International Writers Magazine: Comment: Clean Air -
Inconvenient Truth" - Is the Prognosis Terminal
six years ago, I was vacationing in the Mountains of North Carolina.
To my dismay, I discovered that the whole of North Carolina has
some of the worst air quality in the USA . More and more people
are suffering from respiratory illness.
Sixteen mostly coal
fired power stations are polluting the air with ozone-forming Nitrogen
Oxides (NOx) Acid Rain is killing plants and trees. A national treasure
is being poisoned and humankindâ€s apathy is reluctant
to take the appropriate action. To date it has not gotten any better.
This is only the tip of a very large iceberg. According to RF Kennedy
Jr., 1,100 coal-burning power plants are burning coal illegally in the
Millions of people all over the world are exposing their lungs to S
O2 , mercury emissions and N Ox that can cause wheezing, coughing, asthma.
in the oceans are becoming congested with mercury.
are more prevalent and increasingly more violent in many parts of the
waves are increasing more frequently.
caps are melting at an alarming rate
ozone layer is thinning at an alarming rate causing the suns rays to heat
the oceans and parch the land beyond nature's natural rhythm
In spite of all the latest statistics it seems the greed for money is
more influential than extinguishing pollution. The bottom line profits
overcomes any real attempt to ease the pollution concerns ... appeasing
stock holders taste buds, is the flavor of the decade, for much of corporate
A new movie "An Inconvenient Truth" gives a stark warning
about global warming and the eventual destruction of life on earth.
Al Gore no doubt has political ambitions of becoming the next president
of the USA . Therefore, many people will question his motives for helping
to make this movie. Non-the less, the facts are clear and a real threat
to humanities survival. About half of all CO emission is of human origin.
The other half forms naturally. On an Ariel view of earth, the Northern
Hemisphere shows much more CO than the South. However, pollution
moves on a global scale all around earth.
The Chinese economy is going at full pace and with it more mass pollution.
Within the next few years, many third world countries will also become
more affluent and people in them will have more money to spend on things
they think they require for a successful life. At the same time, their
quality o f life will diminish with their lifestyle demands plundering
earths assets. The natural resources will become more stretched and
strained ... As peoples buying power increases, earths bountiful resources
Unless world leaders start to learn how to deal from the top of the
deck, not from the bottom, authentic quality of life on earth will become
poorer and trashier; whist peopleâ€s lifestyle seemingly
becomes more opulent and luxurious
The state of California is now complying with the Kyoto Agreement guidelines.
No doubt conscientious citizens all around America will lobby their
politicians to impact the political system in such a way as to get their
states to comply with the Kyoto Agreement. A start in the right direction
for all states would be the recommendations by many conservation groups,
out or clean up dirty, coal-burning power plants.
in renewable wind, solar, and biomass power.
energy efficiency in homes, offices, and industries
State Climate Action Plans that reduce and cap
warming pollution and establish a carbon marketplace.
Introduce Low Emission Vehicle (LEV) standards.
up black carbon from diesel engines.
methane emissions from landfills and hog farms.
personal habits. Simple things like turning off lights, taking shorter
showers, and running your computer in sleep mode add up to big pollution,
energy and money savings.
It is time to wake up the American media and let them smell the rotting
stench of polluted ignorance for themselves. We have the technology
to clean up the power plants and cut car emissions, so why is it not
top priority? It is time for ordinary people to lobby the media and
government... Let the people's voice be heard above the avarice of the
'Among these treasures of our land is water--fast becoming our most
valuable, most prized, most critical resource. A blessing where properly
used--but it can bring devastation and ruin when left uncontrolled.'
Dwight D. Eisenhower
Which begs the question; if the people who have the power to make changes
in the way humanity progresses in the future are polluting their own minds
and bodies with junk food, harmful drinks and erroneous negative
thoughts, how can they ever make the appropriate changes to make earths
pollution less severe?
A human body does not decay overnight by one cookie filled with trans
fats and corn syrup. It does not get cancer by one alcoholic drink.
One single negative thought does not depress the mind. However, over
many years of misuse and abuse, the mind and body of a human beings
will become irreparably polluted, decayed and grow extinct well before
its intended shelf life was scheduled to end.
Likewise, earth does not become extremely polluted by a few erroneous
actions by ignorant people. It takes a concentrated effort by greedy
ignorance, to pollute the water supplies and make toxic the air we all
breathe. It has taken earthâ€s atmosphere and surface
a few hundred years to become so polluted that sever weather patterns
are on the increase with increasing ferocity.
Therefore, it makes perfect sense for every person on earth to examine
their own lifestyles and thought patterns whilst at the same time trying
to help fix earths pending problems.
A few thousand years ago, the Greek philosopher Plato wrote about a
man who was imprisoned with chains attached to his head. He could only
look forward and when he heard voices coming from the side and rear
he could only see the voices coming out of shadows. He lived most of
his life believing that shadows could speak. Then one day, when he was
old and grey, he was released from his shackles and could slowly turn
around and see the reality of who was speaking. The illusion of the
shadows speaking was for the first time revealed for what they were.
Just shadows of the real thing. How many beliefs in today's world are
just shadows speaking? Are the shadows of unenlightened people
in power casting dark clouds of polluted thoughts over the whole of
earthâ€s surface? If people cannot become united and
speak with one voice, with universal truths, then all that will be achieved
is lots of hazy, shadowy rhetoric and very little affirmative action.
Therefore, while people can declare that they are going to
lobby the government to make the changes necessary, they should also
determine whom it is in their mind that makes their decisions for them.
Who is it that has educated their mind since birth and how reliable
is that information?
If they think they know the answer to whom their inner being is, then
the question remains...How well has that inner-character looked after
their health and happiness so far and is it giving them a significant,
There is one final thing we must all note. It is appropriate you have
concern for the troubled world in which we all live, but nothing ever
changes by worry, apart from the worrier getting weary and stressed-out.
You have the spirit of all your ancestral loved ones within your very
being and it is your job to keep them joyous. Therefore, the more joy
you project, the more de-lights in your spiritual illumination ... The
joy-filled power of constructive thought is projected all around the
universe in many dimensions and eventually comes back to earth in other
A prosperous, authentic life comes about by doing good deeds every day.
It could be something as simple as a friendly handshake, a kind smile,
or a loving hug. It is the cumulative power of your daily actions and
your wisdom, which will lead you to a fulfilling life. To help make
changes in the world, first make sure you have transformed yourself
to live without any self-pollution in mind and body.
Earths bounty provides an adequate supply for humanities requirements
however; it can no longer sustain its insatiable avarice.
© Michael Levy. Syndicated columnist October 4th 2006
His inspirational poetry and essays now grace many assorted web sites,
journals and magazines throughout the world. He is expert columnist
for Positive Health magazine, the leading complimentary health publication
in the UK. Michael's articles are also a regular feature
in the Royal Collage of Psychiatry's spiritually themed newsletters.
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