Friday, May 28, 2010
”If Grace is with You look into her memories, see the world we come from. There´s no green there, they killed their mother.”
This is a quote from the film Avatar. Jake, a marine and an avatar is asking the tree of souls for help telling how the humans have destroyed their world.
Lately I´ve started to wonder how close we might be to fulfill that destiny in our world. Oil is now floating around in the sensitive wetlands in the southern USA and more is out there in the ocean. BP hopes they have stopped the leak, but no one can be sure for yet another week. Do they know if this mud lid they have made will hold for any longer time either? They weren’t especially honest when they asked for the rights to drill after oil and they said that this could never happen.
If it would happen they would be way to far out into the ocean so the oil would never reach the shores. That wasn´t especially true, was it? This company of incompetence is lead by a Sweed by the way. His way of meeting the criticism is to be quiet most of the time.
But we are also cutting down the rainforest all over the world in a high speed. What most people doesn´t know is that most of the rain falling there comes from the trees, not from the outside as I think most of us believe. When the trees are gone, so is the most of the rain. Instead of a forest there will most likely be a savanna at best, but can also become a dessert as worst. All people living there then have to move away and where will they go? Up north where it still rains, but will we let them? The trees are also big users of carbon dioxide, the green house gas that helps the world to get warmer. When they are gone the levels of carbon dioxide will rise even higher.
When the rain stops falling farmers then starts to use the ground water much more. They have now big problems in India with that. What will they do when the ground water is gone? They are almost as many as the Chinese people. How is it with the ground water level in China?
It has also happened that nuclear power plants break down. First on Three miles Island, but they managed to stop that in time. They weren´t that lucky in Tjernobil. We still have high radiation levels in some parts of our country. The strange thing is that most animals live and thrive in the area where there are the highest radiation levels. They live, but humans and birds die there!?
But then I drive to work in the morning hearing cranes shouting and see deer’s and foxes run around in the fields. Calves slowly waking up and almost every morning I see a new born foul when passing a stud farm, barly being able to stand steady for the first time :-) Then all hope for us return, at least until the next catastrophe comes around the corner.
Have a great day now!