While multinational mining companies and other entities continue to plunder the remains of our natural resources on this planet, we are rapidly heading towards environmental disaster.
Recent heatwaves in southern Europe are just one of almost countless signs that our inexorable path to global heat (not warming) will lead to much of the earth being un-liveable- not just for humans but also for the other species that we rely on for our survival on this planet.
Our blind stupidity as a species, our incapacity to plan for anything more than the next year or two, combined with our capacity to inflict horrendous damage to the eco-systems that give us all life, are rapidly, and ever more speedily, pushing us down the path to oblivion.
Those remaining indigenous cultures that have not been sucked into the collective insanity of the human ‘progress’ meme, are being actively imprisoned and murdered because they stand in the way of more profits for multinational companies. One wonders where exactly those muti-national board members will run to when their gold is literally too hot to handle?
In the United States there is even debate as to whether the U.S. Trump administration will ‘accept’ the recent Draft of the 2017 ‘Climate Change Report’, such is the insanity that prevails; not just in the United States but across the word where governments are locked into close relationships with the business sector that is destroying the planet in the name of progress.
There appears to be no capacity to change our direction of increasing species destruction and increasing production of carbon dioxide and the other climate change accelerants, despite the hype generated at the voluntary Paris Accords.
It is of course not surprising that the U.S. president has rescinded the United States willingness to implement the Paris Accord. In a country where all government policy is, and always has been , sold to the highest bidder, the coal industry won out!
We know that ‘global fossil fuel emissions grew by 0.7% in 2014, then held steady in 2015. Provisional data for 2016 predict a very small rise, of just 0.2%.’ This tiny decline, or possible small increase, may be more attributable to the decline in the global ‘economy’ (reductions in coal use and cement production) rather than any active intent to reduce emissions; although changes in electrical production using so-called renewable energy have also have played a part. In reality, renewable energy products place huge demands in different ways on the environment.
However it’s important to bear in mind that while we have not seen a significant increase in the amount of CO2 production globally, we have not seen a decrease- the amount of CO2 being pumped in to the atmosphere is now about 9.9 billion tonnes per year….More than enough to continue ratcheting up global temperatures at an increasing rate for centuries to come, when we take into account both the immediate impacts of increased temperatures and the slower impacts of the capacity for CO2 storage in our oceans, soil and plants ( which are rapidly declining in global volume) steadily decreasing..
We are quite simply , not a fit species to be entrusted with the future of this planet.
When the supposed ‘greatest nation on earth’ behaves like a child bully in the playground and threatens nuclear war on all and sundry; when ecological devastation is not even taken into consideration as we plunder the planet, and its once multitudinous living things for our little shiny baubles, then we know we have lost our way- irremediably..