James Lovelock has been in the news again - the guy who wrote "The Revenge of Gaia". In the Guardian recently, he's quoted as saying "catastrophe is inevitable, carbon offsetting is a joke, and ethical living a scam." He's never been one to mince his words! Just how much is the current climate change effort a scam, simply designed to make people feel good and keep on buying? How much of the information is simply designed to placate, to maintain public order, to keep the gravy train rolling? Surely people would be better off with an authentic confrontation of the truth? It empowers us to do something real about it...
Make the most of life while you can
James Lovelock, the maverick climate science loner, is sought by many for his opinions after his Gaia theory took off in 1970s, where he was the first scientist to suggest Gaia is a self regulating and maintaining eco-system. Recently he's been quoted as saying in the UK's Guardian: 'Enjoy life while you can: in 20 years global warming will hit the fan' Personally I don't think it's going to take 20 years. I think when you take an honest look at the constant freak weather patterns happening, it's clear the climate change sh** is hitting the fan right now! Anything odd with the weather lately? This from the Guardian:
- In 1965 executives at Shell wanted to know what the world would look like in the year 2000. They consulted a range of experts, who speculated about fusion-powered hovercrafts and "all sorts of fanciful technological stuff". When the oil company asked the scientist James Lovelock, he predicted that the main problem in 2000 would be the environment. "It will be worsening then to such an extent that it will seriously affect their business," he said. "And of course," Lovelock says, with a smile 43 years later, "that's almost exactly what's happened." His latest book, The Revenge of Gaia, predicts that by 2020 extreme weather will be the norm, causing global devastation; that by 2040 much of Europe will be Saharan; and parts of London will be underwater. On the day we meet, the Daily Mail has launched a campaign to rid Britain of plastic shopping bags. The initiative sits comfortably within the current canon of eco ideas, next to ethical consumption, carbon offsetting, recycling and so on - all of which are premised on the calculation that individual lifestyle adjustments can still save the planet. This is, Lovelock says, a deluded fantasy. Most of the things we have been told to do might make us feel better, but they won't make any difference. Global warming has passed the tipping point, and catastrophe is unstoppable.
Empowering ourselves with Truth
I'm inclined to agree. During the Christmas period with many focused on feel-good festivities, the North Pole was hit by a freak storm, which elevated its temperatures up to melting point, some 50 degrees higher than the seasonal average... This from the Washington Post.
- Of course there's plenty of conspiracy theorists that would blame it all on geo-engineering. As if the fact that basic human, consumeristic activity, that's cut down half the trees and obliterated half the wild life since the industrial revolution is just another statistic - contemplate the incredible implications of that for a moment if you can. Yes, I agree, geo-engineering is certainly having an effect - I frequently witness chemtrails over my own garden. But to blame it all on them, is simply disempowering - it blames 'them over there' and discourages people from really getting into their own stuff. Let's get real about it. Let's get real about our own behaviour and consumption activities. You have to work to feel the impact of your choices with respect to Gaia and the environment. It must be much more than some kind of collective idea banded around (like carbon offsetting). It has to be something you've explored in the depths of your soul, with a profound connection to Gaia. Only then, can you truly forgive yourself, and unlock the fragments of soul buried in that karmic unconsciousness.
It feels to me like we most definitely have kicked off various irreversible, climate change tipping points. But unlike Lovelock, I do believe humanity can still make a difference - I believe the window of opportunity for Spiritual Evolution into the Higher Paradigm can be widened. If we take care of what we have left, and gather in self-sustaining, environmentally respectful communities, then it will give more people the chance to discover who they really are, and expand into their higher selves.
Breaking the 'Business as Usual' cycle
- "People just want to go on doing what they're doing. They want business as usual. They say, 'Oh yes, there's going to be a problem up ahead,' but they don't want to change anything."
Therein lies the problem - the masses don't want to change their lifestyles, and the 'elites' keep plundering resources and peddling their wares as if there's no tomorrow - perhaps it's because they already know, and have their designs on some nearby planet like Mars? But I do believe change will happen. It can't be too long before some natural catastrophe breaks down the global consumer machine. For me, that will be a good thing - I've seen communities gathering together along more local, self sustaining lines, where people are caused to me more compassionate and caring. Bring it on!
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