I’ve stood with Inuit elders by a great ice cliff in Greenland as water cascaded down and icebergs calved. It never used to melt, the elders told me. I’ve witnessed the shrinking of a Mount Kilimanjaro glacier. I’ve watched wildfires rage in Africa and in California. And I’ve seen the carcasses of animals who have died in droughts.
As I travel around the globe, people tell me how the weather patterns have been disrupted and the worst kind of hurricanes, typhoons and cyclones are getting more destructive and more frequent. It is because we are polluting and destroying the environment by using natural resources in an unsustainable way.
When I started my research in Gombe, Tanzania, in 1960, it was part of the forest belt that stretched across Africa. In 1990, I looked down from a small plane on an island of forest surrounded by completely bare hills. More people were living there than the land could support, so trees had been cleared to grow food or make charcoal.
In order to slow down climate change, we must solve four seemingly unsolvable problems. We must eliminate poverty. We must change the unsustainable lifestyles of so many of us. We must abolish corruption. And we must think about our growing human population. There are 7.7 billion of us today, and by 2050, the UN predicts there will be 9.7 billion. It is no wonder people have despaired. But I believe we have a window of time to have an impact. Here’s why I’m still optimistic.
The Resilience of Nature
Habitats and species on the brink of extinction can recover if given a chance. When I realized the plight of the people living around Gombe, the Jane Goodall Institute started a program called Tacare to help them find ways to make a livelihood that did not involve devastating the environment. As they realized that protecting forests is good not only for wildlife but also for their own future, they became our partners in conservation. Today we have Tacare in six other African countries, and the hills in Gombe aren’t bare anymore.
The Human Brain
How is it possible that the most intellectual creature ever to walk the earth is destroying its only home? There has been a disconnect between our clever brains and our hearts. We do not ask how our decisions will help future generations, but how they will help us now, how they will help our shareholders, etc. Yet every day we are also inventing technology that enables us to live in greater harmony with the natural world (clean energy, for example). Those same communities around Gombe are using smartphones and satellite imagery to monitor their forests and set aside village land for regeneration.
Danish people try out bicycles being set up to produce electricity in the center of Copenhagen, Denmark.
These networks have enabled us to connect on issues in a way never before possible. It was the People’s Climate March in New York in 2014 that showed me this in real time. People posted and told others to join them, and what was supposed to be a march of 100,000 turned into one of 400,000.
The Power of Young People
I started Roots & Shoots—a program in which kindergartners and university students alike choose projects to make the world a better place for animals, people and the environment—in 1991 when I realized how many had lost hope. It exists now in more than 50 countries, and many participants are working on climate-change-related issues.
If we all get together, we can truly make a difference, but we must act now. The window of time is closing.
How do we stop trade wars influencing government policy in respect of the government/business nexus and unquestioned belief that economic growth is power and stability? How do we prevent citizens from being caught in the cross fire in yet another war based not on defence but business interests? This issue becomes more complex when we look at acquisitions, cross ownership, controlling shares in businesses that keep changing with powerful global players. The world becomes a chess board, less about nation states and more about retaining or expanding control and influence. This is the nature of economics.
So how do we bring in accountability and ensure real democratic processes of checks and balances? A central intelligence question!
It is alleged by a few articles that the CIA was involved in fanning the flames for the pro-democracy movement in Hong Kong and China. I have included from the Sydney Morning Herald article a few links refering to Donald Trump and the trade war, which in my view, is the real war behind this uprising.
From a peace perspective what I see is two countries and one system of totalitarianism enshrined in government and totalitarianism enshrined in corporations influencing government. I speak about the law of attraction as a universal law where like attracts like, what you think about you bring about through focus as we influence events by our attention and intention. It is evident in the dispute between China and the US that like attracts like. in this case a domination agenda appears to be the purpose of this clash, a fight for supremacy and it is a mirror. The 5G issue is considered critical from the perspective of controlling the IT global grid (matrix), data gathering, automation and artificial intelligence in cyber wars as the perceived theatre of war. The Chinese government according to the US military are ahead of the US in 5G and there is concern that the leader position technologically means the domination of networks, apparently there is no second place in this war game. So this is a power struggle.
What concerns me always is the people are used in these conflicts as pawns in counter terrorism strategies to destabilise the perceived ‘enemy’ rather than working on transitioning our world to cooperation and peace. In an enlightened world we would be looking at changing the rules (laws) to ensure truly free trade that benefits people, changing the United Nations (free of corruption), a world free of corruption, stopping foreign government interference in sovereign domestic policy and curtailing corporate control (acquisitions, assets) preventing corporate concentration of wealth as this influences governments. This is another line of control.
There is much work to be done if real peace is the final goal out of this emerging global conflict which is inflamed by vested interests whom do not have a genuine desire for democracy on any side. Often playing both sides against each other. For other interests over and above government are interested in the collapse of both. This is how a separation consciousness can be controlled and greed is the tool that moves people to take sides rather than a neutral third party.
It is the people who want democracy believing it is freedom but what we are seeing in the West is the loss of freedom of speech, weakening or criminalising whistleblowers, data gathering breaching privacy, profiling and tracking citizens, the weakening and corporatisation of the social welfare system and the privatisation of public assets (without distributing yields) which weakens the voice of the people as they are not able to hold government to account in the public interest. So behind the facade of so-called democracy is another control paradigm that works along the lines using silence weapons for quiet wars. I cannot verify the legitimacy of this paper below but it raised my awareness to an end game possible scenario that both the US and China may wish to contemplate in respect of the implications of 5G. If accurate, it is a zero sum game where no-one wins. Why zero sum? The real goal of life is freedom to be who you are, no-one can experience this is a Brave New World scenario. All become imprisoned as paranoia rules. Is this what is truly wanted on both sides? What is the fear driving the cyber wars? How to resolve the conflicts for the higher good of citizens? This is posted in the public interest for public discussion http://www.stopthecrime.net/docs/SILENT%20WEAPONS%20for%20QUIET%20WARS.pdf..
So rhetoric about a genuine belief in sovereignty and democracy is held up to the light of further questions. I have concerns about media spin and third party countries involving themselves in global disputes because they are compromised by powerful countries rather than operating as sovereign. There is the more proactive option of offering to mediate disputes to ensure bullying is not the modus operandi of power as this becomes a fight to the bottom.
Be mindful that all this conflict is happening as the ice caps melt. Always my mind turns to where all resources would be going if we had peace and social harmony as the real balancing point (justice) in the world where scales are rebalanced, Efforts and resources would be directed towards restoring the natural balance e.g. planting forests (CO2 extraction), living sustainably (decentralised eco villages and smaller communities not mega cities), ecological marketing (not infinite growth marketing) as this encourages expenditure on needs and wants in harmony with nature. The focus would be on directing consumption towards ecological balance not IT markets to sell more products as the last boom as they are addicted to wealth and power not transformation. This is the bottom line that no-one wants to examine as public attention is on trade wars with the same rhetoric that no longer works.
The ecological collapse and human imbalance are the real wars going on in the background. It is the war against ourselves where no-one wins as we are in denial about who we are, what we truly want and the empowerment of citizens to live to their full potential. It is not about endless trade wars it is about infinite possibility when we recognise real freedom is to know thyself and be true. Instead we continue on economic treadmills of consumption (growth), then look at population issues rather than ecological footprint per person. We consume too much and this false abundance is what fuels population. This combined with the lack of education of women and the inequality there.
We have not learned that until we come into homeostasis with the planet (balance) the wars that play out in the media, in the cyber reality (fake) and on the ground are distractions from real transformative change. The real disruption would be to business-as-usual and financial concentration as we move to disperse more fairly incomes that send demand and supply signals empowering a renewable system that preserves not only the planet but restores balance between all cultures so that we can learn to live together as one. The key to whether this is happening will be around wellbeing and happiness. These are the signals of alignment. Pleasure and staving off the feeling of ‘not enough’ are the signals of unconsciousness, identifying with material wealth and poverty. Inequality is the imbalance, powerlessness is the felt imbalance and to know thyself and be true becomes the empowerment that transforms our world. It is nonviolent, principled and peaceful in the true sense. We have barely begun to understand yet an awakening is occurring globally.
What could be considered the ‘good’ coming out of this US/China trade war and the disruption of Hong Kong is a global movement for real democracy (freedom) whereby those observing around the world can see that they have real power when they come together peacefully rejecting totalitarianism (visible and silent). They are learning to take back their power to recognise they are not weak and for the sake of the future of their children. Then communities can start to focus on turning this Titanic (sinking ship) around from the biggest fastest ship to a lifeboat that floats the whole of humanity and sail into a renewable future that will look very different to the one we are living through. That is my vision.
This statement below is an example of the voice of real democracy,.It is about true freedom of speech that does not seek to criminalise, demonise, bully but truly allows those we disagree with express their viewpoint. Interestingly the quote is from a woman not Voltaire as thought. I see the woman who holds the scales as lady justice. The clashing up of opinions is what expands civilisation…
I Disapprove of What You Say, But I Will Defend to the Death Your Right to Say It
Voltaire? François-Marie Arouet? S. G. Tallentyre? Evelyn Beatrice Hall? Ignazio Silone? Douglas Young? Norbert Guterman?
Dear Quote Investigator: Would you please explore a famous saying that apparently has been misattributed to Voltaire: I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.
The words above reportedly originated with an English author named Evelyn Beatrice Hall in 1906. There is a different version in French, but I do not think it is authentic: Monsieur l’abbé, je déteste ce que vous écrivez, mais je donnerai ma vie pour que vous puissiez continuer à écrire.
Here is one rendering in English: Monsieur l’abbé, I detest what you write, but I would give my life to make it possible for you to continue to write.
What do you think?
Quote Investigator: Voltaire was the pen name of François-Marie Arouet who died in 1778. The earliest evidence of the saying appeared many years afterwards in the 1906 book “The Friends of Voltaire” by S. G. Tallentyre which was the pseudonym of historian Evelyn Beatrice Hall. Her book described an incident involving the French philosopher Claude-Adrien Helvétius who in 1758 published a controversial work titled “De l’esprit” (“On the Mind”). The book was condemned in the Parlement of Paris and by the Collège de Sorbonne. Voltaire was unimpressed with the text, but he considered the attacks unjustified. After Voltaire learned that the book by Helvétius had been publicly incinerated he reacted as follows according to Hall: 1
Another quote that I find interesting is: “the love you withhold is the pain you carry”.
This article below is from the Sydney Morning Herald and reports the CIA involvement. I have added an additional link for public comment regarding alleged CIA involvement in the Tianamen Square conflict.
One further message to the CIA/FBI/5 Eyes surveillance network/Chinese Communist Party/business interests:
Those who express counter views are not the enemy they are teachers, This is part of the rebalancing of nature as we live in a system of duality. The central intelligence question is:
Are you learning from critical opinions or suppressing/harming those you disagree with?
When you discover the wise agreement you will win/win. It is my desire you win/win.
Chinese state media blames CIA for violent Hong Kong protests
Beijing: China’s official newspaper The China Daily has accused the CIA of being behind “extreme acts” by Hong Kong protesters in an editorial warning Beijing has the capability to bring Hong Kong under control.
The editorial on Friday came as the Chinese propaganda machine stepped up the rhetoric against protesters this week, after the Chinese national emblem was defaced at Beijing’s office in Hong Kong during protests dispelled with tear gas and rubber bullets on Sunday.
The consulate said it supported the “spontaneous patriotic behaviour of Chinese students” and “firmly opposes any words and deeds intended to split China”.
On Friday, China Daily wrote about the situation in Hong Kong: “It does not take Sherlock Holmes to conclude that the CIA has been – to whatever degree removed – behind the more extreme acts [of protesters].”
It said that the mainland has “so far remained restrained despite all the provocations, does not mean that it has no capability to bring the situation in Hong Kong under control.”
On Friday a protest was held at Hong Kong’s international airport.
Global Times ran a front page story predicting “large scale violence” in Yuen Long in the New Territories on Saturday, with one headline warning “PLA involvement debated to end turmoil in HKSAR”.
Police refused to authorise a planned protest in Yuen Long against Triad gangs on Saturday, that is expected to go ahead regardless. There has been a wide backlash in Hong Kong to the violent attacks by white-shirted men in Yuen Long that left 40 people with injuries on Sunday night.
“Debate is growing over whether the central government should deploy the People’s Liberation Army to end the chaos as soon as possible,” the Global Times story said.
But the veiled threats in Chinese media that the PLA could be deployed contradict statements from the Hong Kong government, which on Wednesday dispelled rumours the PLA would be used to guard the Legislative Council and other key buildings as “totally unfounded”.
In Hong Kong, New Territories North Acting Regional Commander Tsang Ching-fo said police will be deployed to Yuen Long to prevent violence on Saturday, and conceded police handling of attacks on July 21 didn’t meet public expectation.
Umbrella movement founder Joshua Wong said the Global Times was encouraging mainland Chinese people to travel to Yuen Long ahead of the planned protest, after it published an article that suggested Yuen Long egg rolls were the best souvenir for mainland tourists going to Hong Kong.
Global Times editor-in-chief, Hu Xijin, argued the PLA garrison shouldn’t be used as “Hong Kong’s police back-up” and the Chinese mainland needed to be patient.
People’s Daily had earlier in the week delivered a stern condemnation on its front page of Sunday’s graffiti attack on the national emblem as “openly challenging the authority of the central government and touching the bottom line of the ‘One Country, Two Systems’ principle.”
On Friday a Hong Kong appeal judge overturned the convictions of two police who had been sentenced to jail for assaulting a protester during the 2014 Umbrella movement protests. But five police officers were returned to jail for the attack, with sentences reduced.
The Australian Government has to think very deeply about what is important and what is not? If only our leaders could see through Sir David Attenborough’s eyes and awaken to this emergency. Australia is going to be hard hit by climate change and we are still supporting the Adani mine, still supporting resources extraction and a disproportionate influence by the energy industry.
It takes great courage to put the future of the children ahead of short term interests. Those who do will never be forgotten.
We need to be able to express how we feel about climate change and we need to be free to speak, free to go onto the streets, free to speak to others as we want our world to change in a direction that serves the majority of people, not industries alone.
Interestingly, Sir David speaks about slavery – the ownership of people. I felt that even employment is a form of ownership which translates into control and a suppression of our human feeling and natural freedom. We are nature. We have to remember the important balance, the importance of policies that do not promote greed, growth but reform our system to be able to recalibrate with natural systems. I sense the leaders do not know how to look out of the box we have travelled in for centuries. We are going to need leaders who are visionaries with the knowledge to be able to recognise the importance of real sustainability rather than business economics who have no idea of the great impact coming. The greed becomes a barrier to real change.
The video below features a few experts commenting on the times we are moving through. The selfishness and greed of economic narratives are the barrier to healing our planet. Yet until we look into ourselves, become very still, speak our truth and work together it is a struggle to the bottom. What sort of world are the children going to inherit? The lower video is David Attenborough speaking to a Parliamentary inquiry.
One of the World’s experts on the dynamics of our planet, David Attenborough. Here is a video on climate change. I certainly can feel the heat. I wonder if he will get the Nobel Peace Prize for his educational work informing us about nature. Watching this film with its brushstroke across the world from the perspective of a biologist given a deeper impression of our footprint. I think about the butterfly effect and can see it works in nature. When you think about self interest can you make the quantum leap to best interest? Global temperatures have risen 0.6 degrees (average) since 1900. David asks how can such a small increase create such havoc. He speaks of places cooling and then refers to the Arctic warming by 3 degrees. The environment is highly specialised and he describes the extraordinary animals living above and below the ice. He has explained the Arctic is melting so fast that the wildlife is under threat, especially the animals at the top of the food chain, the polar bears. As the ice melts earlier each year mothers are finding it harder to provide for cubs.
Here is a video featuring David Attenborough. We must wake up!
SINKING THE PLANET
Are you top of the world,
Can you see the northern lights?
A ribbony weave waving
providing a natural display of great beauty,
Yet the ground feels unstable under my feet,
As the ice is melting,
The polar bears are starving,
As climate change is the Mount Everest of humanity
that cannot be climbed in a day,
For mountaineers are no longer adventurers with the courage
to acknowledge the peak in CO2 emissions,
As denial provides the immunity from an
Yet the ice caps are unable to cap trade,
Humanity is unable to understand the missing links,
The feedback loops,
The wildlife pressures in search of diminishing food stocks,
Because of Earthâ€™s dynamic climate, winds and atmospheric pressure systems experience constant change. These fluctuations may affect how our planet rotates on its axis, according to NASA-funded research that used wind and satellite data.
NASAâ€™s Earth Science Enterprise (ESE) mission is to understand the Earth system and its response to natural and human-induced changes for better prediction of climate, weather and natural hazards, such as atmospheric changes or El NiÃ±o events that may have contributed to the affect on Earthâ€™s rotation.
Changes in the atmosphere, specifically atmospheric pressure around the world, and the motions of the winds that may be related to such climate signals as El Nino are strong enough that their effect is observed in the Earth’s rotation signal, said David A. Salstein, an atmospheric scientist from Atmospheric and Environmental Research, Inc., of Lexington, Mass., who led a recent study.
From year to year, winds and air pressure patterns change, causing different forces to act on the solid Earth. During El Nino years, for example, the rotation of the Earth may slow ever so slightly because of stronger winds, increasing the length of a day by a fraction of a millisecond (thousandth of a second).
Issac Newton’s laws of motion explain how those quantities are related to the Earth’s rotation rate (leading to a change in the length of day) as well as the exact position in which the North Pole points in the heavens (known also as polar motion, or Earth wobble).
To understand the concept of angular momentum, visualize the Earth spinning in space. Given Earth’s overall mass and its rotation, it contains a certain amount of angular momentum. When an additional force acting at a distance from the Earth’s rotational axis occurs, referred to as a torque, such as changes in surface winds, or the distribution of high and low pressure patterns, especially near mountains, it can act to change the rate of the Earth’s rotation or even the direction of the rotational axis.
Because of the law of “conservation of angular momentum,” small but detectable changes in the Earth’s rotation and those in the rotation of the atmosphere are linked. The conservation of angular momentum is a law of physics that states the total angular momentum of a rotating object with no outside force remains constant regardless of changes within the system.
An example of this principle occurs when a skater pulls his or her arms inward during a spin (changing the mass distribution to one nearer the rotation axis, reducing the “moment of inertia,” and speeds up (increasing the skater’s spin); because the moment of inertia goes down, the spin rate must increase to keep the total angular momentum of the system unchanged.
The key is that the sum of the angular momentum (push) of the solid Earth plus atmosphere system must stay constant unless an outside force (torque) is applied, Salstein said. So if the atmosphere speeds up (stronger westerly winds) then the solid Earth must slow down (length-of-day increases).Also if more atmosphere moves to a lower latitude (further from the axis of rotation), and atmospheric pressure increases, it also gains angular momentum and the Earth would slow down as well.
Other motions of the atmosphere such as larger mass in one hemisphere than the other can lead to a wobble (like a washing machine with clothes off-balance) and the poles move, in accordance to the law of the conservation of angular momentum.
Salstein looked at wind and pressure measurements from a National Weather Service analysis that makes use of a combination of ground-based, aircraft, and space-based observations. The measurements for the Earth’s motions come from a variety of space-based measurements including satellites, like those in the Global Positioning System (GPS), the geodetic satellites that included records from NASA’s older LAGEOS satellite, and observations of distant astronomical objects using a technique known as Very Long Baseline Interferometry. Understanding the atmospheric pressure patterns, moreover, is essential to interpret results from NASA’s Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment (GRACE).
The fact that the two vastly different systems, namely the meteorological and the astronomical, are in good agreement according to the conservation of angular momentum gives us assurance that both these types of measurements must be accurate. It shows, moreover, that changes in climate signals can have global implications on Earth’s overall rotation.
NASA’s ESE research focuses on the changes and variability in the Earth system, including atmospheric, oceanic, and geodetic areas. This research was recently presented at the annual meeting of the American Meteorological Society in Long Beach, Calif.