Friday, March 24, 2017

Eco-Activism: Inspiring Mankind to Embrace Nature ???


"All we are saying is give peace a chance"
John Lennon (Plastic Ono Band)
Animated Clipart - Mrs Eva Ford


We've come a long way from the days of old (1960s counter-culture protesters) where people claimed to be championing peaceful protests movements for the cause of peace and ecology. But today, one cannot flip on the TV News without seeing some type of violent protest somewhere in the world over anything. For the moment, much of it seems motivated by murderous hatred towards someone else's version of ideological worldview. The official 'cause' being protested is often used as a mask to cloak it's truer darker identity. This post is not a commentary on all the reasons for the present insanity of civil unrest which is now consuming our planet. Since this blog is mostly about our planet's natural world and positive ways of rebuilding ecosystems, urban landscaping, travel, etc, I'll focus mainly on why the environmental movement today fails to change the hearts of their perceived opponents. In general it's a problem resulting from the methods they have chosen to get their message across. I never endorse one environmental cause or group over another and there is a big reason for that. Without saying very much as to why, I'll let these photographs below tell the story. Most of these movements generally have no real viable solution for replacing the present miserable system that they are protesting against other than some casual vague references to wind or solar power coupled some new brand of political socialism. But these too have their own unique failings regarding harm to the environment. Quite often I've found that many of the protesters have very little experience if any of actual participation in any ecosystem restoration project. See my previous post on that subject (HERE) Many of the environmental organizations and the donations they receive go towards lawsuits,  protests and monetary settlements with very little of those funds actually going towards actually fixing an ecosystem through hands on restoration work even on the part of the non-profit's officers. There is no question that this planet needs radical change & in a hurry. Take a look at these pictures below that bare out the reality of this fact.

Image - MarketWatch.com

Leading Faces of Industrial Agriculture


Source - EcoWatch

Ocean Dead Zones via Industrial Ag


Photo - Free Source
Fracking Operation, Pinedale, Wyoming


Image - JamesWorks.ca

Canadian Tar Sands - before & after


Source: Andreas Habich, Wikimedia Commons.

Steel industries in Benxi, China

Yup, sure enough the planet's in trouble. No argument there. No need for us to explain what these photographs are all about since we are already aware of their implications. But have these green activist movements & people involved with them actually been stellar examples of lifestyle choices and conduct have recommended to other people that their way is a better way of life without saying a word ? Let's look at a recent well known public  protest movement example that's been highlighted in the News Reports for almost a year now. That would be the oil pipeline protests in South Dakota, otherwise known as the Standing Rock Pipeline Protest. The Native Americans there started the protest and I believe they were at the beginning very sincere and legitimate in their reasons for protesting. But the big problems came later when outside protesters came on board. Take a look below.


Image - Reuters - T. Sylvester

All over the country this cause suddenly became a rallying cry for outsiders with other axes to grind to come and add their anarchy which was not what the Native American Souix wanted in the first place. Many of the outsiders did not fully understanding nor comprehend the particular issues involved on the part of both sides of the argument. Many came simply for what they say was the cultural experience. What it became however angered most of those Native Americans. And who can blame them. Apparently of the tribal members described how the protest became as a kind of repugnant "Burning Man Festival" complete with drugs, booze, loud music and unbridled decadant behaviour. Others likened it to another annual event, "The Rainbow Gathering" which has been held annually since 1972 for which people supposedly celebrate a shared ideology of peace, harmony, freedom, and respect. Except that is not how it usually goes down. Anyway, here were some expressions of concern and disgust relayed by some of the Native Americans about the counter-culture outsiders who invited themselves and crashed their party:

"White people are colonizing the camps. I mean that seriously. Plymouth rock seriously. They are coming in, taking food, clothing and occupying space without any desire to participate in camp maintenance and without respect of tribal protocols.   
"These people are treating it like it is Burning Man or The Rainbow Gathering and I even witnessed several wandering in and out of camps comparing it to those festivals."
(The Independent - UK: 'White activists are 'treating protest like Burning Man'')


Tom Stromme / Bismarck Tribune

Massive amounts of filth and other refuse left behind

Michael Vosburg / Forum Photo Editor
Above is an aerial view of the protest camp on U.S. Army Corps of Engineers land at the confluence of the Missouri River and Cannonball River in southern Morton County North Dakota on February 13, 2017. The area is in a flood plain and must be cleared of buildings and people who have been illegally camping to protest the nearby Dakota Access Pipeline. Left behind is all manner of filth and other trash. Conditions in the camp were described as a cesspit of filth, which was the result of thousands of people camping in the middle of a field with little in the way of any responsible sanitation services. The authorities who eventually have to go into the camp have to first receive hazmat training. Prior to authorities entering the camp, the protesters have  set fires to many structures with hazardous materials. The Standing Rock Sioux Chairman David Archambault II, who is led the protest, raised his concerns about sanitation back on Nov. 23, 2016, saying activists are “digging pits out there for their human waste.”

“That’s a flood zone. So when the floodwaters come up, that waste is going to be contaminating the water. We’re no different than the oil company, if we’re fighting for water. What’s going to happen when people leave? Who has to clean it up? Who has to refurbish it? It’s going to be us, the people who live here.” 
“Before this entire movement started, that was some of the most beautiful land around. There was a place down there where eagles, over 100 eagles, would come and land. There were game down there — deer, pheasants, elk, geese. Now it’s occupied by people. And when masses of people come to one place, we don’t take care of it.”
Standing Rock Sioux Chairman David Archambault
The Bismark Tribune

Unbelievably, over two hundred vehicles were left abandoned by these people. Numerous dangerous illegal structures were built and the human waste itself created an incredible biohazard of it's own:
“There are roughly 200 vehicles down there at last count, ranging from cars and pickups to rental trucks. We’re going to have a very drastic situation trying to keep these vehicles from getting into the river – what everybody’s been trying to protect from day one. We can’t leave them there. We don’t know what kind of biohazard is going to be produced with all the fluids or any other garbage that’s inside the vehicle,” 
George Kuntz, Vice President, North Dakota Towing Association
They now have to go in there with heavy equipment and bring all those vehicles back to the hard roadway to be loaded. It's a boggy floodplain and some vehicles are already in the river that they supposedly were trying to save. This site was prior to the protesters occupation of it was a sensitive wildlife habitat where no one lived.
“You’ve got oil leaking out, you’ve got gas. Pollution from abandoned vehicles adds to already serious environmental problems left behind by the protestors. You talk about wanting to protect the water, and yet not a lot of people are staying around to clean up what they started. How do you just totally destroy something? How do you not care about something that you are here saying that you care about? Most of the damage was caused by the out-of-state  protestors who were recruited by national activist groups."
Robert Keller, Public Information Officer, Morton County Sheriffs Department
(Source)
You folks can google anything else on the subject. The area was a sensitive environmental wildlife have prior to this protest. Not anymore. The very ecological destruction these angry anarchists were claiming to stop they actually directly caused first hand. 

Below here is the aftermath of the first of it's kind rock festival called Woodstock Festival for peace, Music and Ecology back in Bethel, New York (Aug 1969)
Image - Woodstock 1969

Back in 1972, my World History and Civics teacher, Mr  LeTourneau at El Cajon Valley High School, said something that rang true then and shines glaringly true today. We were discussing all the radical protests movements of the late 1960s on into those early 1970s and the subject came up about ecology protest movements from all those peace loving back to nature Flower Children. He showed us a photo of the 1969 Woodstock Rock Festival's aftermath on that dairy farm's fields. Incredible amount of filth and human waste and he said, "I don't get it. These are supposed to be the ecology people?" He was right. In fact after almost any rock festival where this type of activist culture shows up, they all leave behind an incredible amount of human filth. Go ahead, google any of those well know past events. There are clear similarities between the Woodstock Festival and the Dakota Pipeline Protest Camp. Both had the same decadent behaviour at both events. Drugs, alcohol, load music, foul vulgar speech and disgusting conduct. The big question is, how can Nature inspire many of these people to display such filthy speech, vulgar insults, decadent behaviour, foul language, blantant destruction of other individual's private property, various forms of drug abuse, alcohol abuse, sexual assault, etc ? This is supposed to be all about Nature right ? Anybody else seeing the social structure humans picking up pace and going down hill ? There is one long forgotten biblical text, even forgotten by most who claim to even believe in their holy book which outstandingly describes a time of where human society is heading by the display of certain negative personality traits which reach their climax worst just before the end. Could that time really be now ?
"But know this, that in the last days critical times hard to deal with will be here. For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, haughty, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, disloyal,  having no natural affection, not open to any agreement, slanderers, without self-control, fierce, without love of goodness, betrayers, headstrong, puffed up with pride, lovers of pleasures rather than lovers of God, having an appearance of godliness but proving false to its power; and from these turn away." (2 Tim 3:1-5)
Let's analyze this, "not open to any agreement" (translation = 'my way or the highway'), "without self-control" (let's party), "lovers of themselves" (lack of consideration for other people; concerned chiefly with one's own personal profit or pleasure), "Fierce" (must be what the fist in the air thing is all about), "puffed up with pride" (incapable of admitting one's position may be wrong), "headstrong" (determined to have one's own way at any cost), etc, etc, etc. Now, can anyone tell me if any of these photographs I'm posing below of how our natural world could really inspire the abnormal degenerate behaviour we saw and read about in the pictures & News links above ???

Image - Jenna Edde Wilf Open Country

Image - Simple Snapshots - Nate 2010

Image Panoramio - Uğur Atabaş 2016


Image - Mark Goudy & Lisa Riddle  - Thunder Cloud Studios 2008
Amazing Engineering Inspires Biomimicry
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Image - Uzma Khan


Image: Jay Beiler

Spring wildflowers - Cahuilla Indian Reservation Anza CA

Funny Cute Critter Photographs

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How can people who claim to be environmental activists and on the side of everything ecogreen even look at such photos and find  inspiration to engage in foul vulgar speech, decadent behaviour, destroy someone else's property, defecate on a police car, etc, etc, etc, etc ? The reality is that such Nature Snapshots should inspire behavioural conduct as encouraged by another long forgotten text in which even the traditionally religious have forgotten.
"On the other hand, the fruitage of the spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faith, mildness, self-control. Against such things there is no law." Gal  3:22-23
So one wonders what has happened. Apparently the Native American effort to spotlight ecology & Nature failed since the oil will flow anyway. The area of the protest encampment was an ecologically sensitive wildlife habitat before and now it's an environmental catastrophe ruined by ideologically driven party animals claiming to be something they never were. Maybe the Native Americans will think twice next time about who they invite to the pow wow. People all around the globe are going to have to start questioning who and what organizations they are associating themselves with if they truly love Nature. While certainly many folks out there are sincere in their love for nature, most of the environmental movements have mutated into a kind of political ideology bent on destroying those of an opposing side they feel murderous hatred towards. They have used Nature & Science as a tool or crutch to lean on in justification of this hatred. Far from John Lennon's imaginary peaceful world vision, mankind is now far deeper into the cesspit of murderous hatred. Seriously folks, flick on the News & ponder where this world is headed. As for Science being the answer for fixing things ?



This is in addition to my previous post on this subject which deals with some of the stupid science arguments which have actually harmed rather than helped Nature 😏
How dumping the "Argument from Poor Design" dogma might just help the planet


Saturday, March 11, 2017

How dumping the "Argument from Poor Design" dogma might just help the planet

Fact: Trashing Designs found in Nature for the imaginary purpose of scoring Brownie Points against religious fundies has had a Degenerative Trashing effect on the Earth
Illustratiom by bookofbadarguments.com
https://bookofbadarguments.com
The online 'Book of Bad Arguments' link above is an interesting read if you've got the time. It really illustrates just how twisted this world has become when it comes to people coming up with all sorts creative ways to justify a worldview. The lengths and idiocy to which some will argument is nothing but time wasting because it so often falls well short of reality. Today I watched a video posted by the California Native Plant Society's chapter of San Diego. It's an organization which is dedicated to the promotion of native California plants. But only Cal-Natives. That's kool, I love cal-native plants. But like so many organizations championing any kind of cause today, they are generally intolerant of any other types of ecosystem plants being introduced into the urban landscape within California. Okay, I get not wanting something to escape into the wild and becoming a terrible invasive problem, but not every exotic plant is going to be a problem plant. Well anyway, watch the video below, it's only about a couple of minutes.



I understand the benefits of planting natives to the area in attracting all manner of native wildlife to your landscape. My mum's yard has  both natives and non-invasive non-native plants accompanying them which have similar environmental requirements. The various local wildlife (birds, insects, reptiles, animals, etc) also utilize them as well. We've never experienced any problems. But now take special note here of the lady said in this quote below:
"What if people said, 'We should just wait for the Monarchs to throw a random gene that will make their caterpillars be able to eat something other than Milkweed. I'm not willing to take that chance."
Seriously, a random mutated gene ??? Do people still think this way now ? Unbelievable, in this day and age with regards the increased study and understanding of genetics and the part of genetics called epigentics which in actual fact purposefully engineers incredibly ordered changes influenced by any number of stimuli from environmental cues as opposed to the past historical ignorant belief of copying errors caused by dumb luck doing wonderfuk things for no logical reason. Buy why would she use such unscientific nonsense terminology which started out decades ago as nothing more than some group minority's worldview ? Brilliant scientific research by dedicated serious scientists have long since proven this to be false. Nevertheless, such religious doctrinal dogmas diehard. This thinking is so ingrained into many folk's psyche as the result of early indoctrination at elementary school, that clearly many people later in life need to go through some type deprogramming therapy before being re-educated about how our natural world really works. The big question here is, how does one go about experimenting or testing for random mutations caused by dumb luck and expect to obtain any beneficial innovation by practical application to result ? You don't and that's why we experience a natural world various ecosystems that are completely unraveling before our very eyes because we have a Scientific Orthodoxy out there promoting nature as flawed, imperfect and badly designed and that only intellectual humans can fix those flaws. But insisting Bature is flawed only seems mask the gross imperfection of human ignorance on the subject about how our natural world really works. Take for example the world's biotechnology industry. Biotechs justify their existence and methods of technology because they say changes in life happen all the time by means of something called Horizontal Gene Transfer. Hence their transgenic manipulation of organisms is justified in their worldview because it happens in Nature. Except that leads to the assumption that their services  really are needed or the world fails. Take the following example below of this subject, "Argument from Poor Design" which like Junk DNA, does nothing more than hide and sweep under the rug the scientific community's past ignorance and stupidity from decades past.

GMO apologetics are based on this unscientific dogma, "Argument from Poor Design," which is exactly why these geneticists, biologists and other researchers employed by the various biotechnology companies confidently justify all their valuable time playing the gene manipulation game because in their corrupted view of the natural world, it's Nature that is flawed, poorly designed and only their collective credentialed genius can fix those glaring imperfections. The reality is, very few of these genetics engineers have any clue or understanding of how whole plant ecosystems actually function and maintain themselves out in the wild. Yet, in their worldview, Nature is flawed and their collective genius can provide the correction. Seriously ??? 😨 Take a look at this promotional advertisement below on Monsanto's work to gene manipulate crop plants to withstand the present and future global warming.

Advertisement - Monsanto

This is Monsanto's latest development of their infamous "Droughtgard Hybrid" crop seeds. They've informed the public that they only want to feed the world and there's this new problem that hinders this goal and it's called Global Warming. Okay, I understand that. But take a look again at their promotional advert above. They explain that in order to create drought resistant crops like maize or corn or soy, they need to acquire a special stress response gene for encoding cold shock protein B (cspB) from a soil bacterium, Bacillus subtilis, and then insert it into some corn variety's genome. It's also known as “RNA Chaperone” RNA Chaperone from Bacillus subtilis. Yet one wonders why they went to all that time and expense in developing such drought tolerance when Nature has already had these drought resistance tools for countless 1000s of years ? Research time is lengthy and expensive because the seed patenting most often runs into the millions of dollars for biotechs. The real problem is that these researchers are in charge of providing their corporations with a regular consumable product. That ensures an annual profit year after year. But these transgenic seeds are also engineered to work in conjunction with a plethora of other consumables like synthetic science-based fertilizers, insecticides, herbicides, fungicides, miticides, etc. This further ensures huge annual profits for their employers. Yet nature while complex, takes an easier road and is far more sustainable when left alone. Take the mycorrhizal experiment below by the University of Florida on drought resistance and heat stress with Corn. Here, nutrient and water uptake are improved between 200% to 800% depending on environmental soil conditions and drought tolerance is achieved in one single season, not decades of transgenic manipulation and cross breeding.

Image - Mycorrhizal Applications Inc

I have absolutely no problem with any kind of business venture researching, developing, manufacturing and selling a product for profit. But at least when a company like Mycorrhizal Applications Inc develops, manufactures and sells a product for profit, their product doesn't trash our planet. This reminds me of that discussion line of debate from a scene in the Sci-Fi film Jurassic Park. 😆
John Hammond: "All major theme parks have delays. When they opened Disneyland in 1956, nothing worked!" 
Dr. Ian Malcolm: "Yeah, but, John, if The Pirates of the Caribbean breaks down, the pirates don't eat the tourists."

Oddly enough, most all of these biotechs know and understand that the microbial community within the soil is the most efficient and safest way to accomplish good farming, but until now have refused to admit this to the public just how dirty their formula for industrial farming really has been to our natural world. Interestingly, some are now attempting a public relations stunt to colour green their image as promoting that they were always on board with microbes all along, but they then spin how it may not have always looked that way at the beginning. It's all about smokescreen folks. The facts bare out that their version of worldview about nature being inept and flawed has brought incredible ruin to our planet through their industrial rose coloured vision of things. 

Now while many are now just starting to admit designs copied from nature really have brought incredible advancement, economical savings and enhanced ecological benefits, more has to be done in a hurry. Here are just three more examples of incredible design copying from Nature which has saved some industries millions of dollars and helped vastly improve the environment.

Airbus A380 winglets, inspired by the Steppe Eagle
During an Eagle's flight, the feathers on the tips of it's wings are practically verticle. This configuration gives maximum lift with minimum wing length. Engineers have studied such soaring birds such as eagles with a view of designing more efficient aircraft. The introduction of modified wing design that includes winglets has improved aircraft performance by as much as 15%. Planes can now fly farther and carry more passengers while saving fuel. In the decade following the introduction of up turned wing tips, airlines worldwide saved six thousand seven hundred million liters or two billion gallons of jet fuel. But the eagleäs amazing design is not limited to flight. As the eagle descends upon it's prey, it's eyes continuously adjust to maintain sharp focus throughout the approach. What man made camera ever comes close to this rapid refocus ?

Mercedes-Benz bionic car
"The concept models of the Mercedes-Benz bionic car are appearing as part of the "Design and the Elastic Mind" exhibition at New York’s Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), which showcases innovations in the fields of design and science. 
Bionic Car ConceptOne of the highlights of the exhibition is the Mercedes-Benz bionic car, which was first unveiled in June 2005 at the Innovation Symposium organized by Daimler AG in the US capital, Washington DC.   
Engineers, designers and biologists at Mercedes-Benz worked hand in hand to develop the Mercedes-Benz bionic car. Its template was a sea dweller from tropical latitudes: Ostracion Cubicus – more commonly known as the boxfish.  
Despite its unusual-looking shape, the fish is extremely aerodynamic and can therefore move using a minimal amount of energy. It is also able to withstand high pressures and, thanks to an outer skin consisting of hexagonal bone plates, can survive unscathed following collisions with corals or other sea dwellers."
(Source: carbodydesign.com)



"The Shinkansen Bullet Train which belongs to the West Japan Railway Company is the fastest train in the world which can travel up to 200 miles per hour.   
While they were designing the bullet train, they had a massive problem. The train was very noisy. Every time the train came out from the tunnel, the air pressure changed which resulted in large thunder claps. This noise caused residents a quarter of a mile away to complain.   
The train’s chief engineer and a keen bird-watcher turned to nature to see if they could find something travels quickly and smoothly between two very different substances. They found out that the shape of a kingfisher’s beak was ideal for this situation. Their beaks were ideal because a kingfisher will dive into a body of water to catch a fish with very little splash.   
Once they had copied the shape of the kingfisher’s beak, they modelled the front of the train from that design. Not only did this design result in a quieter train, it also made the train use 15% less electricity while travelling at a speed 10% faster than what it was originally designed for."
(Source: technologybeyond)

Suddenly now we are seeing a surge in all types of Biomimcry organizations claiming they've known all along about the benefits of designs found in nature, but they often refuse to disassociate themselves from the "Argument from Poor Design" dogma. When I've read some of the nature design celebratory articles published by the Biomimicry Institute and their author Janine Benyus, and asked this question aout past worldviews, all I ever get are 'cricket sounds.' Any time I've ever pressed any of the other so-called Biomimicry organizations about this same subject, they too simply refuse to respond. It would appear that deep down inside there is just a little bit of nostalgia for that old time religion. But that old time religion's days are numbered. The Earth can't handle their worldviews anymore. While there has been some push forward in a positive direction from the examples above, it's more than likely not enough. This respect for natural designs in nature should have been followed decades ago.

Now for those who think I'm kidding or exaggerating about the degenerative side effects of pimping one worldview over another causing a serious infection within the Scientific Community, take real close look back at an old well known animated TV commercial from 1977 by Chevron promoting their Ortho agricultural division's products which were created & justified based on the religious blind faith concept of Nature being poorly designed until their industrial science White Lab Coats stepped in and saved the day. Seriously, pay real close attention as to their twisted opinion they had of nature back then as being inept at growing things and making the consumer wonder how life was even able function prior to these guys at ORTHO coming along and saving the day.


We who are old enough to remember these worldview re-educational infomercials saw this barage of propaganda day in and day out for a couple of decades. For many today the answer for correcting the mistakes of the past is unbridled angry Eco-Activism protesting everything and anything. But that isn't a viable answer either. I'm finding it's turning more and more people off towards an  ecological stewardship of earth far more than it's converting the public to get on board. Why ??? Because we are now living in a time where people find it hip to promote themselves as overly sensitive and outraged at the drop of a hat. Any little news report item today that even remotely has the mere appearance of being  out of place according under the new rules of definition shell gaming, must be watered down, because even if it's the glaring in your face factual indisputable Truth people still freak out. There are however many sincere ecology minded people who genuinely do care about the environment, but are paying the price for some of the people they've invited or allowed to come on board their Cat Stevens "Peace Train" to fight the evil industrialists. Here's one glaring spotlight example below that's recently been in the News and caused incredible anarchy which has resulted in terrible ecological destruction.


Trust me, many of the Native Americans do not feel the same way about the white outsiders who took the initiative and invited themselves to the Dakota 'Burning Man Festival', I mean Standing Rock Pipeline Protest. 
Stay tuned! 😸
Update - March 3, 2017
Eco-Activism: Inspiring Mankind to Embrace Nature ???

Friday, February 24, 2017

All the King's Horses & Men will never put Earth back together again

"Gentlemen may cry, Peace, Peace — but there is no peace."
 Patrick Henry, March 23, 1775
Patrick Henry, in his famous "Liberty or Death" speech may have had in mind some of the biblical text examples of where the false religious prophets were trying to calm the fears of ancient Israel's citizens by providing them with a sense of false security, only later to watch the nation completely collapse under the brutal seige of their enemies.  Makes sense since most folks were more traditionally religious in those early times. Lately I've been finding today's News Media, Politicians, Clergyman & Business leaders will also often water down the dire warnings of Global Ecological & Social Collapse by telling people things are not as bad as they first thought and that they actually have solutions for fixing the problems. Kinda reminds me of those old "People Do" Chevron TV commercial P.R. Ads showing how much their dirty oil business cared about cute little animals. Remember this from 1986 ??? The cute little kit fox being given synthetic science-based manmade burrow box dens within the massive oil field complex in the southern San Joaquin Valley near Bakersfield was one of my flavourites.
image - vintageadbrowser.com

Today there seems to be another strategy trending in the news media today where many articles appear to be watering down the real dangers and previous dire warnings of impending ecological collapse. Especially where climate change is the subject. First, there are the environmental folks telling us that the solution for sustainability is massive wind turbine farms and solar farm infrastructure. Seriously ? Does people really want to see massive amounts of industrial infrastructure throughout the rural countryside ? Below is the new face of the industrial complex's, "People Do" public relation advertising.


The New Look for "People Do" Ads ???

The idea of course with most industry advertising is to clean up their not so clean environmental image so as to promote eye appeal. Throw in some flowers and pristine blue sky and the thought is conveyed that using this product is good for the environment. Unfortunately the reality on the ground often out of sight is far different than what we were told in the Ad or TV commercial.

image - directindustry.com

California Flats Solar Project


The second major problem are those who deny there is any sort of environmental problem on earth in the first place. People should be capable of coming to the conclusion that there is clearly something wrong in the natural world from the things the see around them in real time going wrong and failing. For example the millions of dead and dying forest trees, the lower annual rainfall totals (or extreme weather events which flood & destroy) and clean water availability, claims that climate change does not make drought worse, etc, etc, etc. Here is how climate scientist Michael Mann expressed it not long ago:
“What is disconcerting to me and so many of my colleagues is that these tools that we’ve spent years developing increasingly are unnecessary because we can see climate change, the impacts of climate change, now, playing out in real time, on our television screens, in the 24-hour news cycle,”
Author Tom Roberts
His concern is certainly legitimate and logical. It's also something I have been saying and writing about for well over a decade now. Future ecosystem degradation was revealed to me by San Jacinto Mountains wildlife biologist, Tom Roberts (now an author in the Bay area), back in 1982 where he told me that Idyllwild would loose all it's  giant Ponderosa and other pine species and the Giant Sequoia would be the best replacement. At the time such a suggestion seemed absolutely impossible to believe. Everything looked so clean and pristine. What was he seeing that I couldn't or wouldn't ? Nevertheless I've have personally observed the fact of his 1982 claim when I visited Idyllwild California back in 2014. Huge trees everywhere have died or are in the process of dying.

Photo - theguardian.com

‘A Walk in the Woods’: The Hiking tale that takes a few missteps

So how could we illustrate how people everywhere should have been keenly aware of where things have been going wrong for a very long time now ? Clearly most folks have been purposefully turning a blind eye because responsibly looking ahead would have been inconvenient to one's personal lifestyle choices. Same is true for many other calamities that may come in one's life like HIV, Lung Cancer, Sclerosis of Liver, Diabetes, etc, etc, etc. People who succumbed to such consequences turned a blind eye to the clue-like early symtoms way back when. Let's illustrate our natural world's climate change decline from the film with Robert Redford and Nick Nolte called, "A Walk in the Woods." So take an innocent enough walk in a forest and what happens if you disrespect and ignore numerous warning signs of potential danger ahead. What would most folks think if they saw a tree like this one below?


Looks harmless enough on first glance and almost unnoticeable to the average novice hiker. But some of us would understand that this is the tell tale signs of perhaps a grizzly bear marking the boundary of his territory. But we continue on anyway.

Credit: Alexander Kopatz (Phys.org)

Yup, here comes another sign. Most would also pass this up unnoctied and if they did see it, would also discount it as anything of import. They might even reason that it could be hair from some harmless feral cow. 

image - bearsmartdurango.org
Now this next sign is hardly a harmless cow patty, meadow muffin or prairie pizza. This comes from a whole different type of animal. Something big and not necessarily a strict herbivore. Still, many folks out there won't be a scat (poop) expert and will discount it as a harmless creature of nature, say maybe a deer. Of course deer droppings are far different to those that know what they look like from experience. At this point an experienced hiker would be very alarmed when coming across this type of specific poop scenario.


Image - North American Bear Center

Now this next one is much spookier. If you stumbled across such a giant "Big Foot" type paw print, you have to know you are close to the point of no return. If you are rational, you would suddenly realize that you are pushing it if you discount this poop sign and continued forwards along this same pathway. At this point from here forward you know a different course is advisable. Can you imagine someone going forward anyway and all the while comfortably reasoning there is no danger whatsoever ???

Associated Press File

The famous, "Bart the Bear," on movie location in Haines, Alaska, 1993

Finally at this point looking forward, it's clear the danger is real and it is also apparent that you mostly likely have reached a point of no return. Seriously, on a hiking path in the real world of Yellowstone National Park, if you suddenly and surprisingly stumbled around the bend on such a sight as this one and the Grizzly sees you, you come to the quick realization that you are more than likely toast. You also realize that the point of no return was a couple of signs back. You had opportunity to change your direction but refused. You could try to out run this potential calamity but it's probably too late and the Grizzly is too strong and powerful anyway. You might get lucky if you could jump of a cliff into a lake (just like the movies), or find a crevace or slit in some rock face or boulder outcropping, or perhaps climb a tree that this large beast couldn't. But even then such narrow escapes only delay the inevitable. So it would be reasonable not to be a stupid hiker in the first place. Right now we are just a couple steps beyond the Grizzly paw print.


And here we are!

California’s 70 Million Dead Trees: A ‘Botanical Emergency Room’
Short Excerpt from the article:
"Until recently, strolling through a California forest meant walking in dappled light along a path strewn with leaves or pine needles."   
"But across the state, once-towering pines have collapsed, their desiccated limbs sprawled across forest floors. Toppled oak and tanoak trees, their trunks bleeding, decomposing from the inside out, litter the ground.  Choked with the detritus of at least 70 million dead trees, vast tracts of the landscape have become a botanical emergency room, parched by drought, invaded by damaging insects and infected with a deadly organism that may have piggybacked its way to the state on rhododendron leaves." 
"In many communities of the central and southern Sierra Nevada range, “80 percent of trees are dead,” said Ken Pimlott, the state’s top forester as director of Cal Fire, the state forestry and fire-protection agency. “There will be no conifers [there] when this is done.”
Wow, "In many communities of the central and southern Sierra Nevada range, 80% of the trees are dead." & "There will be no conifers there when this is done." I've written about this subject previously (HERE) . Many on the Ecology side attempt to put a happy face on the matter by downplaying the severity of it all. They tell us that beetle infestations are a natural occurrence and that life will find a way. Then the Climate Change denier's strategy is to smokescreen things, definition shell game other things and deflect attention away from the true causes. In otherwords, "We've always had change in the environment, so this change this is nothing new." Wow, where have I heard that before. (2 Peter 3:4)  . Yes it's a biblical text here, but that is because as a rule the majority of those who claim there is no problem with climate change are quite often the very people who themselves claim to be bible believers. I've no problem with that, but I'm just saying. 😕 *sigh*
Will mankind ever be able to tame the beast they've created and learn to live with it ? True, only time will tell. But time is also fast running out.