I like the sound of this, takes the long view while attempting to address the issues of climate change and unemployment.
Seems like a no brainer to do something comparable here, the stumbling block of course would be the monetary end of it, what company gets to make a profit and how much rather than a true public works project.
This could very well be a government funded program seeing how it doesn’t have a problem throwing money at numerous questionable projects in lieu of one like this that has an obvious and immediate benefit.
An estimated three to six billion trees are lost annually in the Amazon rainforest representing an average of between eight hundred thousand to a million and a half per day according to 2005 estimates.
Rainforests compose something like six percent of this planets surface, yet they are home to approximately fifty percent of the world’s total animal and plant species while producing 20 to 30 percent of the oxygen we breathe.
Estimates are that if the current trend in deforestation continue rainforests will cease to exist in forty years.
If every person alive today would plant a tree for themselves and one for each of their children it could make a difference, it wouldn’t be a solution but an incremental step in the right direction and something for people to think about the next time they decide to cut down a tree.
If you have to have a real tree for xmas consider purchasing a live one you can replant.
I’ve always been amazed at what the natural world has to offer in the way of medicinal curatives – name an ailment and our mother the earth in all likelihood produces it.
An imbalance and possibly an inability to keep up exists though in the number of man made toxins produced.
With the destruction of the environment and medicinal treasure troves like the Amazon rainforests much is being lost, some of which has yet to be “discovered” by modern medicine.
Add to that some of the outrageous claims made by the “health and nutrient” supplement people and even more is being lost.
Attach the name organic or green to any product and it becomes instantly marketable, the latest fad sure to reduce weight, tone, strengthen, and beautify.
Sounds a lot like the pitch those traveling snake oil purveyors used to employ.
A current fad seems to be coconut water, I like coconuts and the milk/water they contain, but as I understand it it contains less than three percent of usable nutrients by volume – hardly a cure all or something that will enhance every aspect of a persons life.
At that ratio how much would a person have to drink to enjoy a benefit other than taste? A lot? And that translates to profit doesn’t it?
Ethanol is a classic example of “green” – it requires more energy and produces more pollution to manufacture than it does not to- I don’t see that as “green” or even something that makes sense to pursue.
What it does do is allow farmers who grow corn to be subsidized with a guaranteed market, not that I’m opposed to farmers, family owned farms as opposed to corporate owned characterized by gluttony and environmental indifference should be encouraged and assisted if need be.
We should all live green in as much as we can, we should all either grow our own garden or at least be truly knowledgeable about where our food comes from- a subtext of that would be to do the math and not buy into every claim the aforementioned make.
The impetus for this particular blog was the birth of a foal and a conversation about the natural antibodies that exist in a mother’s milk- amazing as it may sound among at least a few of the nations knew a human mother’s milk and the antibodies it contained could be employed as a remedy for a sty or other eye infection.
I don’t know what “science” would have to say about that and I don’t really care, no more than I care about their opinions related to our healing ceremonies.
Human beings are a culturally diverse species – we share common physical attributes, two arms, two legs, a total of twenty digits, and yet we can be radically different in language, customs, and even dietary requirements – but then the same could be said of birds and the commonality of attributes they share.
The dearly held belief that what set humanity apart was the ability to reason, a sense of self, and tool making is being challenged now – “science” is being dragged kicking and screaming into admitting what the nations and other cultures have always known – that all living things have a language, a way of communicating with their own species, that they feel and have emotions – are capable of grieving and understanding.
Humanity is said to be the most intellectually gifted, capable of logic and profound insights, creative and compassionate – the other side of the coin is that we are universally the most destructive, selfish, and self aware, as in ego.
If the bulk of humanity isn’t born with a sense of entitlement it is soon instilled – I am human hear me roar.
A roar that has been a death knell sounded in politically motivated wars, the extinction of fellow humans due to their culturally unacceptable diversity, numerous flora and fauna, and the ongoing rape and destruction of the very planet we all call home.
A roar equally as devastating as the sound of a chainsaw cutting down a rain forest, of the engines of industry spewing toxic fumes, or the silent but no less deadly roar of Drones indiscriminately killing combatant and non combatant alike.
Intellectually superior? Doesn’t sound like it to me. Add greed, avarice, and this sense of entitlement into the mix and what you wind up with is what we have today – a world attempting to hit the snooze button on the environmental dooms day clock greed created, a world where wealth and power dictate the course to be taken and the desires of the few outweigh the needs of the many.
The world is full of sound, some grating, some soothing, for the egotistically self aware the most important sound is their own voice – we might all be well advised to increase the amount of time we devote to seeking out those soothing sounds and do more than raise our voice but stir our bodies as well when it comes to those things of lasting value.
How predictable is this?
Going green which should have a huge environmental and personal finances benefit is going to be obstructed by the utility companies until a way is found that it won’t impact their profit margin.
What they call public service.
You can be assured legislation will be created at some point to insure that and it will be presented as being about jobs and the economy-the greater good being that corporations continue to hold their users hostage.
Various municipalities and states are even claiming they own rainfall, and you can be punished for collecting it-not a stretch to envision a time when the same claim will be advanced related to the air we breathe.
Every election cycle if someone asks me who I’m for I respond that every elected official holding any office whether local, state, or national should be voted out of office-the premise being that a message will be sent that political service isn’t a perk laden career but a responsibility to act in behalf of the electorate.
Two or possibly three such cycles and I suspect the message would be received and understood-then discussion could begin related to reasonable term limits and campaign reform.
I can’t speak to the road women travel from being girls to becoming
women, but I can about the road boys take to becoming men.
It is a road that begins at birth, and not always an easy one.
Some will make it and some will fall by the wayside.
Their journey will be influenced by such variables as the quality
of parenting, the examples they are provided, education, and the
physical elements of their environment- if they’re born with a silver
spoon in their mouth or a bottle of watered down powdered milk.
Some things can be compensated for to a degree- things like the powdered
milk or poverty-but an abusive home cannot.
Children are at once the least among us due to their dependency, but
also the most valuable, as they are the future that change will come
Not a one of them asked to be here, nor did they have option to
pick and choose where and what they would be born into.
That to me speaks to a tremendous responsibility on the parents
behalf-too often we hear that a child was an “accident”, not planned,
or maybe even conceived as a a result of rape.
As to accidents, in this day and age removing rape from the equation
it’s a little difficult for me to understand how a child could be conceived
“accidentally”, but I suppose it happens.
Yet the fact remains the nations have always referred to children as
a gift, as sacred-something too many among us seem to be forgetting.