Growth for the sake of growth is the ideology of the cancer cell. Edward Abbey

02 July 2003

There are around 500-million old computers now in storage in garages and cellars around the planet. Each monitor alone contains between 2 and 4 KILOGRAMS of lead. That' billions of kilograms of lead which - if it gets out into the environment - is going to cause devastation. Oh yes and lead is just one of the toxic substances in electronic equipment. Do we stop using computers or do we demand the computer manufacturers make computers that last longer and are easily updatable without having to buy new monitors and new casings?

Mobile phones will be discarded at a rate of 130 million per year by 2005. Is that new Nokia really worth it? That's another 65 000 tons of waste. You know what? Big business is not going to change. Their only aim is to make money. It is up to us to change the world. As long as we as consumers continue to consume at the current rate, we are self-annihilating.


Yes at the moment it's only snow leopards, pandas and wild dogs that are in danger of extinction. But 100 years from now maybe 200 or a thousand years from now. It will be all of us. And we will single handedly have destroyed life on earth. What idiots we are! What fools!

Today's hero: Karen Trendler who has (against many odds and despite opposition from many quarters) rehabilitated multitudes of injured and orphaned animals to the wild. Phambili Karen, Phambili Wildcare.