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

27 February 2007

Trying to plug a man-made volcano is like trying to stop the sun rising

Some genius (sic) engineers and scientists in Indonesia have decided to drop 1500, 400kg concrete balls into the mouth of the erupting mud-volcano in the town Sidoarjo, Java to try and stem the flow of mud.

Locals, supported by environmental groups, are suing a company - which has been drilling for oil and gas in the area - to pay compensation for causing the eruption of the volcano.

Some "experts" - ie scientists in the employ of the company of course - claim a complex set of "natural factors" caused the eruption. But PT Lapindo Brantas and Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono are in the firing line.

Let's hope the people nail them both and suck the company dry, like it is sucking the Earth dry.

I can't believe that they think they can drill for oil/gas near a volcano and not expect the Earth to fight back.

GO PLANET!

If people are not willing to defend the Earth, she is going to do it herself, whatever it takes.

22 February 2007

Tortoise flattened by truck 2

Here are some pics of the tortoise that was unnecessarily flattened by trucks/bulldozers erecting a R90million, imported, security wall around the presidency.

My posts of 1 Feb 2007 and 12 Feb 2007 refer.

Premise Five: The property of those higher on the hierarchy (in this case the president of a country) is more valuable than the lives of those below (in this case the trees and animals destroyed by the bulldozers). It is acceptable for those above to increase the amount of property they control—in everyday language, to make money—by destroying or taking the lives of those below (animals and trees in this case). This is called production. If those below damage the property of those above, those above may kill or otherwise destroy the lives of those below. This is called justice.

The quote above is from the book Endgame by Derrick Jensen.

Animals and plants, indigenous people, the poor, women, children, rivers and mountains have no rights. The only individuals who seem to have rights these days are the rich and powerful civilised people who rule this planet, also known as homo-destructus.

20 February 2007

Damn dams again

Two prominent leaders - opposing the US$1.8 billion hydropower dam being built on the Nile in Sudan - escaped assasination attempts last week.

Some 50 000 people, mainly small farmers living along the Nile will be displaced by the damn dam. An area rich in antiquities dating back 5000 years will be drowned.

The Merowe Damn is funded by the China Ex-Im Bank. Read about the assasination attempt in the Sudan Tribune. Read more about the damn at the IRN web.

19 February 2007

Botswana's Bushmen continue to be harassed


Survival International reports that six Bushmen have been arrested, starved and held for six days after police and wildlife guards accused them of hunting in the Central Kalahari Game Reserve (their ancestral land) in Botswana. They were then released without charge. Read more ...

Why do "civilised" people continue to abuse hunter gatherers? Because civilised people's lives are based on abuse. They know no other way. If only they would take some lessons from these incredible people who perfected the art - many thousands of years ago - of living without abuse, of living in tune with nature, of living free.

There are 100 000 Bushmen left in the world.

12 February 2007

Tortoise flattened by truck

My weekend was somewhat marred by visiting the "proposed" development site of south africa's new department of foreign affairs HQ. (A development I have been opposing.)

The highlights of my walk included a flattened young tortoise, most likely killed by a truck (currently on site to conduct geotechnical surveys). Or the guilty party could be one of the dept of public works vehicles (which are currently up and down the veld installing an extended security fence around the presidency). See my earlier post on 1 Feb about this development (sic).

The tortoise died trying to cross a dirt track in the veld. S/he would have been clearly visible to the driver who just didn't bother to go around the poor animal. No, he had to drive right over her/him!

Just two months ago, this site was a relatively-intact wildlife refuge in the middle of a bustling city. Today it is starting to resemble a death camp.

There are bodies littered around the veld. Aloes, trees (some 20 and 50 years old), grasses and tortoise corpses lie scattered across the altar of development. Development - the god which is worshipped by all of civilisation, along with the holy ghost - science, and the son of man - economics; as usual joined forces to destroy nature.

What to do? What to do? What are you doing to save the planet? When your great, great granchildren ask you why you destroyed nature, what will be your answer?

05 February 2007

Scientists offered cash to dispute climate study

Scientists and economists have been offered $10 000 each by a lobby group funded by one of the world's largest oil companies to undermine a major climate change report due to be published on Friday. Read more ...

Tankers May Ship Water to Parched Cities of Future

Fleets of supertankers could one day ply the world's oceans laden not with oil but fresh water.

Sound far-fetched?

In Paris on Friday the world's top climate scientists issued the strongest warning yet that human activity was heating the planet. They forecast temperatures would rise by between 1.1 and 6.4 degrees Celsius this century.

By 2100, water scarcity could impact between 1.1 and 3.2 billion people, says a leaked, related UN climate study due to be published in April.

China and Australia, as well as parts of Europe and the United States would face critical water shortages, it says.

Maritime experts say shipping water by tanker is one of the least eccentric ideas raised of late to counter acute shortages. Read more ...

01 February 2007

Presidential respect for the environment

Mbeki's erecting a new security fence around Bryntirion, South Africa's presidential house and golf course, here in Tshwane.

So he gets the "troops" from the Dept of Public (sic) Works to come and mow down everything in sight: from succulents, to trees, to tortoises, so that he can feel more secure.

Why can't developers (government or otherwise) develop in harmony with the environment, instead of running roughshod over it? Hmmmmm?

Look at this poor kiaat that they cut down. That tree is, was, several decades old. They just f---ing smashed it over. The branches are lying some metres away.

Elsewhere along the koppie there is complete devastation as well. Now as far as I know, many of Pretoria's koppies are supposedly protected, including this one. You may not destroy plants on these koppies and if you do have to remove a plant or animal, it is supposed to be properly located.

But I guess if you're the president of the country or the government or whatever, then these rules don't apply.

I think author Derrick Jensen is spot on in his latest book Endgame when he outlines premises upon which civilization is based. I quote one of those below, with my comments inserted in colour:

Premise Five: The property of those higher on the hierarchy (in this case the president of a country) is more valuable than the lives of those below (in this case the trees and animals destroyed by the bulldozers). It is acceptable for those above to increase the amount of property they control—in everyday language, to make money—by destroying or taking the lives of those below (animals and trees in this case). This is called production. If those below damage the property of those above, those above may kill or otherwise destroy the lives of those below. This is called justice.

I hate this society, and all I can do is appeal to the respective departments, post the images to others who care about the environment and write letters to the editor. What more can be done? What more? There must be something more I can do to protect the earth!