Saturday, June 04, 2011

World Environment Day (WED) is June 5th, tomorrow.

 

It’s not looking good and it shouldn’t be presented as though it is. 

Considering the horrible state our environment is in and what little governments, business, and individuals are willing to do to stop Climate Change there isn’t much to celebrate. 

Reports and studies I have read about the state of our environment and what can be done seem impossibly framed as if we have the will and capacity to actually make a dent in the various environmental issues around with world—loss of biodiversity, over population, pollution of our land, air, and water—that will all compounded by Climate Change. 

We are a delusional species bent on wanting our cake and eating it too.  Despite the positive wording that we can save our forests and our oceans and create a sustainable existence with a few simple steps, it is not so. 

Environmentalists are getting murdered.  There no lessening of carbon dioxide in our atmosphere even though a recession should have squelched people’s ability to pay for more greenhouse gas (GHG) put into our air.  The public refuses to change how they get their news, even though their present news is blinding them with ideologies that reinforce the delusion that fossil fuels are OK and the future is bright. 

The future isn’t bright for our environment, and we shouldn’t feel festive.  I don’t think that those organizations trying to get the public engaged on our environmental issues should bend over backwards to frame our environmental plight in a ridiculous fashion where only a few simple changes in our lives will make our environment sustainable.  This isn’t even close to being true. 

We nearing critical tipping points, where species will disappear from our planet, where our oceans are acidifying rapidly and changing all life in them, and our planet is warming up at an alarming rate.  We should start focusing on the problems at hand and finding a way to tackle them in the face of very powerful polluters and ideologies that think less government and more freedoms for corporations to do anything to make a profit should rule. 

We have yet to get serious about Climate Change and our other environmental issues. 

World Environment Day - United Nations Environment Programme "World Environment Day (WED) is an annual event that is aimed at being the biggest and most widely celebrated global day for positive environmental action. WED activities take place all year round but climax on 5 June every year, involving everyone from everywhere. WED celebration began in 1972 and has grown to become the one of the main vehicles through which the UN stimulates worldwide awareness of the environment and encourages political attention and action. Through WED, the UN Environment Programme is able to personalize environmental issues and enable everyone to realize not only their responsibility, but also their power to become agents for change in support of sustainable and equitable development. WED is also a day for people from all walks of life to come together to ensure a cleaner, greener and brighter outlook for themselves and future generations. Everyone counts in this initiative and WED relies on you to make this happen! We call for action – organize a neighborhood clean-up, stop using plastic bags and get your community to do the same, plant a tree or better yet organize a collective tree planting effort, walk to work, start a recycling drive . . . the possibilities are endless. Check out the WED pack for interesting suggestions on what you could do Whatever you do, tell us about it! We will post your activities on this website and make it part of the Wide World of WED map. So what are you going to do for WED? "

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