International Writers Magazine: One
wrote this piece after much research and learning horrible consequences
that I never even thought could be so detrimental to our future.
It was written in 2006 so now in 2008 it has expanded more and become
worse but now people and organisations are starting to care about
Oh what a day! Hanging
out with my girl friends nude on the beach, I cant think of anything
better. We have been blessed with the weather this summer. It really
has been beautiful these last, few days. The sun shinning, swimming
in clear water. Its the life youd hope for. You would hope
it would be there forever. Sure the sun made for a gorgeous afternoon,
the hot rays sizzled nicely into a great tan; except for the fact that
heat waves are actually burning our flesh, our water sources become
more scarce in dryer atmospheres and that our ozone layer doesnt
protect shit anymore, (and you think 30 spf does wonders?!) Sure the
water I swam in was cold and refreshing, felt amazing, but oh, except
for the layer of oil floating on top that was running off from a spill
nearby, which actually makes that an oil spill-over spill- killing many
birds and other wildlife.
Unfortunately, with human population growing (10 billion in 2050) there
is no such thing as a simple way of living, there hasnt been for
over a century. Only certain tribes and perhaps the Amish actually work
and live peacefully, earning their survival, supporting each other and
sustain an appreciation for what they are given.
labourers everything that rules us rather than guides or helps us, brain
washes us, corrupts us, transforms us, makes us greedy, makes us lazy,
makes us ungrateful, makes us competitive, makes us unforgiving, makes
us invincible, makes us selfish, makes us anxious, makes us afraid,
makes us blind, makes us inhumane, makes us naïve, makes us destructive,
makes us servants of our own fate. Makes or breaks us. Doesnt
make sense, doesnt make the world better but a vicious cycle.
What about the fucking life cycle huh? Unfortunately, with so many of
us, what else can we do?
A lot more, thats what!
IN LESS THAN 20 YEARS FROM NOW:
Our ozone layer will deplete ever more and thus, we will eventually
die from over -exposure to the sun. Global warming is quickly and very
dangerously affecting our environmental health, burning our earth, turning
lakes into droughts, melting our beautiful glaciers that are extremely
important to thousands of species and are exceptionally necessary for
our survival above water, I might add.
More of our sacred creatures from this earth will be hunted, tortured
and ridiculed for sport, fur, teeth, entertainment, meat and thus money,
farmed meat will become artificial or eventually diseased. Many animals
will starve to death or be too weak to survive in their own wilderness
that is ever vanquishing (ie: rain forests, glaciers) only to vanish
into extinction themselves, and that means forever you know. Already
90% of our big fish like the mystique shark and tuna has become extinct
in just 40 years due to humans over fishing, taking more than their
fair share, ruining the food chain of the sea which also balances survival
on earth. That really pisses me off!
In the East (ahem, like China and Pakistan) the ratio of women will
be less than 40% to men, because over 10 million females have been aborted
this far in under 2 decades, and then woman will just become property
of rich men, as if we are brothel generation (I cant even say
CIVIL in regards to mankind anymore) and then there will create more
useless fighting of ownership over our own mothers. *Even
today a female regardless of age is raped and/or beaten every second
around the world.
In less than 20 years, billions of people will die from disease, new
viruses and cancer, much of which comes from daily consumer goods
that are in fact full of harmful ingredients. 12 million kids in sub
Saharan Africa alone are orphaned from HIV/AIDS. A lot of places -such
as Botswana for instance- the men still dont believe they are
responsible for HIV and AIDS because it must not be sexually transmitted,
its a demon or a white man.
Every 3 seconds a child under 5 will die from inadequate food and clean
water sources, lack of vaccinations and medication. In less than 10
years our own goddamned air will no longer be fresh or free, it will
be tainted with chemicals and pollution and toxic waste as in the soil
and our skies, condensing into scarce water and dead earth. Watch, we
will soon be taxed on air.
Our children will be the technology generation and higher pricing making
cost of living impossible, will grow up with seeing more trees as paper,
see houses only for those who can afford a roof over their head, seeing
certain animals as rare (and Im not talking about how you like
them cooked,) seeing homeless on their lawn, see lakes turn into muddy
puddles, see computers instead of teachers, see plants wither away
get the picture. Or do we?
Try to picture a vital new age.
We will succumb to violence on TV and surrounding us in our neighbourhoods,
schools, and in the news, the news which controls us by only letting
us know what they want you to believe. We will succumb to cheaper and
more messed up street drugs, to jealousy of one another, to unresolved
anger, to emotional, psychological and physical abuse, to cholesterol,
heart problems, to stress, to too cold or too hot weather conditions,
to an overwhelming population that cant handle living simply among
the masses, to everything we whine about and dont understand enough
to alleviate these issues. There is so much good and unfortunately so
much bad in this world that we must figure out what we can accomplish.
Right and wrong, we achieve them both equally. I want to smell, feel,
hear, see and do more of the good, its nice here, all aspects
of life are worth it, aint it? Yeah, it is.El mar cura todo meaning
"the sea cures all" ¬ that is, if the sea isnt sick
The US Congress actually admit (oh theres a start,) disturbing
reports that over population pressures and pollution are destroying
our coasts and threatening human health. Marine biology and overall
ecological integrity is at severe risk with increased erosion, depleting
habitats, industrial waste, oil spills, diseases and over fishing. Did
you know that 180 million gallons of American sewage gets dumped (no
pun intended) every single day? It carries out to the ocean 4.5 miles,
and this is called water treatment!?
Think about red tide; you cant eat your oysters for a while, the
Who are the little fish and fat cats really?
One of the places I work at is a seafood joint. Call me a hypocrite,
Im only half vegetarian, but I can only support my workplace because
they dont over fish, and they are Oceanwise, which means they
only capture certain fish at certain seasons (ie: breeding time) so
that they cant ever go extinct. Oh yes and they are wild, dont
get me started on the harms of farmed fish! Naturally, another solution
has been concluded but not conducted. If men dont fish for even
two weeks, at least, it will give time for the fish to rejuvenate, creating
more for all walks of life that rely on them. Take a break for two weeks
The livelihood for millions of species dependent on the shelter and
food of the magical coral reefs are disappearing alarmingly and rapidly.
With all this nutrient pollution, there is not enough phytoplankton
for the little guys to eat, and hence, screwing up the food chain. That
affects humans too, if we could even claim to have decent humanity to
admit our mistakes instead of trying to conceal it, with shame.
1500 plus homes are permitted for construction each day on the US coast
lines. Soon there wont be any land to build from. 2000 acres of
farmland lost forever, converted into development each day. You cant
develop something without having a place in which to do it, which means
taking away from other areas, often other important resources (such
as land and water! For fucks sakes the city I reside in there is construction
to build new condos IN the water.) My father is a real estate agent
for a huge company in downtown Vancouver and I must say he is fairly
successful, inevitably the popular market is near surrounding water,
going up to a million per tiny-box apartments for the retiring baby
boomers from the 40s, or for rich immigrants coming from their
cramped lands. There is no room any more, everyone has to look towards
the going up, where sky is the limit, right? NASA will try to send us
to live on the moon soon, hopefully with all the billions of tax payers
money on new satellites and rockets and what have you they will be able
to save at least a few planets! OK Im getting over my head, forgive
me, Im only human!?
20,000 beaches and lakes were closed in 2004 alone. Its not safe
for us and our families to swim anymore, so just imagine how unsafe
it is for our marine wildlife to live in these waters. These areas were
considered dead zones, (started from Co2 oxygen) and guess what, so
many species are in the dead zone now. I wonder, how many more cars
we have on the roads polluting our air each day? How many diapers are
changed per child per day and how many plastic bottles thrown away that
take over 500 years to decompose and only then send chemical toxins
into our earth that we, must I remind you, grow things and eat things
from? Use the 3 R rule: Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle, damned it! Take
your own mug to the coffee shop. Turn off lights when you arent
in a room where you require them on, or use alternative fluorescent
bulbs that burn less energy. Save fuel, car pool, take transit, ride
your bikes and skateboards; we can actually run cars on solar power,
even vegetable oil if you convert your engine, try a hybrid vehicle.
Buy produce from local farms, or else grow your own organic. Fold three
squares of your toilet paper when you wipe your ass. Pick up your garbage.
Smile at your neighbours. Plant trees. Adopt! I hate to sound so left
but we have too many mouths to feed and many unfed as is, maybe we too
should have a one (biological) child rule, and if you want more children,
then adopt an orphan from Uganda, save an abandoned female baby from
China. Turn the tap off when you brush your teeth. Rip the plastic coils
open of six-pack cans to prevent birds from suffocating to death. Tell
others they are lame if they dont care about our environment!
Volunteer to help out organisations that do good deeds but make them
actually fun. Vote! Seize the day but remember tomorrow.
WE HAD BETTER BUCK UP OR ELSE WE FUCK UP.
Im afraid we have already done one, and I dont see much
bucking up, though there is a chance. Its not too late to start
now. There are already alternatives to plastic materials coming in.
There are new cars coming out with less gas emissions. We need to change,
we need to help and work together. There is still a plentiful and splendid
future ahead of us in this dire world, if we let it. Otherwise the Mayans
were right in claiming that by 2012 we would have to start life over
completely, because it will end then. FYI, the Mayans being the only
ones who have had a correct calendar based on precise astrology known
in history. Thats 6 years away 4 now) , and I tell you I have
no doubt we can have a punctual, predicted Armageddon arranged. Im
not religious, where Jehovahs Witnesses aim to scare you from
the coming and Hell, but Im not being overly dramatic and paranoid,
only that I believe unquestionably that all beginnings have an end.
Surely we can end this shit we are causing and start better without
ending it all at all.
I am deeply sorry. Sorry for, to and about this world we have created
and continue to destroy. I no longer fear the future; rather I fear
there wont be one. Of course everyones a good guy if they
confess their sins so that god can forgive them. But Mother Nature cant
forgive if she cant mend her wounds. We dig at her soil, litter
and slaughter her core, pollute her, take her for granted. We are literally
brewing up the storms, hurricanes, earth quakes and tsunamis and they
will repeat more so.My references of information come from the ever
amazing National Geographic magazine (please read) and documentaries
and other brilliant films (please watch)
An Inconvenient truth, The Corporation, What the Bleep do we Know:
Further down the Rabbit Hole, Super-size Me, Baraka, Farhenheit 9/11,
The Coral Reef Barrier, March of the Penguins, Deep Blue series, * up
to date now very important doc called Shark Water, other great films
that will astonish you like Tsotsi, Hotel Rwanda, The Constant Gardener
and Blood Diamond
Information comes also from using my own common sense and raging compassion
and fear. Please, please, please, if you ever gave a single shit about
this world we live in and other living things and the damage we have
done and want advice on how to help clean up our act, check out these
websites, I BEG OF YOU.
to find out more about our water damage, management and solution information
States Petroleum Association for environmental remediation
to implement global warming emission reduction
www.kyotoregime.gov International agreements towards green house cuts
www.eRecycle.org learn how to rid of and reuse electronic and battery
products that wont leak into our universal waste
www.westcarb.org sequestration (what is it you ask?) and greenhouse
www.NGO.com non government organisations relieving suffering, exposing
international awareness and making differences
www.fosterparentsplan.com to help aid, feed and teach less fortunate
www.WSPA.ca (or WSPA.uk.) please subscribe and donate to the respectable
World Society for the Protection of Animals
*also see groups against animal cruelty (to name but a few)
www.CAACE.com citizens against animal cruelty and exploitation
Banish our old ways, do not vanish our days. Cheesy, but catchy.
Towe Feb 2008
Thailand nearly a month ago was extremely surreal and rather hard to
let go of. I was still stuck in Thai mode for a few days until I realized,
abashed and confused, that shit, Im in Australia!
Alone in Macau
How does it feel, to be on your own, with no direction home,
like a complete unknown....
-The Rolling Stones
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