000 of those were killed in France.

Climate change is predicted to bring –
Floods
Storms
Heatwaves
Sea level rises causing loss of land
Forced migration
Droughts affecting farmers and the agriculture produced
(7)

As the climate changes glaciers are retreating and contributing to rising sea levels. (3)

Depression, worry, anxiety, substance abuse, aggression and suicide affect those that cannot cope with natural disasters. (7)

Environmental Issue    Potential Outcome
Rise in temperature    Aggression and violent behaviour
More natural disasters Depression, anxiety, PTSD
Rise in sea levels and land changes Forced migration

Drought is a very serious one and something we can all understand as the potential outcome is farmer suicide.

One of the major health effects of flooding seems to be the mental health aspects.
The worse the damage, the more likely a person is to have a mental health problem.
James Rubin, Psychologist, King’s College London
(7)

Direct flood victims –
20% diagnosed with depression
28.3% diagnosed with anxiety
36% diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
(7)

So here we have some facts and statements confirming there is a direct correlation between mental health and natural disasters. Our job on Earth seems to be towards fixing the problem but how on earth can you fix global natural disasters?
No amount of intelligence can change an “Act of God”.

This term is used by the insurance world to confirm a natural disaster, which no human can control.

That means we live with a constant unknowing if there is ever going to be a natural disaster that may wipe us out.

Do we care?

Are we worried?
Are we bothered?

Have we even thought about this?
Have we got better things to focus on?
Have we asked WHY we have natural disasters?

Could it be possible that Mother Earth is simply correcting what we have done?

Dear World,

What if the mess we have created on this Earth is coming from our own choices?

What if our Earth is reflecting something to us?

What if our Earth is very sensitive which is the same as we are in our essence?

What if our Earth is living in accordance with the natural laws of the Universe?

What if Mother Earth obeys all the natural laws and does not waiver from this?
In other words, she is not putting human needs before Truth.

What if the natural extinction of animals is part of the grand evolution?

What if we are all on a path of evolution on this Earth plane?

What if our Earth plane is aligned to the rest of the Universe and beyond?

What if we each have a hand in how our Earth is taken care of?

What if the War inside us is creating harm on the Earth?

What if Earthquakes have something to do with how we are choosing to live?

What if our Earth is correcting the harm we dump on it by natural disasters?

What if our precious Earth is telling us how we are living is harmfull?

What if we can learn from the Earth how to live in cycles and rhythms?

What if nature is reflecting to us about living in rhythms and cycles?

What if our planet Earth is showing us what is clearly not working?

What if our Earth is communicating it is time for real change?

What if deep down we know wearing a t-shirt, campaigning, championing and attending a climate change class is not really going to shift the mess on our Earth today?

What if we know that all the above is a form of Reductionism and whilst it has good intentions, it simply won’t get us out of the serious disaster we created on Earth?

What if there is another way to live on Earth that is in total and absolute respect to the ALL – in other words anything and everything?

What if Everything affects Everything, even if we can’t get our heads around this?

What if we each have a hand and a RESPONSIBILITY in this Earth life?

What if we are part of the great Laws of the Universe and the only reason we don’t want to align is because it means we have to take RESPONSIBILITY?

A great example is SLEEP – check our top article on sleep.

It talks about the hormone called Melatonin and its job is to regulate our night and day, sleep and wake cycles.
Bingo – here we have it confirmed!
Our body has cycles and what do we do? – go against these natural ways of living.

At three months old, levels of Melatonin enter a cyclical pattern that continues throughout our whole life. (8)

Caffeine, contraceptive pills, diabetes medication and anti-depressants affect the natural production of Melatonin.
Hello – is this spelling something out to us?
Are we joining the dots here?

We cannot ignore this fact of nature telling us we have this biological process recurring naturally on a 24-hour cycle, known as a circadian rhythm.

Even when our human body is kept away from ALL external light sources and time references, the body maintains a near perfect rhythm, typically relaxing into a natural rhythm of 24 hours and 11 minutes. (8)

Most recent and accurate results suggest the natural circadian rhythm is close to the length of a natural solar day. (8)

Hello – can we just re-read this again.
Even in the absence of light fluctuations, this natural internal process continues AND our natural circadian rhythm is close to the length of a natural solar day.

Next – a woman has a natural menstruation cycle of 28 days.
Note the moon takes 28 days to go around the Earth.

Is this all just a co-incidence or is there more?
Is the moon just reflecting light from the sun?
Is the moon just a dead thing out there that has no life?
Does the moon have a part to play for us on Earth?
Is there something more that we can pay attention to here?
Are we living in accordance with the cycles of the moon?
Does the app called Our Cycles offer us something?
Can we learn from the founder of Our Cycles what it is like to live our life in cycles?

So here we have two confirmations that cannot be ignored or dismissed because they exist. Our body lives in cycles and rhythms and so does our Earth.
That means there is a direct correlation to how the Earth moves every day and how we live every day.

Could it be possible we are not aware that the following directly affect our natural sleep cycle –

Caffeine
Sugar
Alcohol
Drugs
Over eating
Lying
TV
Internet
Perfect Life
Social Media addiction
Anti-depressants
Contraceptive pills
Diabetes medication

Can we join the dots here and apply some common sense?

Could it be possible that we have created many many illnesses and dis-eases in our body because we have not valued and appreciated the importance of the sleep wake cycle?

Could it be possible that we do not realise how important sleep is?

Could it be possible that our long list of women’s problems stems from not living in accordance to our natural menstruation cycle?

Could it be possible that the full moon cycle each month is offering men and women who do not menstruate, a period of cleansing and clearing?

Could it be possible that we cannot truly save our Earth unless we start with us? – In other words, looking at how we are choosing to live every single day and what impact this has on our Earth world.

Could it be possible that we have not chosen to apply the natural cycles that our body is offering us?

Could it be possible that we need to get back to living in cycles and rhythms so that we can stop all the harm we are contributing to our Earth?

Could it be possible that we do not currently live in a body that has the awareness about life on other planets?

Could it be possible that our current dense way of existence on Earth is not allowing us to see and feel beyond lineal perception?

Could it be possible that our current form of intelligence will not ever give us the answers about life beyond Earth?

Could it be possible that we each as individuals belong to a whole and in time, we will know more as our awareness develops?

Could it be possible that to increase our awareness, we need to live with the natural laws of the Universe?

Could this blog be another way to present Earth Day?

References

(1) (2017). The History of Earth Day. Earth Day Network. Retrieved April 19, 2017 from
http://www.earthday.org/about/the-history-of-earth-day/

(2) (2017). Earth Day. Earth Day Network. Retrieved April 19, 2017 from
http://www.earthday.org/

(3) (2016, March). 50 Interesting Facts About Earth. Live Science. Retrieved April 19, 2017 from
http://www.livescience.com/19102-amazing-facts-earth.html

(4) Williams, M. (2016, July 4). 10 Interesting Facts About Earth. Universe Today. Retrieved April 19, 2017 from
https://www.universetoday.com/14382/10-interesting-facts-about-planet-earth/

(5) (n.d). Mantle. National Geographic. Retrieved April 19, 2017 from
http://www.nationalgeographic.org/encyclopedia/mantle/

(6) Foster, G., Royer, D. & Lunt, D. (2017, April 4). We Are Heading for the Warmest Climate in Half a Billion Years, Says New Study. The Conversation. Retrieved April 19, 2017 from
http://theconversation.com/we-are-heading-for-the-warmest-climate-in-half-a-billion-years-says-new-study-73648

(7) Senthilingam, M. (2017, March 14). Depression, Anxiety, PTSD: The Mental Impact of Climate Change. CNN. Retrieved April 19, 2017 from
http://edition.cnn.com/2017/03/14/health/climate-change-mental-health-eprise/index.html

(8) Newman, T. (2016, January 21). Melatonin: Facts, What Does Melatonin Do? Medical News Today. Retrieved April 19, 2017 from
http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/232138.php

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Comments 27

  1. This blog really is a game changer.

    We spend so much time, energy and money trying to change things and campaign so that we can protect the Earth, but what I get from this blog and from this website is that it is the way that we live that actually makes a difference, not what we do or how much money we throw at any cause.

    On a microcosmic level, if we live to our natural circadian rhythm, this puts us in sync with the rhythm of the Earth and in turn connects us with the Universe and the Cosmos and the Stars and beyond.

    So it is very clear, if we take care of ourselves and our bodies, including valuing sleep and place this first and foremost above all else, we will naturally live on the Earth without harm and that in turn takes care of our environment.

    Thank you so much Simple Living Global for bringing to us the simplicity of how we can practically live within the natural laws of nature in everyday life by living to rhythms and cycles.

  2. One of my earliest memory’s in life is stuffing newspaper under a door to keep water from coming into the house and then walking away from my home in water up to my knees, holding on to my mom’s hand. This was from a hurricane in 1954.

    Until now, I have never really felt what that must have been like for a 3 year old.

    Lately I have noticed that when a storm passes I have felt uneasy and my sleep has been off. Could it be I am feeling some of this old trauma of being flooded out of my home?

  3. It makes sense that Earth with its intricate balance of systems and rhythms has a living wisdom of which if we were to truly feel into and get honest with ourselves about, we have as a humanity, not been living in accordance with…

    The answer to all the issues we have created is here, within and all around us; The Way is shown to us in everyday by our bodies and by the body of the Earth, both of which can not but adhere to the harmony and rhythms of the Universe.

  4. Reading this blog hits home how truly stupendous Planet Earth actually is and how naturally aligned we are to that.

    What would it be like to really LIVE in the rhythms and cycles of nature? To really listen to that and be in sync?

  5. 19th April 2017

    Insurance company, Liberty reported that there was a 20% increase in suicide claims in 2016. Reason being – a sharp increase in the number of farmers’ aged 55 and over ending their lives through suicide on the Northern Cape, South Africa.

    http://www.timeslive.co.za/thetimes/2017/04/19/Farmers-fatal-despair-Suicides-soar-as-worst-drought-in-decades-drives-them-to-ruin

    The article refers to the fact that ‘farmers were living in the same difficult economy as everyone else, but on top of that they have drought to deal with.’ Henk Meintjes – Liberty insurance actuary

    Living in an inner city area in London, I have never considered how environmental factors can affect farmers. Considering the economic loss of having a season of drought, I can understand the despair and eventual action of suicide if farmers’ do not have the support to deal emotionally and practically with what is going on.

    I have to say it is only from reading this blog and this one for Earth Day http://simplelivingglobal.com/earth-day/ that I was able to stop and contemplate this and understand that the way that I live on the Earth and take care of myself has a profound effect both on others and on our environment.

    Thank you Simple Living Global for consistently writing and making us all aware of what is happening in all four corners of the Earth.

  6. Brilliantly well researched blog, makes absolute sense and raises questions for us all to consider in the world today.
    We get on with life, yet rarely do we question what is going on around us and why it is the way it is.

    On Earth Day this blog is a great wake up call for us all.

  7. I love the Earth. I especially love this blog because it is about Earth.

    Before we evolved on the planet the place was just nature. Then the Stone Age came in, then the Bronze Age and the Iron Age, which was still mostly nature.

    Then the Pre-Scientific and Industrial Revolutions happened (after the Industrial Revolution there was the 2nd Industrial Revolution) and that was the start of technology. Things started to change then and we stopped using nature and looking after nature.

    Now we are in the Information Age.

    We should use technology to help nature and to help us get back to nature.

  8. I have always felt Earth to be the same as a living body, with systems that work together in harmony and even a soul or consciousness…

    I felt it too could get sick like we do from our disregard and yet I spent a long time not choosing to adhere to my own rhythms and living out-of-harmony made me sick in many ways.

    I know that we have been collectively doing the same to the Earth that we do to ourselves and each other.

  9. There is something about nature. Something deeply enriching.

    I know it gives me a deep sense of connection and perspective.

    A beautiful landscape. A walk in the woods. A dramatic sky. A pair of Jays in a tree near my office in the City. A fox in broad daylight.

    And there is science on how it affects us. Access to trees and green spaces has been shown to reduce obesity and mental health issues.

    What a precious thing this Earth is.

    Here is a recent report by the Institute for European Environmental Policy, describing nature as a great healer:

    http://www.foeeurope.org/sites/default/files/biodiversity/2017/briefing_nature_health_equity_march2017.pdf

  10. Connection to our earth is critical to living in a way that respects it amazingness. If you do not experience the earth, it is hard to feel and understand what it is all about.

    If you have not seen a carrot growing, how would you know that it grows underground? Watching a child dig up a carrot for the first time is an amazing experience.

    We had a Russian exchange student live with us and we brought her to the ocean for the first time. Watching her expression of awe was incredible. You can not experience an ocean on a computer or movie screen.

    Every time I see and even think about the ancient redwood trees in California, the level of stillness and majesty they bring, brings tears to my eyes.

    I feel if we can truly experience our earth, it is easy to live a way of life that honors it and everything on it.

  11. Another superb blog, informative and educational. It seems to me our bodies are crying out through illness and disease for us to live in alignment with our natural rhythms and cycles.. and with our beautiful planet.

    We have this incredible planet to live on, guiding us with it’s natural cycles and all of nature as a reflection as to how we can live harmoniously here on earth, with each other and in alignment with the universe.. our living ways cannot but affect our precious sentient earth so it has to correct and correct.. is it time for us to change our ways?

  12. I was reading about a study in the journal Atmospheric Environment, recommending more hedges to help with pollution in cities.

    Apparently, hedges soak up much more pollution at car level than trees.

    How amazing that nature can be of such support to help us clear up our mess.

    It makes me wonder, though – if we see this as a ‘solution’ that keeps the carbon particles out of our lungs, will we then relax and think we can ignore the mess we are making of the Earth?

    Can we just think ‘oh great, we have hedges now, awesome’, instead of taking real responsibility for the pollution to which we are all contributing?

  13. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/climate-change-microbes_us_590bdff9e4b0e7021e966892

    5 May 2017 – As Ice Melts, Dangerous Diseases From The Past could Rise Again.

    Are we scared?
    Are we bothered?
    Do news headlines like this get us concerned?
    Is this way off or could it hold some truth?

    Researchers have encountered complex “giant viruses” and there are concerns that some old enemies thought vanquished could reappear.

    So what they are saying to us is with global warming scientists have expressed concerns that epidemics of the past centuries might come back.

    This is not yet the case but what if it is and how do we feel as individuals about these viruses.
    What we do know there is no medication when we get a virus and there are so may variations.

    Do we ever consider that the way we choose to live may confirm whether or not we will contract these deadly viruses or any virus?
    We all know that having a strong immune system has a direct correlation with our sleep quality and could this be a simple start to ensuring we are not at the mercy of what virus is going to come after us and possibly kill us?

    Our Sleep blog is well worth reading or re-reading as it certainly presents another way.
    http://simplelivingglobal.com/world-sleep-day/

  14. I was looking up some facts on deforestation with my 6 year old and we found a website that counts down the destruction of the rainforest.

    It tells us that if we continue on our current trajectory there will be no rainforests in 100 years.

    Zero.

    Losing our rainforests would literally be catastrophic. Half the planet’s animals and plants live there. But at a very basic level, 20% of the oxygen we breathe on Earth comes from the rainforests.

    What will stop us?

    http://www.theworldcounts.com/stories/Deforestation-Facts-for-Kids

  15. Great blog Simple Living Global on a subject that most of us pay very little attention to, because after all, how can we, just by doing our day to day stuff, possibly harm Mother Earth?

    If Albert Einstein’s equation of E=MC2 is correct and that everything is energy, then that means everything we do has an energetic quality to it and that energy has an effect on everything and everyone else.

    That must mean everyone and everything is affected by our actions, deeds, thoughts and emotions. And we can be affected in a number of ways from: the many illnesses and diseases, mental issues, confidence issues, anger, sadness, frustration, etc.

    If that is so, then the earth can be affected in the same way so is it possible then that Mother Earth will occasionally vent her issues?

    Even when we think we are doing the right thing, we have the potential to harm.

    There are many organisations that purport to ‘Save the Earth’ but is it possible that these organisations are using anger to get their message across and if so, is it possible that that anger is then going into the earth and they are doing the one thing that they are trying to stop others from doing, i.e. harming Mother Earth.

    A very wise man, Serge Benhayon, says, in regards to the energetic truth, “in everything we do, we either heal or we harm.”

    When we start to view everything as energy, we realise we have an even greater responsibility to make sure everything we do doesn’t harm anyone or anything else.

  16. What humanity is doing to our earth is just a reflection of what we have been doing to ourselves.

    It makes no sense to disrupt the support system that is keeping us alive.

    So the question is why do we hurt our bodies and our Earth? Is it because we really do not know what is helpful?

    I have tried to live my life with respect for our earth, but if I do not take responsibility for my life, I can not really take care of anything else.

    I now understand that in order to know what anyone needs, I have to live in a way that supports me, so my life experience can give me the wisdom to truly help someone.

  17. The developed countries of the world use a huge percentage of the earth’s resources. Why do we believe that we, (I live in the USA the king of consumption) the more developed countries, deserve more resources per capita than the so called underdeveloped countries?

    Has our quality of life really improved with all this progress that the we have achieved?

    Is all the climate change and pollution that we have caused really worth it, when you look at the increasing levels of disease, poverty and stress in the world?

    It time to take responsibility for our effect on our earth. Is what we have created what we want?

    Serge Benhayon and Universal Medicine is presenting a way of Living that addresses all these issues.
    It is about taking true responsibility for our individual lives, in the same way that our natural world works, everything that happens takes into consideration everything on our planet.

  18. The Economist is sharing some home truths on the state of our oceans, here: http://www.economist.com/news/leaders/21722647-ocean-sustains-humanity-humanity-treats-it-contempt-how-improve-health

    “The ocean sustains humanity. Humanity treats it with contempt.”

    They question whether our complacency comes from a feeling that the ocean is so big we can treat it badly and it wont fail.

    Yet is is failing. The projections say if we carry on as we are, by 2050 our oceans will contain more plastic than they contain fish and all the coral will be gone.

    They describe information and awareness as the cure for ‘ocean blindness’. We already know our oceans are in a terrible state because of us – we know we are overfishing and polluting. This awareness is only going to increase as research and technology give more and more access to the details. It will become harder and harder to hide from the truth.

    An interesting problem they cite is shared governance. The ocean belongs to everyone, it’s health is all our responsibility and yet we don’t treat it that way.

    So where are we at with this?

    Do we see this?

    Do we care? Do we care enough to make changes?

  19. Where do we think we’re going when we place our time, energy and financial resources on establishing colonies on other planets?

    It makes no sense considering that as a human race on Earth we are struggling with mental illness including anxiety and stress which are going through the roof. Due to our current way of living most are not immune to this, even those involved in building the colonies on other planets – so what is going on?

    Are we seeking to escape Planet Earth to build a better life on another planet because we dislike what we’ve got?

    I learnt some years ago that whenever we leave a situation unresolved and move elsewhere the same issues come with us and it is not long before we start experiencing the same thing that we were trying to escape from. So what if changing jobs because we don’t like our boss, moving house because we are having problems with our landlord or neighbour, changing planets because we don’t like the one we’ve got is not the answer?

    Living on Planet Earth and being responsible for how we choose to live and the imprint we leave behind for others is the key. No point leaving a mess behind, by escaping for others to clear up as that in no way takes care of Mother Earth.

    Same goes for any situation, we need to clear up our mess first before we even think about moving on as in the end someone else will be stepping into the home or the job that we leave so what quality are we leaving behind for them?

  20. I was reading about the floods in Texas.

    Science shows that developing on wetland areas, prairies and flood plains massively contributes to flooding. Wetlands and the like are natural drainage areas and can soak up large amounts of flood water. Their urbanisation stops them doing their job.

    Estimates are that development on Houston’s wetlands meant the area lost the ability to handle 4 billion gallons of storm water, which equates to $600 million of flood management construction.

    Isn’t this just basic common sense for our Earth?

    Why are we ignoring it?

    Will we continue to ignore it when we re-build our cities after flood damage?

  21. 75% of all the honey on our planet is contaminated by pesticides.

    That includes honey on remote islands.

    These pesticides are apparently harmful to bees. It is not yet known how harmful they are to humans.

    Bees are vital to our ecosystem and our crops and their population is in decline.

    This has got me thinking about how much care we take over what we spray on our crops and about the legacy we are leaving for this planet and ourselves.

    It also got me thinking about why the demand for honey is so high.

    https://www.google.co.uk/amp/www.independent.co.uk/environment/pesticides-bees-human-threat-found-in-honey-threat-danger-a7985281.html%3Famp

  22. We have had 10 consecutive hurricanes in a single year.

    In fact, the 10 hurricanes grew out of 10 Atlantic storms and they did so over just the last 10 weeks.

    The last time 10 consecutive Atlantic storms grew into hurricanes was in 1893.

    Do we reflect on the systems and cycles of our planet?

    Do we reflect on its movements?

    Do we reflect on the why?

    https://qz.com/1103420/hurricane-ophelia-ireland-is-walloped-by-the-latest-recording-breaking-storm/

  23. https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b0702q6p/earths-greatest-spectacles-1-new-england

    Watching a programme about the annual cycle of trees in America has tuned me in to the purpose of sugar.

    Maple trees in particular produce a huge amount of sugar to support the processes of growth. The sugar gives the leaves the energy they need to grow when the seasons change. It’s a magical process.

    This is the purpose of sugar.

    Watching as certain birds harvest this sugar day after day, was a reflection of human behaviours around sugar. Going back for a short hit time and again.

    That sugar is not for us – we don’t need it for our growth.

  24. Coverage in the UK Metro newspaper on 6 November about the world’s forests being so severely shrunk by humans that 85% of species inside them have been affected.

    This is affecting mammals in particular and we risk contributing to further extinction.

    Apparently reptiles like the boa constrictor snake are benefiting because they like the drier conditions.

    How do we feel about depleting the world in such a way that reptiles rather than warm blooded animals thrive?

    Do we see the impact of our excess?

  25. Daily Mail – 28 October 2017

    Sir David Attenborough giving us an important message that we cannot ignore the terrible damage that is being done to our seas, and the appalling consequences to us all if this damage is left unchecked.

    THE OCEANS ARE UNDER THREAT AS NEVER BEFORE IN OUR HISTORY.

    One cause is the serious risk of plastic.
    Every year 8,000,000 tonnes ends up in the ocean, even remote locations.

    What are we doing as individuals and how are we choosing to live?

    Is this a question we all need to be asking now, so we can understand more about how we are contributing to the collective whole?

    Are we ready to read and assimilate what this man is spelling out to us here –

    “Never before have we had such an awareness of what we are doing to our planet – but never before have we had the power to do something about it. Surely we have a responsibility to care for our blue planet. The future of humanity and, indeed all life on Earth, depends on us.”

    Is it time to see everything on our precious planet as one and the same?
    In others words, what we do in our private life does affect the whole planet and beyond and there is no getting away from that immutable fact.

    Could it be possible that our disregard for our ‘blue planet’ is simply a reflection of how we choose to live in daily life?

    What if we started to live that word Responsibility to care for our self first and foremost then it would, by the very essence of that LIVED way, ensure we care EQUALLY for everyone and everything else, including our ‘blue planet’?

  26. The Week – 23 September 2017

    Is the Sand Running Out?
    The voracious industrial demand for sand has led to an improbable global shortage – and an environmental crisis.

    These are the headlines on the article.

    Did you know that sand is used to manufacture a number of things – from glass to electronics, and paint and tyres?

    I did not know this until reading this article.

    Sands main use is in construction as sand and gravel are the main ingredients in concrete and asphalt. The article states that “sand and gravel represent the highest volume of raw material used on Earth after water.” (United Nations Environment Programme Report 2014).
    Sand is usually made out of silica or quartz.

    But as the opening lines state we have a crisis with sand. All types of habitats are being destroyed as producers struggle to meet demand. Producers are now turning to marine resources to obtain sand, even though dredging can be very harmfull to sea life and fisheries. In the developing world dredging is usually unregulated, or if it is regulated it is deeply corrupt.

    50% of all of the sand used in construction in Morocco comes from illegal mining of beaches and coastal areas.

    There is a sand mafia in India who run an illegal trade worth $2.3 billion each year.

    In Tamil Nadu (India), 50,000 lorry loads of sand are mined every day and smuggled to nearby states.

    In Kenya, illegal sand dredging is disrupting river courses and leaving communities without water.

    In Sierra Leone, extensive mining of beaches is blamed for coastal erosion of up to 6 metres per year.

    Singapore has grown in size by over 20% since its independence in 1965 by importing and sometimes actually taking sand from its neighbours to build on. Singaporean dredgers have been blamed for the disappearance of 24 Indonesian sand islands!

    Then we have sand miners lives that are being put at risk –

    In Vasai Creek, North of Mumbai, about 75,000 men many from India’s poorest areas work as miners to meet the countries booming construction industry. The miners dive up to 40ft into pitch black waters whilst holding onto metal buckets. They fill the buckets on the sea bottom and then are hauled up to the surface via ropes by colleagues. Two deaths have been reported this year.

    A small boat filled with sand will go for 1,000 rupees on the black market; the average Indian wage is 270 rupees.

    In Thane Creek, Southern Mumbai, sand mining has removed much of the food for smaller fish, which is disrupting the food chain and destroying the livelihoods of local fishermen.

    One miner told the BBC that he dived 150 – 200 times a day. He said that he does not have any safety equipment and that they have just learnt to hold their breath, adding that there is raw sewage and chemical waste in the water but “we’re used to it now.”

    The article is summed up with the following –

    As the construction industry in Asia continues to grow over the next decade, sand and gravel reserves will be depleted at a rapid rate.

    So in effect this says it all. Our desire for MORE: higher buildings, more luxurious houses, more office space, etc is all contributing to the depletion of sand.

    Imagine if we all just used, bought and had what we needed, would we see a fundamental difference in sand reserves? Would they be abundant rather than depleted as they are today?

  27. Earlier tonight I watched video coverage of the enormous wildfires in LA. There is something so apocalyptic about how it looks that it is near impossible not to see it as a huge wake-up call.

    Certainly it has me re-evaluating where I can be more aware of my environmental impact.

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