Saturday, June 5, 2010

lullaby from the great mother

The fact that man knows right from wrong proves his intellectual superiority to the other creatures; but the fact that he can do wrong proves his moral inferiority to any creatures that cannot.
Mark Twain (1835-1910) writer

june 5th is world environment day - so, have you ever heard of it? despite the fact that world environment day (WED) has been around since 1973,it gets little attention. world environment day is rooted in a 1972 united nations conference on the human environment; the conference established WED to be an annual event in order to stimulate awareness of the environment and enhance political attention and public action. this year the theme is many species. one planet. one future.

we don't have to go much beyond thinking about what is going on in the gulf of mexico to realize the gravity of acting without taking into account the preciousness of our environment.

increasingly, the bp deepwater fiasco is being compared to the 1986 chernobyl catastrophe. the analogy is unfortunately spot on. russian writer and engineer dmitry orlov draws remarkable parallels between the two events - he writes: Translate "industrial accident" into Russian and back into English, and what you get is "technogenic catastrophe". an apt description indeed of the antecedent to this latest "accident." alejandro nadal's recent commentary for foreign policy in focus also explains how deregulation, deception, and destruction characterize both the man-made disasters of chernobyl and bp deepwater - nadal goes so far as to label deepwater as america's chernobyl.

wildlife affected by the deepwater spill include the critically endangered bluefin tuna, sea turtles (all of which are threatened and endangered), mottled ducks, snowy plover, sperm whales, brown pelicans and scores of other types of ocean and migratory birds. conservationists monitoring what is going in in the gulf are very alarmed.
The accident could also been seen as a warning for those wanting to drill for oil in the Arctic circle, around Alaska. "With decades of experience in drilling in the gulf, and response equipment nearby, the gulf is one of the 'safest' places to drill," said Mann (chris mann of the pew charitable trust). "If Deepwater Horizon can happen there, it can certainly happen in the Arctic Ocean, where bitter cold, ice, and extreme wind and wave conditions are everyday facts of life and response equipment would be days or even weeks away."
paul winter has long celebrated all the creatures of the earth with his music. his 1979 album callings includes this gorgeous song; in which paul is joined by a chorus of others

photo: squirrel at the cleveland botanical garden - doesn't it seem as if he is asking something of us? june 2010


tony said...

[as usual] Mr Twain nails it.

notesfromnadir said...

Just stopped by because I saw that squirrel picture. Did you take it?

Roy said...

I've always loved that piece of music; thanks for posting it. I bet you've already guessed that I have a large collection of PW's music!

Betsy Brock said...

the bp catastrophe is so sad!

lettuce said...

in a sane world this would be seen as a warning wouldn't it? but...

California Girl said...

Sarah Palin is in direct opposition to Mr. Mann. SHE says HER neck of the woods is the safest place to drill; shallow water drilling is the way to go.

Will somebody please shut that woman up?

Watson said...

My heart breaks at the devastation of our earth. And governments, at the behest of oil companies, want to allow more off shore drilling, including here. We have frequent small earthquakes, as does Alaska. It's insane.