Friday, 27 October 2017

Words Of Wisdom - Blue Planet 2

This weekend the new Attenborough series Blue Planet 2 will be shown on TV. I have been a life long admirer of David Attenborough's natural world programs, along with millions of others. The dire warnings emanating from him and the Scientists about Climate change and global warming are increasingly being taken seriously. The effects that humans have on the Planet must be taken seriously by all of us. The Photo here is an example of what we are doing to the Blue Planet. This was apparently displayed on Facebook by a woman named Caroline Power. Then published in the Telegraph.

It shows a slick of plastic pollution 5 miles long drifting in the Caribbean sea off the coast of Honduras !  It is made up of styrofoam, Polystyrene containers, plastic forks and spoons , flip flops, cups,bags, bottles and all manner of plastic items - it is horrendous. Sea birds and other creatures are eating some of this, and all of it is generated by humans. Washed down rivers into the Sea. 

I gave a talk last week to Firhall Village Forum, and quoted a couple of sayings from Chief Seattle back in the days when America was being colonised by whites. The buffalo and wildlife were being slaughtered almost to the point of extinction.
    Only when the last tree has died and the last river has been poisoned and the last fish has been caught, will we realise that we can not eat money.
 If all the beasts were gone, men would die from a great loneliness of spirit, for whatever happens to the beasts also happens to the man. All things are connected. Whatever befalls the Earth befalls the sons of the Earth.

The whites, too, shall pass - perhaps sooner than other tribes. Continue to contaminate your own bed, and you might suffocate in your own waste.
Chief Seattle  Spoken over 200 years ago.

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