truthful perceptions: greed…

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Aside from the fact that politicians who place the financial profits of billionaires as a priority when rolling back environmental laws set in place to protect our planet, it once again begs the question of the revelers and worshippers of greed in asking., “ How much is enough…?

Sadly, the answer that silently comes back is that it is never enough. Never enough money to roll back laws set in place forbidding companies from dumping and/or carrying toxic waste to flow into rivers, streams, lake and oceans that lead into waterways that furnish drinking water not to mention killing aquatic life.

Never enough money to roll back laws set in place to stop companies from dumping waste products into the air, especially fossil fuels, carbon dioxide and sulfur dioxide that directly contribute to greenhouse gases and thereby creating and advancing global warming.

Water and Air are just two, never mind the other concerns such as emissions standards for landfills, rules around offshore drilling, methane standards for oil and gas drilling, and restrictions on migratory bird hunting, etc.,

Do they not witness what is happening in the cities of China where millions of people are wearing masks everyday because of smog and toxic air. They have now come to a point where they are coping, but learning to live with it as if it’s some kind of organic alternate reality. 

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A new study shows that air pollution is killing about 4,000 people in China a day, accounting for 1 in 6 premature deaths in the world’s most populous country.

Physicists at the University of California, Berkeley, calculated that about 1.6 million people in China die each year from heart, lung and stroke problems because of incredibly polluted air, especially small particles of haze.

7043400-3x2-940x627Performing Tai Chi in the midst of dense smog? The words Tai Chi are actually defined as, “Supreme Exercise for Ultimate Living…” Really? Today it should be more defined as “Extreme Living…” This is the extreme of what happens when companies/corporations are allowed to run their businesses without government oversight and strict laws in place to protect both people and the environment.

Just as he put someone in charge of the education dept. who knows nothing about public education, where 9 out of every 10 American children attend school, Trump places someone in charge of the Environmental Protection whose record is directly opposed to what the EPA stands for after decades of existence.

Their mission and objectives are clear: They are going to dismantle piece by piece, law by law the government agency responsible for protecting the pristine and fragile ecological vulnerability of nature.people-practice-tai-chi-775536

 

If this is what the air in Beijing is like everyday, can you imagine what is being dumped into the rivers, streams, lakes and oceans? 

 

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The tears of GOD will most certainly flow, because only GOD knows what the long term environmental consequences will be upon our country and the planet in the next four years of trumps term in office. Sadly, the name will most assuredly go from the “environmental protection agency” to the “environmental destruction agency…” and all in the name of corporate greed.  

 

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Music: “The Tears of God…” by Russel Blake

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

truthful perceptions: waterworld

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Perhaps it can only be described as underwhelming at this point of time how much we as humans take the ground we are walking, running, cycling, playing and doing just about everything else on for granted.

No one thinks about it while stuck in traffic. Hmmm…how much I really love this ground my car is eternally stuck on during this rush hour. Maybe not now, but in few short decades which is a blink of an eye in geologic chronology.  It is estimated at the current rate of glacier ice melting, by the year 2050 or sooner, sea levels will rise by as little as 19 inches and as much as 25.  A mere 19 inches. Yet, the land destruction, human displacement and crop devastation this mere 19 inches will cause will forever alter the course of human life on this planet.  

Keep in mind that this is a mid-range projection by Scientists and does not include natural elevations at high tide around the earth. Also bear in mind these projections are only taking into account current greenhouse gas emissions and not what could be escalated in the next few years, thereby exponentially escalating the speed in which these glaciers are melting.  New York, DC, Boston and at least 15 other major US cities will be plunged underwater affecting untold millions in 2,150 coastal areas.  

It is estimated the cities of Miami FL, New Orleans LA and Galveston TX will be 100% underwater. The Jefferson Memorial, Statue of Liberty, the campus of Harvard University all gone, and I don’t mean fishing.  The apathy in which humans tend to view environmental dire warnings is exceeded only by our arrogance to always think we can somehow outwit and out-think Mother Nature.  

US taxpayers are seemingly more willing to pay higher taxes to build a football stadium than to invest in technologically advanced seawalls similar to the one built in Denmark. In spite of so many civilizations i.e., Pompeii, Mayans, Easter Islanders, Stonehenge, etc;.. having disappeared from the face of the earth by serious changing environmental factors, we’ve become very spoiled in a non-chalant cavalier programmed attitude to believe that if we just get a 24 hour warning to evacuate, everything will be cool.  This in spite of the fact that every intelligent human being with the IQ of a tree knows that it is literally impossible to evacuate any major American city in  24-48 hour timespan.

Warm Oceans because of thermal expansion and melting glacier ice seems inevitable to continue.  As individuals doing our part by being as energy efficient e.g, reduce, reuse, recycle plastics helps. Also reducing the amount of hot water we use, turning off lights when not in use, as well as using energy efficient light bulbs  in our homes and driving cleaner cars over time does make a difference in avoiding leaving a toxic footprint.  We all have a stake in this as the last time I checked this is the only planet we have.  If we continue to ignore and abuse Mother Earth, one day the cry “Head For The Hills” will have some very serious meaning to it. 

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