Development, according to our current terms, is unsustainable and needs to, er, develop – a wry wander through current thinking.
“The goal of sustainable development is to enable all people throughout the world to satisfy their basic needs and enjoy a better quality of life without compromising the quality of life of future generations. The Scottish Government has as its overall purpose to focus government and public services on creating a more successful country, with opportunities for all of Scotland to flourish, through increasing sustainable economic growth.” (http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Topics/Environment/SustainableDevelopment)
The planet will find a new equilibrium, with or without humans or any other species. Change is a constant. But what happened to survival of the fittest?
A papier-mâché maraca started it. That was the thing that melted my head about universal timescales. Something hideous I created at school, in decades, centuries, millennia to come would cease to exist, becoming ultimately, atomically recycled. I realised my life and death were ephemeral and, critically, I realised how afraid of that I was. I was ten.
Informed people are increasingly recognising that climate change can no longer be halted let alone reversed. It’s going to happen. It’s already happening. We need to deal with it. Continue reading →
While searching for the ridiculous to draw attention to the serious, I found this.
“Three orcas, or killer whales, were taken [in August] by a Russian catching team, believed to be the team that caught a female orca in the same general area at the same time last year. For the past year, that young female — someone named her Narnia and the name stuck — has been swimming alone in a tiny makeshift pen near Nakhodka (Vladivostok area). … When Narnia met her new cellmates, the three captives were reportedly in poor condition after the transport, refusing to eat. The trainers could do nothing. Finally, we heard that Narnia herself tried something. She brought fish to the three captives and gave it to them.” Continue reading →