Archives for the month of: December, 2013

“Amazing. Contagious. Mysterious. Outrageous.” – said Nick Gardner

eradicating-ecocide

“It always seems impossible until it is done?” – Nelson Mandela

Can you make miracles happen?
I can’t… but we can?

At time of writing there are just 23 days left, to get a (seriously unfeasible looking) c900,000 more EU citizen signatures, and so initiate the vital process of making Ecocide Law.

But… we all have loads of compassionate and concerned friends… don’t we?

I have no idea how this miracle will happen, but, surely, it must?

To date, French have secured twice as many votes as the British? Sacrebleu.

Time to boot up the “Infinite Improbability Drive” from Hitchhikers Guide to Galaxy?

 

Many friends have been campaigning hard, for a year, and are tired. They press on.
But some of your friends out there can now make the (vive la) difference.

This J1P song and video, below, an attempt to spark votes, may yet be helpful.
It was my main early contribution:-

“Amazing. Contagious. Mysterious. Outrageous.” – said Nick Gardner

Thanks.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Ga8s3C-43I

Here is my late Solstice early Christmas Wish to you all
on this special day less celebrated (mid way between 21st and 25th)

That we follow the wisdom of a wee wombat and get it in gear

Global Wombat

Eric Alexander’s weather watch 2013

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Our atmosphere hit the 400ppm mark this year.
Many scientists have long warned that we would be very unwise to exceed 350ppm.

My friend, Eric Alexander, like me, is deeply concerned about “global weirding“. Over the years, like me, he has written to our local paper, the Bucks Free Press, to robustly challenge the steady stream of ludicrous letters that the paper still prints; you know the sort of thing, outwardly impressive sounding pseudoscience, claiming that manmade climate change is a hoax, and that it’s perfectly safe to carry on burning fossil fuels. (For a few dollars/barrels more?)

Well this year, every evening, Eric has been tuning in faithfully to the global weather forecasts that are available on some media channels. Al Jazeera, for example is particularly good source of daily weather reports it seems.  Eric has in effect been joining the dots – collecting – not just one or two examples – but ALL of the instances of (publicly reported news) of “weird weather” – happening now, outside a cinema near you – each day – on an almost daily basis.  By the end of December he will have compiled 2013 in summary.

Funny weather.  Weird weather. Weather events formerly known as “freak”.  He has been busily joining the dots – for everyone’s benefit – so we can see the big picture all at once – and start to raise the alarm that this “little” problem with Spaceship Earth’s climate control system ain’t going away.

I think that maybe younger people, busy, stressed, frenetic, and perhaps with shorter attention spans. or over-loaded memory space may have less focus and discipline to do this simple task.  Anyway, Eric has done it for us all.  We just need to read and heed it.

Perhaps you too will wish to share his news?  I hope so.

Anyone could have done this of course, but Eric did.
(Citizen science perhaps?)

The Good News, or the Bad News?

Yes, it certainly looks like very bad news.  But there is good news too – of course.  When we all truly start to face up to this rather alarming planetary health diagnosis – and accept that our business as usual “20 a day” (kg of fossil fuel)”smoking” lifestyle is going to kill us all – and most other beings on our planet – for all time – then we just might start to do something about it.

Eric lives in High Wycombe with his wife Frances Alexander, founder of the Wycombe Environment centre (EcoBuzz)

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My daughters Martha and Grace a few years ago – enjoying a visual representation of one kilo of CO2

The below (unedited) is Eric’s latest weather watch report (to end of November) – I will keep you posted:

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Derived mainly from Al Jazeera’s English TV news channel

Heavy rainfall, with extensive flooding, reported from Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria, Angola, Argentina,  Australia, Austria, Bangladesh, Bolivia, Brazil, Burma, Cambodia, Canada, China, Cuba, Czech Republic, Fiji, France, Germany, Greece, Guatemala, Honduras, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Iraq, Italy, Japan, Kenya, Korea, Laos, Macedonia, Madagascar, Mali, Mauretania, Mexico, Nepal, New Zealand, Niger, Norway, Oman, Pakistan, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Romania, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Slovakia, Solomon Islands, Somalia, South Africa, Spain, Sudan, Switzerland, Taiwan, Uganda, Ukraine, Uruguay, USA, Vietnam, Yemen.   Tally 66 – (47 in first six months of 2013)

Super-highlights June-August 2013

“Danube at all-time high”                                                                                               6 June

63,000 missing in unprecedented floods, north India                                                  19 June

First-ever flooding reported by Calgary resident, Canada                                           22 June

“Canada’s worst wildfire” hits Quebec province                                                         15 July

Floods in Puerto Rico after unprecedented rainfall                                                      2 Aug

Temperature in Shanghai hits new maximum                                                              7 Aug

First ever red drought warning in China’s Hubei province                                          18 Aug

“Worst ever” floods reported in Manila                                                                        21 Aug

“Worst flooding in decades” in NE China –                                                                  28 Aug

Over 50 dead, thousands flee their homes

“48,000 people made homeless” by floods in Niger                                                      29 Aug

“Thousands flee their homes” in flooded Mali capital                                                    30 Aug

Highlights September-October 2013

36.5C “hottest start to spring” in Alice Springs, Australia                                              1 Sep

“Warmest winter on record” in New Zealand                                                                 3 Sep

“Worst ever” floods in Colorado: thousands flee homes                                              16 Sep

Mexico’s “worst weather crisis since 1958” strands 40,000 tourists                           18 Sep

30,000 driven from their homes by floods in Brazil                                                      24 Sep

Typhoon Fitow destroys 1,700 homes in eastern China                                               7 Oct

In NE India, Cyclone Phailin leaves a million homeless, crops ruined                         13 Oct

State of Emergency as 60 bushfires rage in New South Wales, Australia                  20 Oct

70,000 forced from their homes by flooding in eastern India                                      27 Oct

Severe storm in southern England disrupts transport, power supplies                       28 Oct


November daily reports

Flooding in Texas, two killed                                                                                         1 Nov

Heavy storms across central USA & Queensland                                                        2 Nov

Homes evacuated in Mexico as tropical storm Sonia causes flooding                         5 Nov

“Supertyphoon“ Haiyan brings flooding &  200 mph winds to Philippines                       8 Nov

“Biggest recorded storm to make landfall.  25th this year in Philippines”

600,000 evacuate homes in Vietnam as Haiyan approaches                                    10 Nov

Floods from torrential thunderstorms in Uruguay                                                       ]  11

More flooding from Typhoon Haiyan in southern China                                              ] Nov

State of emergency in Somalian province after extensive flooding                           ]   15

Heavy rain in northern Algeria & Tunisia                                                                    ]  Nov

Another storm brings torrential rain to south Vietnam                                                ]  16

Heavy flooding in eastern Australia                                                                            ] Nov

Flooding in areas near Cape Town                                                                            17 Nov

65 “unseasonal” tornadoes devastate 5 US states from Kentucky to Michigan        ]

Heavy snow disrupts transportation in NE China                                                       ] 18 Nov

Bad flooding in central Vietnam, dozens killed                                                          ]

Torrential rain & dust storms in Iran, Iraq, Kuwait coastal regions                             ]   19

“Apocalyptic” damage from cyclone in Sardinia                                                         ]  Nov

Heavy snowfall causes disruption in parts of France and Spain                                ]    21

Several days of torrential rain cause deaths in Saudi Arabia & Iraq                          ]   Nov

Flooding in Andhra Pradesh, eastern India                                                                 ]   22

Heavy snow causes disruption in China’s Xinjiang province                                     ]  Nov

Strong winds hit northern California                                                                           ]    23

Flooding in Rhodes                                                                                                      ]   Nov

Heavy rain and snow in USA                                                                                        26 Nov

In Australia, south-west experiences heaviest rainfall yet recorded                             ]    29

while north suffers from a week of flooding by Tropical Cyclone Alessia                   ]   Nov

100,000 suffering deprivation in Somalia after recent tropical cyclone                         ]

Close of weakest Atlantic/Caribbean hurricane season reported                             ] 30 Nov

Heavy rain disrupts search for survivors from Angola-Mozambique flight                ]

FAO says $24 million is needed to replenish crops destroyed by Typhoon Haiyan in Philippines.  Half a million tonnes of rice need importing to replenish stock.  Crop losses worth £110 million, damage to agricultural sector twice as much.  [From The Star online, 20 November]

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“The Society for the Environment (SocEnv) is delighted to announce that His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales has accepted an Honorary Fellowship of the Society for the Environment.”

Continues…

http://www.socenv.org.uk/news/hrh-accept-honfse/

Never able to find a top Environmentalist when you need one?

On 4th December 2013, in London, a hundred leading environmentalists converged to meet, in a Library, with two Bishops and a Dame.

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The occasion was the annual Christmas Reception of The Society for the Environment, the venue Carlton House Terrace, the rules Chatham House, and the Library packed.  “Putting the ‘A-list’ into Environment-alist” – one guest quipped.

Celebrity apart, this body of professionals is quietly growing the green economy, with new talent and leadership emerging – coupled with environmental skills – ‘greenest ever professionals?’  As Alex Galloway CVO, CEO of the Society said: “we have enrolled a small army of 7,000 Chartered Environmentalist professionals, from across all sectors.”

Dame Fiona Reynolds was Guest of Honour and gave a rousing and inspiring speech.  She welcomed the new dawn: that good ecology and good economy go hand in hand.

Seven remarkable individuals had been selected by the Society, for the award of Honorary Fellowship (HonFSE) for their leadership around the topic of environment.

Dozens of Presidents and VPs of Institutions, Chief Executives, Captains of Industry, and other key influencers were in attendance, across a very diverse span of the natural and man-made environment: a big umbrella: professionals across water, trees, fish, energy, construction, materials, architecture, engineering, planning, surveying as well as from accountancy, PR, law and the creative industries.  And the faith sector too…

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Photos – Steve Press,  Guild of Health

The Bishop of London and the former Bishop of Liverpool (Richard Chartres and James Jones resp.) were among those honoured by the Society. Both have shown great leadership in tackling our carbon footprints inspirationally, alongside their wider strong leadership.

Also honoured were Dr Liz Goodwin, Professor Sir John Lawton CBE, Dr Alan Knight OBE, and Keith Clarke CBE.  Dr Caroline Lucas, Britain’s first Green MP, was due to receive an HonFSE, but was instead occupied fighting for the environment on the green benches!

Amongst the audience were many other eminent Hon. Fellows including Peter Ainsworth, Pamela Castle OBE, Sue Illman, Sir Crispin Tickell, and Sara Parkin.

Alongside Dame Fiona Reynolds in making the presentations was Chair of the Society for the Environment, Professor Carolyn Roberts who said, “All of our new Honorary Fellows have shown outstanding leadership and are true professionals in their various spheres. Their leadership has inspired many, and brought tangible results. Their breadth of vision and their willingness to work for the good of future generations is an example to us all, and we are delighted to welcome them as Honorary Fellows.”

As one guest remarked on departure: “what a wonderfully diverse mix of people there was in the room tonight – bodes well for the future.  A truly great Green Britain perhaps?

More info, photos, and a pdf booklet with full text of the seven HonFSE “citations” can be found here:

http://www.socenv.org.uk/news/christmas-honfse-awards/

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Above – Aubrey Meyer of the Global Commons Instutute

Imagine

It is 2016

An Asti Spumante cork has popped, in Rio perhaps

The whole wide world is celebrating – an historic Global Climate Peace Deal Protocol has been ratified

It is grounded in the wit, wisdom and will-power of this man, Aubrey Meyer, of the Global Commons Institute, who ‘discovered’ Contraction and Convergence (C&C) , its beauty, logic, nature, maths and inevitability, more than 25 years before it eventually came into force.

But, eventually, it did.

“Here’s one I prepared earlier” he said

Climate justice without vengeance

And they all lived happily ever after.