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There is no doubt amongst the scientific community
now, that there is a direct correlation between CO2 build-up
in the atmosphere of our planet and global warming. The reflective
qualities of certain molecules, such as CO2, cause a ‘greenhouse’
effect. This is when energy from the sun hitting the earth’s
surface is re-radiated as infra-red radiation (heat). This
heat energy does not escape the Earth because the so called
‘greenhouse gases’ keep them here. The greenhouse
gases act just like the glass of a greenhouse and keep the
Earth at a warmer, more stable temperature than it would otherwise
be. Without our atmosphere, during day and night, we would
alternately fry and freeze!
So what’s the problem?
Due to human activity, especially the use of fossilised carbon
based fuels for energy production; we are altering the delicate
balance of these greenhouse gases. By building-up one particular
greenhouse gas, CO2, we are altering that balanced temperature
equilibrium of the planet. Put simply, if we increase the
CO2 in the atmosphere, we trap more heat and the temperature
Most of the plants and creatures on the planet
are adapted to survive at fairly narrow bands of temperature.
If the temperature is raised, then the living organisms need
to adapt. This can occur over generations, but the current
rise in global temperature is too rapid for natural adaptation
to occur without mass extinction.
In its quest for survival, humanity has learnt
to communicate and work together. A key element in that quest
is the invention of money! Before money, bartering and repayment
of service was by food and goods. Money has enabled a system
whereby a value can be given to anything measured against
a set benchmark. The problem is that the economic monster
that we have created is now working against our best interests.
The making of profit and yet more money is the goal, not the
sustainability and survival of humanity. We have lost sight
of its original purpose. We have lost control!
If we are to survive, we need to adapt the
monetary system, so that it takes into account the environmental
cost of what we do, not just the monetary one. Only by marrying
the two can we survive. The economic model will collapse if
mass extinction of plant and animal life, including humanity,
The general population is being shielded from
this likely outcome. Corporations exist to create profit.
Politician’s greatest concern is acquisition of, or
retention of power. Both corporations and politicians need
the general public to be with them, because a united population
is the most powerful force there is! The urgency of our situation
with regard to the planet’s atmosphere is being suppressed
by those that see profit and power as being more important
than survival as a whole.
ONLY by uniting and informing the public can
we hope to escape from the downward spiral to stupefying death,
that increasing CO2 into the atmosphere will lead to.
We have to come up with the means to do both
of the above, namely UNITE the public in purpose for survival
and INFORM them of the means to achieve that survival. ONLY
by reducing the level of greenhouse gases back to a more historically
normal level, can we survive.
40,000, expected, environmental activists
jumping up and down and shouting is not going to alter the
system. ALL 40,000 need to use their enthusiastic potential
to bring the general public on board. There are probably more
people shopping in Oxford Street and Regent Street, on any
given day, than numbers due to attend ‘Climate Change
march’ and ‘I Count rally’. This is a fact
we have to realistically come to terms with and not delude
ourselves. The euphoria of the march & rally MUST be translated
into REACTION, not into self-congratulatory inaction. This
engaging and informing of the rest of the public has to be
done in a subtle manner. Profit makers and power seekers are
keen to portray us as radical extremists wanting to destroy
all the comforts of our modern way of life. We have to rise
to the challenge and dispel that manipulated perception.
What is proposed is a means that the public
can easily identify with. A simple means that all can join
in and become ‘active’. A method of informing
all, for the benefit of all!
‘SAVE OUR PLANET’ day.
An easily remembered and numerically significant date for
our modern world.
Friday 8th Aug, 2008. The seventh day of the seventh month
of the seventh year of the twenty-first century.
8 + 8 + 8 = 24.
On this day it is intended that information
will be supplied to as many of the general public as possible,
in various locations, locally. Also by various methods of
communication, written, spoken and visible.
To achieve this there is a need for all 40,000
of you to get involved! By combining NGO’s, faith movements
and political movements in a manner that keeps their independence,
yet allows them to act together for the good of all.
This non-financial organisation, ‘Traffic
lights for peace’,does not exist in the true sense of
a physical organisation. It merely acts as a binding force
to keep all together. It does not threaten the continued existence
of any of the contributory organisations. It is there for
the sole purpose of allowing us all to work together, for
the good of humanity and planet.
PLEASE HELP. Encourage the organisations,
to which you belong, to join in ‘Save our planet’
day. Offer help individually, if you can, to organise local
distribution venues for information and participation. Make
it fun! Encourage others to join in the ‘Visible Voice’,
by tying green and white ribbons around a local traffic light
post, on the day. These signify a call to our leaders and
decision makers to take legislative action to effectively
reduce CO2 levels. This gesture is repeatable globally and
very simple to perform. It also has a lasting visible impression
that does not melt away like a rally or march does.
|If you are involved in the media, please help
ensure that mass communication plays an essential role in
ensuring our survival, by publicising, promoting and participating
in ‘Save our planet’ day.
Examples of organizations
already interested in "Saving our Planet":
Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust
BBC Natural History Unit
New Internationalist Magazine