Everything in it’s own time, right? Hello, i am back after a five week vac. It did me some good, now i am back into harness. While i was gone, i had a long thought on my blog and where i want it to go. I came back not having answered that question but i will know soon. Some decisions must be differed. As soon as i got back though, and without a moment’s notice, i was immediately confronted with troublesome news. Apparently, its going to take $76bn/yr to conserve the most endangered species on our planet. The researchers say they do not know where this money will come from especially seeing as we are, the dire conditions the world’s economy is in right now. Each time this kind of thing is discussed, it sounds as if scientists have just stumbled on the discovery that mother earth is dying, chocked by pollution. The land on which we carry out life-activities e.g farming is polluted so much so that parts of it are no longer productive, we have maxed out on optimal use and any further pressure on it will lead to it’s being labelled ‘fragile’ or in danger of environmental destruction. We all have acquired a culture of living for the moment and not making considerate decisions regarding our future, that is why we are confused and panicky when we are roused out of a deep sleep of forgetfulness and carelessness. Yes, carefree living is the culprit, this wanton behavior whereby nobody is held accountable or feels responsible for anything. So when we get a little reminder, we move haphazardly, bumping into one another, like members of a disorganized herd. Everything is suddenly urgent and here-and-now. We wait until things get out of control and then we begin dashing in all sorts of directions. It comes down to poor planning, lack of oversight, wishful thinking, of people sleeping on the job. Did you hear that the oceans are almost depleted of fish stocks? Where is the fish gone to? The air is foul and those with bad lungs are about to join the list of endangered species. Sometimes i too, don’t care; i just sit back, open a beer and stretch my legs. I’ve got to live too. Let them solve their problems, after all it is their own doing. Who ami talking about? Government. It is the failure of government to legislate or to enforce legislation. Take the case of the floating garbage patch out in the pacific. Do you know how that came to be? It has been alleged that some of the waste in the garbage patch is of industrial origin, dumped in the sea from ships whose captains have been bribed by waste-producing industry owners who are unwilling to pay the high fees for conventional waste disposal. This is done anonymously and is difficult to monitor out there on the high seas. Ships also dump a significant tonnage of their own waste while at sea. The waste, most of it plastic will slowly break down further into smaller particles which are ingested by marine animals. Much of it is toxic. There are scientists who have investigated this extensively. The marine biologists who try to pursue the big-money people soon lose interest after presenting their meticulously researched data because the big-money people are also the same people who fund the institutions to which these biologists are attached and all they do is appear to understand, accept the research findings, give a prestigious award to the biologist (coupled with grant money) knowing fully well that they do not support the scientist’s position. It’s a difficult task exposing corruption.
In another everyday scenario removed from the science environment where things are done with clinical precision, we see people tossing garbage out of car windows on the highways, leaving garbage in alleyways or in parking lots at shopping malls. Some of the garbage is hazardous. It goes back to the old adage: “monkey see monkey do” as in i saw somebody do it and get away with it so i will do the same; it’s no big deal. It is these small, compounded legal infractions that lead to the big garbage/sanitation problems, that spoil the environment and endanger public health and lead to envoronmental degradation-foul smells, discolored fluids oozing out of trash bags, stains on the pavements etc. Governments must lead the efforts to educate society on the benefits of living in a clean environment, it must also provide resources to reclaim abandoned living spaces, to put in place checks and balances, to force industries to institute reform such as efforts to increase production of environment-friendly products and increased focus on biodegradable products. Things will move once some of this is done. Also, the role models in society; the politicians, they must begin leading by example and not mere rhetoric. I think this goes a long way in changing public perceptions rather than coming up with brilliant speeches during campaign season. Everybody else needs to play their part-you don’t have to be a scientist to be an activist, we all breathe the same air and the world belongs to all of us. let us start with this thought in mind, a thought of what is possible and together we will make a difference.