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

27 November 2008

Scientist suspended for speaking out

The Council for "Scientific" and Industrial Research (CSIR) has gagged and suspended a researcher who's warning that South Africa has used 98% of its "spare" water capacity and is headed for social turmoil if nothing is done to protect our water supply.

No one knows for sure, but it looks like he has caused some political turmoil among the haves of South Africa ... criticism is not good for them just before an election ... so now they are trying to shut him up.

I'm neither surprised nor amazed by this. People who speak out against the destruction being wrought on our beloved planet, by industry and their lapdog politicians are always gagged, brutalised and sometimes murdered - the world over.

Anti-dam activists in China have lost their lives speaking out against mega-industrial projects. Earth firsters in the US are defined as "terrorists" and many of them are sitting behind bars as I write: Daniel McGowan, Jeffrey Luers and others ... Indian environmentalists like Sunita Narain have had their families threatened and physically assaulted.

So today I pay tribute to Dr Anthony Turton for speaking up and speaking out. Isn't it amazing how short sighted people are, choosing political expediency over the future survival of their children and grandchildren?

Here is a fact or two for consideration:
  • we live on a finite planet, with finite "resources"
  • south africa's rivers and streams are highly polluted and at some point their dilution capacity will be compromised - there will be no way to treat them and clean the water for consumption
  • look north at the cholera epidemic, that is how quickly a country can collapse into chaos
WAKE UP! Stop suppressing the truth dammit!

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