1970s – first images of Mars – desolate landscape
20xx – last images of Earth – desolate landscape?
Impossible? Unlikely? Perhaps —
When the environment goes – Flora goes – Fauna goes – Man —-
Let’s consult the shaman – his bet is as good as any – wonder what the bones would reveal.
What are your thoughts on this – fight, flee or fold?
Tomorrow: Fallen Grace
Touching tribute in my heart, I was just reminded again about the rape in a way of our earth for metals and the destruction of a mountain. In my current place of residence Utah there is a place I used to ride a dirt bike when I was a teen, It is buried under thousands of feet of rock from a once mighty mountain that once stood
behind it. The Bingham canyon Copper mine is one huge scar on our Earth. When people fly in the damage can be clearly observed and is often a highlight for many as they gaze in wonder and awe at the power of mans creation and the destruction it sometimes brings. Man can move mountains as I have seen and anybody that would like to yet I have to wonder what makes us think we are superior to nature. We are part of nature aren’t we. A beautiful post Eric as I feel the sentiment expressed in such a profound way.
Thank you, Joe, for your visit and sharing this about Utah.
I think many countries are moving – albeit slowly – with regards to saving the environment. The fear is – is progress too glacial. When I read of the devastation wrought in the Amazon jungles – scary.
Peace and blessings,
The money men are too big too fight, Eric, the ones who rape the land for all they can eke out of it… be it fracking for gas,or trawling the seas in big factory ships, now they’ve come up with an idea for scraping the sea floor for minerals.. . Where will it end?.. as you describe?… With deserts?… Nothing living in the mighty oceans and seas?.. . By the time there are repercussions the ones who are despoiling this planet will be long gone and future generations will be counting the cost.. we can all try our best to do what we can, but I live in fear… for Mother Earth herself.. xPenx
What you say is ominous but let’s hope it does not come to pass as such.
The monied people are powerful, true. A head on collision, we will surely lose. See how the ant brings down an elephant – know that story – I have a theory.
Went will we learn that nature is finite ?
Good question, Willow dear.
I think most of us know but some, simply don’t care.
There are huge prehistoric copper mines near the Great Lakes that no one can explain, the pyramids in South America have large mica insulators in them, very out of place for a Temple … People have left their mark forever, some day we will learn we are part of the Eart, we do not just live on it. … Thanks for raising awareness, it seems many are trying to soften their steps
Trust all is well.
That is interesting – prehistoric copper mines near Great Lakes. The mica insulators in SA, yes, I recall reading about this sometime ago.
True, what you say, about people leaving their marks. Some leave art and works of wonder – but of some works, we wonder.
All good wishes,
Doing fine here enjoying the spring after a long winter ! All the best to you as well
Very insightful. Fight!
Like your style – straight to the chase – Fight 🙂
P/s: Loved your recent post > “Earth Day Resolution”.
This one got us all thinking. I enjoyed your exchange with Ron. Here in Austin, Texas we have a tree ordinance – all trees over 9‘’ caliber are protected. If one is cut down to accommodate development its demise has to be mitigated by generous replacement planting.
I also grew up in a landscape destroyed by coal mining. It is now restored to rolling green hills but I am also reminded that, much as we detest environmental destruction, we all benefit and use the products which come from it. There is fine balance between the cheap luxuries which we demand and the consequences of obtaining them. We can’t put our heads in the san, even if it is churned up, as in your picture. I advocate starting with ourselves and changing our consumer expectations and letting this trickle into changes in environmental protection globally.
Yes, Ron adds value to my posts whenever he comments.
There are definite intiatives that are followed through in several countries – true. The same here in Singapore, which I am proud of. However, much more needs to be done.
Can’t disagree with what you say – about the products and services that we all enjoy from the wealth extracted from Mother Nature. Many of us are doing our small parts – recycling is one movement in the right direction – and much more remains.
We play our part and also highlight the issues, and letting people find their own means – as I sincerely believe, the vast majority cares for the environment. Perhaps, daily grinds distract and some need reminders until it becomes a way of life.
Peace and blessings this Sunday,
It starts with love and respect for each other and this beautiful planet on which we thrive – well spoken my lovely buddy Xx
That’s it, Jane, buddy 🙂
It starts with self —-
Luv and hugz,
Ooh, that’s really good! I love the line ‘carving vulgar art on living land!’ – that’s a keeper.
Hello, Mrs Reynolds – I love your little fairy tales and am following your blog 🙂
Glad this line caught your eye.
dare one mention that elephant in the room – fecundity? Create less people, create less needs/greed/pollution/packaging/mining/resoruces etc.Simples!
p.s I marvel at your way with words
Hello, Laura (I believe)
Thank you for your visit and kind compliments.
Yes, what you say is interesting – much of our “needs” are actually our “wants” – therein lies an explosive debate.
I believe if we teach our children about nature, and organic gardening, and working for what we eat instead of plastic food in plastic boxes so we won’t consume so much for the greed to spread and infect the earth with the terrible disease that man can be, but be beneficial to the earth by helping it grow lush and green and take care of it instead of throwing our dirty laundry on it, and learn how to listen and feel it with our bare hands and feet, then we can make this earth healthy. There is hope if everyone that knows has heart and shows.
I am starting a free organic gardening class for kids at a community garden. Supply them with knowledge.
powerful piece Eric. I’m grateful for the many that take a stand openly, and those that take a stand by love of the land and making it healthy by living on it as Stewards. I pray for peaceful co-existence with the earth and all that share it.
Same here, Jeanne (geezergirl1),
I marvel at all the people who work tirelessly to blunt the excesses of greed. We can all contribute in every which way – congruent to our talents and resources. I’m passionate about environment but refrain from turning this blog into a ‘in-your-face’ platform – there are so many other fine platforms that do a better job.
Peaceful co-existence — nice sentiment, I reckon.
Hello, (musingnude) Hannah Chung – I believe?
Welcome aboard and lovely to have you here.
It is encouraging to learn that you are actually doing something to help our environment to heal. As several other commenters here said, every effort – small or big – counts.
Wishing you all the very best,
Yes and you as well. Spread the word, spread the knowledge. Thank you!
You should send it to our politicians here in Australia. Mining greed has almost ruined our country. Landscapes are full of skimps from mining and it is sad to see what has happened to our landscape.
I have a brother living in Sydney, a sister in Perth and my elder daughter in Brisbane – and try to keep abreast of Aussie news. Read quite a bit about what the mining industry is up to.
I don’t disagree per se with extracting wealth from the land or sea. But the issue is, how to temper that extraction so that we don’t ruin what our children inherit and how do we ‘restore’ the environment. Business people go for what is cost effective and expedient – these have obvious negative consequences as can be seen.
Politicians? You have better chances talking to a tree or a mountain!
Fine poem. And it addresses a key issue. And to see the destruction of OUR earth, and to let it happen, and to see it as just a problem of greed… well, somebody ought to write a poem
Thank you Bumba,
For your sharing and – perhaps you would like to give that poem a try. Round up GP, he is good help – and I mean this with all sincerity.
Peace and blessings,
Can’t we write letter to the government to stop such act?
we are called to be stewards of the land, not destroyers. It is important to consider the cleanup as part of the cost of extracting resources. My secret hope is that they mine the asteroid belt. I know I am a dreamer, but…..
Very true Bill, “stewards” is the appropriate word – not “lords”, as most believe and behave.
The asteroid belt is an interesting thought and one can only guess at what could happen during this century – after all, from powered flight to lunar landing took but —-
I used to read about Laurens Van Der Post and Shackleton and other explorers and for me the last frontier was always space.
there’s so many obstacles, radiation exposure on the trip being the main, but still it always seemed worth the adventure.
Another question is why we are extracting so much from the earth’s crust? We need to reduce that directly.
I think we must never give up on ourselves or the planet. Each person should do the best in their corner of the globe and spread good ideas by example. And when it is voting time, we need to get out there and vote according to our conscience.
Blessings ~ Wendy
Wise words, Wendy,
There is much one can do. Each to his own and each do the most he/she can.
Peace and blessings,
This has become a global scamming issue. Fight yes! but its not a one man battle.. hope all human would understand setting aside greed, corruption and violation for their very own existence.
You show up as Anonymous – I don’t normally let through “anonymous” comments – but what you say is all true.
Yes, I believe when you say ‘fight’ – not with violence but ‘fight’ via all other avenues open to us, I reckon.
I say we fight to stop the madness.
Every drop counts, every voice counts, every little effort adds up – I reckon. Ultimately, our actions and inactions decide on what we leave for our children.
That’s is true
Ah, came through a second time 🙂
Know what you mean … so sad ’bout my beautiful AB, Canada … the oilsands … the over fishing … the seal hunt … the brutal cattle breeding programs … guilty, but still have so much love and hope for this country … I think, I’ll stay …
Yes, back in the 1980s, I’ve seen documentaries about how they kill baby fur seals – brutal and heart wrenching, to say the least. This ‘harvesting’ as they refer to it, is still on-going, I gather.
There are many countries where businessmen continue to rape the land/seas and riches of Mother Nature – and protected by politicians.
We in fact have to live with it all. Thanks for highlighting.
Hmmmm, if that is your take, okay. I believe you have valid reasons – would love to hear them.
I too see these. One of these day I shall be writing my experiences also. Thanks.
Greed seems pervasive.
Pervasive is the right word, Juliana, and these perverts are feted on magazine covers as role models.
I grew up in an area where strip mining took place for years. This was before the coal companies were made to fill in what they dug out, and to add new trees to replace the dead ones. It was a sad situation back then.
Yes, and I believe many unsung heroes contributed to that welcomed change. I believe strip mining is banned in many jurisdictions now – but this tenchnique is ‘exported’ to third world countries. I know that some countries, such as NZ, have strict tree planting laws – love visiting NZ and one of my favourite holiday destinations.
In Singapore, we’ve had tree planting since the 1960s – a conscious government driven effort to balance rapid urbanisation. Though, admittedly, some quarters feel that more can be done.