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David Attenborough, Cher, Chomsky and Climate Denial

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!

 

My poem.

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

inconvenient truth.

 

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,

As stock and trade is the human food security,

Detached from the natural economics of supply,

For we keep demanding business-as-usual,

Unconscious of the sinking ship,

In a climate of real change,

As we wait to see who ‘will be the change’

of a new future and a new earth

of awakened stewardship.