Category Archives: Environment

Rotoroa Island - Rototoa Island Trust

Rotoroa: Creating a novel ecosystem

: Rotoroa Island - Rototoa Island Trust

I like this story: for far too long people have ben accused of ‘playing God’ whenever they’ve tried to do something positive for our natural world. On the other side of the fence sits the business-as-usual crowd wilfully destroying habitats and species so that the economy can keep growing. Here at last we may be seeing a far better approach. Michael 🙂

Great Green Wall

This article is from 2012, I’d never even heard of it, but it’s an excellent idea. I was in West Africa a few years ago, including Senegal ~ many of the people are poor, living mostly subsistence lives. I’ve also experienced the increasingly-frequent sand-filled winds blowing from the Sahara to the Mediterranean, they are hard work. Mike 🙂

Water World and the impact of climate change

Image: Image from MacMillan New Zealand World Atlas, p. 48

People in the industrialised world often don’t understand why climate change might be of any concern. Too often they frame their viewpoint in terms of how it affects their wage packet, or maintaining their daily lifestyle; that is understandable. It’s the only reality they might know.

But people on the other side of our planet have a very different understanding of reality. This is something we would like to share with you. Climate change is real, our weather patterns have changed; sea levels are creeping up, sometimes substantially. The salt affects what will grow in our already-poor soil; and may well kill the food crops that are already producing fruit. Now you might not care: you just go to the supermarket and shop … we often have no shops. Even if there is a small store the food has to come from very far away, adding further to greenhouse gas emissions. It doesn’t work.

The consumer world’s activities may well cause us to lose our homelands and the burial grounds of our ancestors. Please wake up. Thanks. 🙂

The Guardian: Losing paradise – now by Climate Change

David Hill: Palm oil fields in Peru

Palm oil yet again

Image: Four oil palm plantations connected to the Palmas del Espino company are proposed in the northern Peruvian Amazon. Photograph: David Hill/David HillFour oil palm plantations connected to the Palmas del Espino company are proposed in the northern Peruvian Amazon. Photograph: David Hill/David Hill

Although this is potentially dire for the Peruvian Amazon ~ I’m very encouraged to read about the approach of some administrators. We can see normal political trickery in approving the destruction just before going out of office. All too often nothing would have been done about that & it would remain the status quo. This time though folk are saying ‘hang on, that’s not right’. Even more interesting is that they will investigate previous permissions to see if they honoured the law. They have my support for that approach. Mike 🙂

The Guardian: Peru to investigate palm oil permissions

Emperor’s New Clothes? : Death of an illusion?

At last 🙂 Here is evidence for what we’ve been saying all along. Thank you Steffen et al for digging out the data 🙂

For me personally this is even more ‘wonderful, amazing and several other adjectives’. Why? Because it is exactly my lifetime. I’ll also make the point, that perhaps is mentioned in these science papers, that the rate of change was not consistent over the period. When I was a child food and many other resources were still rationed (post-WW2 shortages), so even though we had Peace, we had very little else. Also very few people had cars, there were no such things as ‘package holidays’ or tourists. Few even travelled far beyond their own villages; no such thing as commuting. I lived in Singapore for a while: the flight from Britain took 5 days ~ we had to keep landing to refuel. In 1950 the global population was 3 billion (so it had doubled since 1900), however, much of it was still artisanal, low tech, buying local produce from local shops. Food prices were almost constant: my mother could give me the exact money for the things she asked me to buy from the shop. Somwhere around 1960 a ‘Wimpy-burger’ opened in Lincoln: it was a restaurant: tablecloths, real cutlery, waiter service … just a new product for us to enjoy. ‘Fast-food’ all came much later.

Let’s just say that I was alive at the birth of consumerism; have watched its first stumbling steps; then becoming established; then a problem; then a very ignorant, greedy and destructive force e.g. chopping down trees to convert into chipboard to make tables that fell to bits when wet); and now a plague intent upon its own destruction ::: but our planet is at stake. Probably the cockroaches, viruses and grass will survive ~ they always do 🙂