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Our climate is changing rapidly

By Central Somerset Gazette  |  Posted: September 06, 2012

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It is the time to do all we can to educate ourselves about climate change.

Climate change is the cause of extreme weather events worldwide and will be the driving force behind rising food prices. It seems likely it is melting Arctic sea ice that is profoundly affecting the jet stream, causing more droughts in the US 'breadbasket,' and more wet and cold summers in Britain.

Our world is changing beyond all recognition, and more rapidly than we expected. We thought we had more time to respond to such events, but the work of many scientists is showing acceleration in the rate of climate change.

Meanwhile, not only in Britain and the USA but around the world, attention continues to be focused upon economic growth. The subject dominates the news as the unquestionable and taken-for-granted goal of governments and business, ignoring the fact that economic growth is the major force behind climate change.

The economy can grow, but not in the way it has. Economic action must shift from the unsustainable and polluting practices it has employed in the past to growth within the boundaries of the Earth economy. Like the traditional farmer, we must understand that the amount we can get out of a field is based upon the creation of long term fertility. We cannot cash in all the nutrients at once or we will destroy the field. We must carefully nurture the field so that it produces increased harvests by careful husbandry over the long term. In this case, the field is the entire planet, and we have been taking short term profits by cashing in its energy reserves.

The results have now come home to us. The emission of greenhouse gasses from our industries is warming the earth at a tremendous rate. The consequences of our actions will destroy the biodiversity we need to live. The most fragile ecosystems like coral reefs and rivers will be the first to collapse, followed by oceans and forests. The multi-million year old evolution of humanity upon planet Earth will come to an end because we grew too quickly in our industrial age.

We must stop thinking about economic growth as a means in itself for our well-being and concentrate instead upon it as the means by which we live in balance with the ecosystem of the Earth. Our artists, songwriters and poets need to be inspired by it and lead us into action. Our writers, academics, film and documentary makers need to focus all their efforts upon it.

Our scientists, economists, engineers, school teachers, churches, temples, mosques, educational institutions, research establishments, military institutions, work places and businesses should have balance with Life on Earth as their primary goal. All our efforts need to be directed towards living in a wise, co-operative, reciprocal, protective, sustainable and equitable harmony with Life on Earth. We will have to do it eventually, so why not start now?

Nicholas Mann

Hexton Road

Glastonbury

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  • TJC_69  |  September 08 2012, 5:03AM

    It is the time to do all we can to educate ourselves about climate change. Climate change is the cause of extreme weather events worldwide ( Unproven , citation needed ) and will be the driving force behind rising food prices.( No , thats capitalist greed ) It seems likely it is melting Arctic sea ice that is profoundly affecting the jet stream,( Source ?? ) causing more droughts in the US 'breadbasket,' and more wet and cold summers in Britain. Our world is changing beyond all recognition, ( No it is'nt ) and more rapidly than we expected. ( Just because of 1 lousy summer right ? ) We thought we had more time to respond to such events, but the work of many scientists is showing acceleration in the rate of climate change. ( Hmm , the same scientists that only get funding in the first instance under the hypothesis that climate change is already a given , and they are funded to bias findings towards it ? Oh , those scientists ... ) Meanwhile, not only in Britain and the USA but around the world, attention continues to be focused upon economic growth. ( Since the year dot , nothing new ) The subject dominates the news ( Oh yes , the news is NEVER biased at all is it ?? ) as the unquestionable and taken-for-granted goal of governments and business, ignoring the fact that economic growth is the major force behind climate change. ( Citation needed ) The economy can grow, but not in the way it has. Economic action must shift from the unsustainable and polluting practices it has employed in the past to growth within the boundaries of the Earth economy. Like the traditional farmer, we must understand that the amount we can get out of a field is based upon the creation of long term fertility. We cannot cash in all the nutrients at once or we will destroy the field. We must carefully nurture the field so that it produces increased harvests by careful husbandry over the long term. In this case, the field is the entire planet, and we have been taking short term profits by cashing in its energy reserves. ( Agreable to a point , obviously we have to stop relying on fossil fuel in any case as it's non renewable ) The results have now come home to us. ( Nope , still unproven in any given scientific unbiased working model but let's continue ... ) The emission of greenhouse gasses from our industries is warming the earth at a tremendous rate. ( Again , unproven , citation needed , or are you just inventing these ' FACTS ' ) The consequences of our actions will destroy the biodiversity we need to live. The most fragile ecosystems like coral reefs and rivers will be the first to collapse, followed by oceans and forests. The multi-million year old evolution of humanity upon planet Earth will come to an end because we grew too quickly in our industrial age. ( WOW !! This will ALL happen tomorrow !!!??? What WILL we do !!!!! ) We must stop thinking about economic growth as a means in itself for our well-being and concentrate instead upon it as the means by which we live in balance with the ecosystem of the Earth. Our artists, songwriters and poets need to be inspired by it and lead us into action. Our writers, academics, film and documentary makers need to focus all their efforts upon it. ( Space filler / hippy nonsense ) Our scientists, economists, engineers, school teachers, churches, temples, mosques, educational institutions, research establishments, military institutions ( Ah yes , Big Betty The Compost Bomb ... I can see it now ) , work places and businesses should have balance with Life on Earth as their primary goal. All our efforts need to be directed towards living in a wise, co-operative, reciprocal, protective, sustainable and ******ble harmony with Life on Earth. We will have to do it eventually, so why not start now? ( Wait ... I thought everything was all about to die tomorrow ?? That's what you were aiming for with your scaremongering right ?? Phew , I can relax then , thanks ! ) Nicholas Mann

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  • ccgwebmaster  |  September 07 2012, 3:46PM

    It's very late to start now. Either one is necessarily looking at geoengineering to save the sea ice as proposed by AMEG (http://tinyurl.com/czn5rjh) followed by very aggressive decarbonisation of the worlds energy supply and removal of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere to get back to safe parameters. Or one is looking at efforts to preserve at least something of civilisation for future generations, given the risk of losing it without having another Holocene in which to develop it again (see http://tinyurl.com/cwdt2xy for an example of a group taking this focus - but do note that this amounts to accepting failure and attempting to respond to the problems that will result, rather than trying to prevent them in the first place).

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