HUMANS ARE UNDERMINING EARTH’S BIODIVERSITY AND CLEAN WATER SUPPLIES

March 24, 2018

The United Nations issues four reports stating that the Earth is losing plants, animals and clean water at a dramatic rate.

The Americas, Europe, Central Asia, Africa, the Asia-Pacific: none are doing well.

Severe declines in the numbers of elephants, tigers and pangolins, the most visible and charismatic of the thousands of species that are in trouble.

Crucial habitat has been cut apart, alien species have invaded places, chemicals have hurt plants and animals, wetlands and mangroves that clean up pollution are disappearing and the world’s waters are over fished.

Man-made climate change is getting worse and global warming will soon hurt biodiversity as much as all the other problems combined.

“We keep making choices to borrow from the future to live well today.” Jake Rice, Canada’s chief government scientist for fisheries and oceans, who co-chaired the Americas report.

Are things pretty dire? “Yes.” Stuart Pimm, Duke University conservationist.

By 2040 the Americas will have 15 percent fewer plants and animals than now. Nearly a quarter of all species are threatened, nearly two-thirds are declining and more than one-fifth are decreasing strongly.

28 percent of the species living in Europe are threatened.

More than 20 percent of Africa’s species are threatened, endangered or extinct.

If trends continue, there will be no exploitable fish stocks in the Asia-Pacific by 2048. Around the same time, the region will lose 45 percent of its biodiversity and about 90 percent of its crucial corals.

The outlook is bleak if society doesn’t change. Robert Watson, team chairman, the Intergovernmental Science-Policy on Biodiversity and Ecosystem.

There are only 2 Northern White Rhinoceroses left in the world.

Only man and the pack rat foul their own nest.

 

SUDAN DIES

March 21, 2018

Sudan, the last male Northern White Rhinoceros.

“Utter tragedy today. We just can’t sit back and watch more species disappear.” Boris Johnson. British Foreign Secretary.

Timmy

You’d be 70 today.

Happy Birthday dear friend.

You weren’t supposed to die so damn young.

I thought we’d be old farts together.

But it’s just me turning old

while you remain forever young.

There’s nobody I can give a hard time to.

And no buddy that I have fun with like you.

I miss you pal.

The great under statement of 2017.

I love you Charles Timberlake.

December 23, 2107

It’s four years today that you’ve been gone Dad.

I’ve thought of you every day.

I miss you.

I love you.

Christmas just isn’t the same without you.

Neither are the other 364 days.

Your son, Jeffrey

In Memoriam John Fitzgerald Kennedy

In the summer of 1960, when I was 14, I saw and heard John Fitzgerald Kennedy when he spoke to the people of Cincinnati, downtown, at Fountain Square. He had such a beautiful voice

On November 22, 1963, a few months after I had moved to Tucson, I was running around the perimeter of Catalina High School with my gym class, doing the “grinder”, when kids started yelling out that the President’s car had been bombed.

When we got back to the locker room, Mr. Gridley came came over the public address system and told us all that our President was dead.

Some kid said “Good. He got what he deserved”. For the only time in my life, I snapped. I started beating the shit out of that kid. The other kids couldn’t pull me off of him. Finally, coach Cliff Myrick, a former Marine, disentangled us.

I wept that day. And I weep today as I type this.

I loved John Kennedy. He was my hero. The song of freedom and brotherhood that he sang, the belief he shared of universal betterment, rang true in my heart, in my soul. I believed then, as I do today, that together we can truly change the world and the way in which we treat one another, the animals and sweet Mother Earth.

The powers that guide the universe willing, the clear, fine song of equality and justice will be heard again in this land and there will be another great President who calls for understanding, tolerance and acceptance.

Be brave. Be strong. Dare the impossible. Stand by your truth, be it unpopular. Never lose your dreams.

I miss you John Kennedy. I hope you rest with the angels.

Albert Camus

Autumn is a second Spring when every leaf is a flower.