A while back I wrote several pieces about the human price of progress and the ongoing destruction of Midgard. I have been reading further on this and it sickens me that since the wilful destruction began over 100 years ago, very little has been done about it. Corporations are still drilling and mining and culling and clearing, governments are still standing by and letting it happen. The general apathy from the human race is appalling and there are only a small handful who are prepared to put their lives on the line to try and stop it. Whilst many of us, in our hearts, feel badly about the destruction and we are very happy to ‘like’ an action on Facebook or ‘share’ a disgrace to our online buddies, how many of us are prepared to get out there, get dirty, risk life and limb to do something about the annihilation of our planet by corporate greed and corrupt powers?
One of the issues I think that is facing most of the organisations trying to make a difference is deferred apathy by GenPop – “it’s on the other side of the world”; “oh dear isn’t that bad, but I’m more worried about whether I can get fresh strawberries for dinner tonight even though it’s midwinter”; “that’s okay, it’s a third world country and it’s their own fault anyway”. I know, I’ve heard it with my own ears. It’s disgraceful and it makes my heart break.
Jord is very angry. She has put up with humanity’s attempts at digging down, burning her surface and blasting away at the foundations but, like all spoilt children, we have gone too far.
In India in a small place called Jharia, an underground coal field has been burning since 1916.
In Turkmenistan, drilling at a new oil field site halted when the area collapsed into a wide crater and the site was deemed unsafe. The engineers at the time believed that the best way to control the escaping gases was to light them up. That fire has been burning since 1971.
In April 2010, an oil rig exploded spilling over 750 million litres of oil into the Gulf of Mexico devastating the shorelines of Mississippi, Louisiana, Alabama and Florida. The oil is still there killing the fragile ecosystem of the Gulf.
Heat wave sparks anthrax outbreak in Russia’s northern Yamalo-Nenets region in August 2016. Temperatures in the Yamal tundra above the Arctic Circle have hit highs of 95 degrees this summer, compared to an average of 77 degrees.
The Pavlof Volcano in Alaska, the Popocatepetl volcano in Mexico, the Rinjani volcano on Lombok Island, Indonesia have all been spewing ash into the atmosphere in the past three months.
The Colli Albani, a 9-mile-long semicircle of hills on the outskirts of Rome, last erupted 36,000 years ago, so geologists had classified it as extinct – until about 20 years ago.
Ground movement of infamous sinkholes near Wink, Texas suggest the two existing holes are expanding, and new ones are forming as nearby subsidence occurs at an alarming rate.
Piton de la Fournaise volcano (La Réunion) is showing signs of unrest that could be a precursor to a new eruption.
Between January 2016 and August 2016 there have been approximately 25 earthquakes in the Pacific Rim of magnitude 6.5 to 7.8. Whilst earthquakes are a natural phenomenon in this area due to the prolific tectonic plate movements, this is quite a high number. Over the past 10 years, the World Earthquake Organisation has registered over 400 in the same area.
Large scale motion has been detected near the San Andreas Fault Line in California.
“As sea water warms due to climate change, it expands; this rise in volume upsets the balance of tectonic plates” says a new study, adding that the Gangetic delta in South Asia is particularly vulnerable, according to Kolkata-based geographer Sujib Kar
We only have to look at the massive hurricane force storms in Eastern China and the floods that have hit the United States, Europe and the United Kingdom over the past six months to realise that our impact on Midgard is gut wrenching. Follow this with heatwave temperatures of over 120F in the US Southwest and extraordinarily high temperatures in other parts of the world, as well as the massive out of control bush fire burning in the California hills outside Los Angeles, to see the scale to which our actions have impacted on earth – it can’t be any clearer.
“Earth’s stability is collapsing…and one by one, the biospheric processes regulating life itself are going awry. These are early characteristics of climate shock and are indications that even more ominous changes are yet to unfold. The fact that Earth’s systems are crashing in concert (climate, biodiversity and ecosystems, atmosphere, aquifers, and geological processes) is evidence geological change is accelerating on a planetary scale…we may not all be on the same page now that change is underway on planet Earth but sooner or later, we’ll all be in the same boat as environmental refugees from the change that will inevitably neutralize biological conditions on the planet.” –The Extinction Protocol by Alvin Conway, page 9, 2009 (1st edt)
There will be many who ask ‘what can we do about it? Isn’t it now too late to repair what we have done?” Perhaps, but we can stop what we are doing and try to rectify the damage. Stop the open cut coal mining that’s raping the earth of its nutrients, halt deep sea drilling in the North Sea, terminate coal seam gas mining and revert to alternative fuel sources such as wind and solar power. Look at the small innovative companies who are turning our waste products into construction materials and fabrics, stop pandering to big business by purchasing their latest gadgets and succumbing to their ‘one for each of us’ advertising campaign. Embrace your freedom of choice and make the choice to say ‘no more, we have had enough’. The world is made up of over 7billion people – I know the chances of this happening are minimal. There is an awakening happening but just as quickly as people are becoming aware, big business and corporates and governments are doing everything they can to quash the independence. We need to face them head on and do what we can to preserve our precious planet.
What are you going to do about it?