Your Weekly, Sunday Interlude: “Mercy, Mercy Me”

Earth Day was yesterday and the anniversary of Prince’s death was the day before. And the filthy, hateful madman is in my White House. So many ways to go for this week’s Sunday interlude. But I went with the planet because that trumps (get it?) everything. Marvin Gaye, who left us too soon, inspires with “Mercy, Mercy Me”, released in 1971, and we’re still not taking our home seriously.

There’s something about the jazzy, funky and soulful sound that makes the issue of the planet’s health cool. And it has a rare line about human over-population, a terribly taboo subject today. “What about this overcrowded land? How much more abuse from man can she stand?”

Whoa, ah, mercy mercy me
Oh things ain’t what they used to be, no no
Where did all the blue skies go?
Poison is the wind that blows from the north and south and east
Whoa mercy, mercy me,
Oh things ain’t what they used to be, no no
Oil wasted on the oceans and upon our seas, fish full of mercury
Ah, oh mercy, mercy me
Ah things ain’t what they used to be, no no
Radiation under ground and in the sky
Animals and birds who live nearby are dying
Oh mercy, mercy me
Oh things ain’t what they used to be
What about this overcrowded land
How much more abuse from man can she stand?
Oh, no no, na, na na, na
My sweet Lord, na, na, na
My Lord, my sweet Lord

 

I was taught humans are stewards of the Earth. I can’t tolerate the devastation to our awesome planet, its water, air, land and other species. It’s why I checked the ego and chose not to make a mini me and why I don’t require animals to satisfy my belly.  These are the two greatest things to limit your footprint. Try it. It avoids a lot of personal denial. I don’t know what else to do, folks. Greed seems to have won.

I Love This Place: Why I Make My Environmental Choices

While I’ve been a striving environmentalist to the core all my life, I don’t write much about ecological issues. But my parents raised me as a steward of the Earth so I always consider the impact of my choices on the greater good, especially major choices. I do not have children primarily for this reason. Not only is our planet sufficiently populated with humans, I have seen our planet slowly dying or preparing to rid itself of us more every year and the human powers that be are ignoring it. I can’t bear what is happening and imagining my child having to endure a more toxic, more crowded and more cruel world would be unbearable and all-consuming for me if I had brought another life into this world. This Earth means that much to me. Those with children often defend themselves by suggesting their child or that generation might remedy these problems. But if you’ve been conscious of global news no more than the past decade, I believe mounting evidence to the contrary makes that opinion a huge gamble and mine an indisputable truth. Further, the Earth is beyond maxed out to house and sustain 8 billion people. It’s going to get a lot tougher very soon for all humans to maintain the quality of life any of us now alive have seen. I don’t mean to go all Debbie Downer here; I’m just being realistic.

I also am vegan because factory farms supplying animals for humans to eat is simply unsustainable. You have to suspend a lot of reality to consciously enjoy meat. I do not so I can’t eat it. Earth provides a vast richness of plants for our pallets to enjoy. It’s funny how today’s generations don’t think much about how they were manipulated by ad campaigns and political propaganda. And each generation is more played than the one before, building like sedimentary layers of mass mental manipulation. Two national efforts during and after World War II were for meat and the virtues of Capitalism. My dad often quoted one to his plant-eating daughter: “A meal without meat would be incomplete.” The other was about the wonders of Capitalism. Think Mad Men. The old films are just creepy but they crept deeply into our culture. Both became such a part of post WWII life, future generations think both are necessary and normal. Neither is true.

If I’ve riled the parents, carnivores, hunters and capitalists, I won’t apologize. But I am a liberal so I don’t want to take away your freedom to have Duggar-sized baby crops, a side of cow or a new set of antlers for your den. I don’t respect it, but it’s your freedom to choose. A day will come, though, in your child’s future when, in order to survive as a species, there will be new rules and laws. We will have no choice. If we don’t get a grip on polluting, populating and pillaging, nature will do it for us. She’s already set that inevitability in motion. We will need to partner or part ways.

My soul aches for the decimation of the planet’s life and beauty. BlogJne1IIGarbage swells in our oceans, coral reefs are dead and dying, oil has permanently mutated The Gulf of Mexico and nuclear waste has killed off much of the Pacific. (If you really feel OK with eating food from these waters, the Capitalists have snowed you well.) Rainforests are disappearing. Land and sea animals are suffering everywhere. Billions of animals are jacked with hormones and antibiotics to feed people cheap meat. Domestic critters are exterminated by the millions from unwanted over-breeding. People die en mass from starvation and pestilence here and globally. We have passed the point of no return.

Maybe I avoid the subject because of the pain is causes me and the futility I see for our survival. Maybe I just don’t want to be dismissed or ostracized as a Debbie Downer by those who wish to remain ignorant and maintain their status quo and the comfort and security they find in their lifestyle. These are only my views but, so far, I have been right. Sadly, I have underestimated how bad it would get even in my lifetime. This isn’t just our playground here to amuse our whims. We are stewards of this planet.

Sorry to bring anyone down. I really am a happy-clappy sort. I just feel so sorry for this place we call Earth and I love her so. If my writing helped sway anyone to do better by her, it’s wroth it. So for the remaining time I have to spend with my planet today, I am going to be outside, surrounding my senses with nature and thanking her. Peace.

Is Climate Change More Confusing with More Media Channels?

Is Climate Change More Confusing with More Media Channels?

Eighty years ago today, the east coast experienced the most devastating dust storm during what is known as the Dust Bowl era or the Dirty Thirties. A combination of severe drought conditions and poor farming practices desolated the plains’ farmland. If you’ve seen The Grapes of Wrath, you will remember this was one of the reasons for the Okies’ western migration. On May 11, 1934, a wall of dirt blew in from the west with terrifying squalls that darkened the sky like a long solar eclipse and shut down cities along the east coast.

The government determined poor farming practices was one cause and swiftly implemented sustainable farming practices, which restored agriculture and helped rebuild the lives of farmers, the economy and created today’s “bread basket,” which helps feed the world. http://youtube/EeeH2CcYCV0

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I don’t know anyone who denies poor farming practices contributed to the dust bowl. We don’t have dust bowls anymore so what we did must have worked. The government got the message to the people and got their support, even with a media limited to newspapers, word of mouth, movie new reels and only some with a radio or telephone. Plus, farmers lived with ravaged, barren soil and financial ruin and welcomed the help.

Like those folks in the 1930s, I don’t need a lot of science or news to tell me about the climate changes I see. The weather fluctuates more every season. Storms are wetter and bigger. Through the media, I have seen more frequent and severe hurricanes and massive chunks of icecaps falling into the sea, with marooned polar bears floating away. What the climate scientists say seems to confirm what my lying eyes see. Globalchange.gov has laid out steps needed to reverse the impact of fossil fuels, human activity and lifestyle choices on the planet. Yet the US remains the only industrial country without a climate policy for more than 30 years.

Does More Information Help or Hurt?

With thousands of virtual media outlets, we should be well informed. Yet between the changes in FCC regulations and the advent of the Internet, it seems easier for opinion or intentionally well-crafted “infotainment” or “newsiness” to be branded as fact with mass or even a niche appeal, particularly when each of us can choose what information sources to follow.

There are a lot of people in this country and in Congress do not believe science or what I see. I only hope if a dust bowl ever heads your way or your coastal home disappears below sea level, you will get off your smart phone and believe your lying eyes.  (Skeezix Bratt)

Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”  – George Santayana