According to scientists our planet Earth is hurtling through space at more than 1700 Km/hr, (just like a spaceship) taking 1 year to orbit our Sun. Additionally our solar system is orbiting a black hole at the center of our galaxy (The Milky Way) It will take 230 million years to complete one orbit of the Galaxy. Our speed and orbit are beyond our control.
What we can control
is the environment “societal and natural” aboard the planet Earth. The simple question we should be asking is can we peacefully coexist and manage the Earth’s environment and resources in such a way as to provide for the needs of humanity and allow for human evolution to continue and achieve its great potential. Humanity in its violent history has shown a willingness to wage war, murder whole populations, and plunder Earth’s resources, in order for individuals to acquire personal wealth and power over its people.
A serious obstacle to proper environmental and resource management on planet Earth is “Greed” and “Lust for Power”. How long will it take for humanity to understand that lack of good leadership equals more global warming and ultimate societal collapse. The prospect of world war 3 is growing as Nations seek to impose their ideological solutions on humanity.
That the climate aboard our planet is deteriorating cannot be denied. Global Warming is happening, extreme temperatures, ice caps melting, and sea levels rising. hurricanes and typhoons are devastating large areas of the globe, and are getting stronger each year. Forest fires are raging out of control around the globe partly due to Global Warming, partly due to poor land management and partly due to human encroachment on and destruction of afforested area’s. Large coastal areas are being flooded repeatedly, with damage to homes on an unprecedented scale. Rising sea levels will force millions of coastal inhabitants to flee from the rising oceans, seeking refuge in more hospitable environments. Whether they will be welcomed or not depends on our humanity. Many commentators predict that damage to the environment will lead to the extinction of all life on Earth. but just as happened after the Dinosaurs became extinct the Earth will recover and begin again, and that cannot be denied. With or without mankind (unless there is a cataclysmic space event) the Earth will continue its journey through the heavens.
With the world’s population expected to rise to 10 billion by 2100 The growth of the human population may prove the biggest threat to the continued existence of the human race. Ultimately the population must be controlled or nature will control it for us.
Apart from contributing to the damage caused by global warming The burning of fossil fuels such as Oil or Coal and solid fuel such as Turf or Wood releases into the air tiny particles which have a detrimental effect on the health of all life-forms. Whether we burn fossil fuels to heat our homes. cook our food, generate electricity, or fuel our transport we are endangering our health. The same applies to the burning of waste in incinerators. to generate electricity. Some of the gasses released during the combustion of fossil or solid fuels, rise into the upper atmosphere and create a blanket around the Earth, preventing excess heat from escaping into space. This is another reason for global warming. But the main concern should be the sickness and bad health such air pollution causes to humans.
Another act of international vandalism is the pollution of the land and the water table by burying waste in landfill sites leading to a significant loss of fresh clean water, The pollution of our oceans as we dump billions of tons of Sewage into our rivers and oceans. Overuse of pesticides and fertilizers on our gardens and farms which contaminate the water supply and kill insects and bees at the bottom of the food chain but which are essential for propagation of fauna and vegetation without which the environment is doomed. The building of factories and houses on natural floodplains without regard to the threat to life or the consequences of the loss of nature’s own water storage and purification process.
All human beings have a right to live in a clean, safe, and pleasant environment. We have a right to live in safe homes, breath clean air, drink clean water, Eat wholesome food, and move about in a safe and secure manner. We have a right to peace of mind, and should not have to be concerned with hidden dangers, to ourselves or our children. We have a right to expect that our government will not endanger our lives, but will ensure we have a place where we can shelter, raise our children, and enjoy the fruits of our labours without undue concern. We have a right to expect that governments will protect our environment and our heritage, for today and for future generations. Ireland has accepted and committed to protect the environment, under the Paris climate accord. Infrastructure and waste management is recognized as necessary (even urgent) but not in my backyard. Nimbyism is very much alive in Ireland. And to be honest government climate protection solutions are often made on the basis of political and economic corruption.