Evidence is mounting that our civilisation is not responding fast enough to climate change. We need to sharpen our pens and become much more urgent in our actions. We know that a number of climate change tipping points have been passed and that they can start interacting with each other any time, which spells nothing good for humanity, let alone the other species.
I have been following the work of Prof Guy McPherson, who is currently traveling Europe to share the evidence we don’t really want to see. It is no good ignoring the difficult truths. This planet now demands people with the courage to be brave and responsive. View his talk yesterday in Konstanz, Germany here.
Climate action is required from every intelligent person. We are part of African Climate Reality, who is gathering a special coalition of all environmental organisations to join hands for this most important work. Please join the Climate Coalition by emailing email@example.com. This Coalition is focused on ensuring our government, and President Zuma, honours his Copenhagen commitment at COP21 in Paris to SA running on 40% renewable energy by 2030.
COP21 will be focusing on 8 countries that have the biggest impact on greenhouse gasses – and South Africa is one, due to our very high dependency on fossil fuels. Of course our continent is also the most vulnerable in terms of consequences of climate change. So we are sitting in a very significant position to play a crucial role.
In June the world will once again celebrate Live Earth (www.liveearth.org) concerts. In our country this happens in Durban. Their aim is to reach 100 million to 100 billion signatures for a simple petition for Climate Action – to be presented at COP21 in Paris. Everyone can organise viewing parties in your area.
From an environmental point of view xenophobia seems to stem from a scramble for resources, and to my mind an escalation of the ‘separations sickness,’ which landed this planet in trouble in the first place. Once we got disconnected from Nature and the ecology that supports us, that was when we lost the plot. Assuming our separation, we also assumed our superiority and dominance … and the rest is history. Nothing levels the playing field as beautifully as our environmental inter-dependence. We need to look after that which looks after us. We need each other – across races and borders and continents. We can heal, but only if we can truly embrace the terminal nature of our dis-ease.
And so arrives Earth Day tomorrow, 45 years after it first started in 1970. Have we listened? What is it going to take?
As always we honour those who care enough to DO life and business differently. Not able to share all stories via the website, please read more on Facebook. I don my hat this week also to 2 beautiful events we attended – the work of the Watershed Project, who showed documentaries in the mist on the lush fields of the Green Point Urban Park to create awareness of the real-time battle for life once the water dries up. See more about their work here.
And then lastly the moving tribute to our threatened rhinos at the Rhino Disharmony concert with Zolani Mahola of Freshlyground and concert pianist and composer, Tian Jiang (photographed above) in an artistic medley of music, trapeze artistry, painting and sculpture at the Landbank in Cape Town. What an eerie moment it was when this passionate Chinese concert pianist publicly apologised on behalf of the Chinese nation for their contribution towards the hastening extinction of this ancient species, followed by an apology on behalf of all of mankind. Piano and indigenous voice filled the old banking hall with the song of our vulnerable earth, evoking the ancestors who honoured the land. Finally, we reach across continents to lament our fragile time. Read more about this worthy initiative here.
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Instead of paying 1 trillion rand to foreign companies to build nuclear power stations, why don't we spend it on equipping the very poorest households in SA with locally designed and built rooftop photovoltaic panels, solar geysers and wind generators?