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– no way is this a natural/ healthy place to live-

I added this page in response to a publication entitled A DREAM OF A LOW CARBON FUTURE which was jointly funded/ published by the ENGINEERING AND PHYSICAL SCIENCES RESEARCH COUNCIL (EPSRC) and the UNIVERSITY OF LEEDS, the result of a postgraduate project which was aimed at imagining a sustainable Leeds in the near future.  A tome that is accompanied with such a high level of authenticity you have to wonder why it is so naive and full of gross errors, because there is no way any of these ideas could ever work.

Sadly every university teaches the same crap.  As do all the schools.  As does everyone else we rely on for impartial information.  Why?

The answer is really easy.  We have been duped into believing that the manscape, that artificial world that encompasses all our needs, for shelter/ work/ transport/ play/ etc, is the real world.  Even down to dictating the type of flora and fauna that is allowed to exist within it, with a selection of specific land-use labels: garden/ allotment/ croft/ smallholding/ wood/ farm/ moor/ nature reserve/ etc.  This is where most of us spend our entire lives.  So to try and imagine any other kind of place it is obviously going to be difficult, I’d say impossible, because even when we travel we tend only to visit similarly artificially designed environments.

However there is another world out there.  The tiny bits we haven’t got round yet to inhabiting or mining, what is left of the planet’s natural eco-system.  Where until fairly recently (about 200 years ago) it was still possible to witness prehistoric tree canopy, under which lived an infinite number of other species (both flora & fauna), or pristine ocean.  Both representing what constitutes the heart & lungs that gives life to all on this planet.  But increasingly is attracting the interests of those who created manscapes, to strip and extract whatever will make them even richer, until soon there will be nothing left but yet another toxic wasteland, rather like where most of live now.

They don’t want us to know about any of this, but nor do we if it means we can’t continue to buy stuff.  Which is not good news.  Especially as our thirst for spending/ exploiting is growing exponentially, while simultaneously our global population is increasing similarly.

So I thought I’d start making a list.  Of all the things we need to think about and do, in order to stop the world being totally destroyed by ignorance and greed.  And as I think of more I’ll add them too.

In no order of significance.

  • LAND (and sea) USE. The planet is not ours.  If we claim ownership of any part of it, be it for homes/ roads/ buildings/ agriculture/ whatever, even ecologically sustainable projects, then we are removing it from its single function, to provide life.  There is NO use by us that would constitute ecological benefit.  You cannot even have ecological/ sustainable agriculture, because that is a monoculture, as is grazing.  Where none of the indigenous plants nature needs ever get the chance to grow.  So if we really want to do something positive for the planet we have to change our diet to one that does not interfere with nature, stop having children, and reduce our physical footprint.
  • PLANTING/ GARDENS/ MANSCAPE WILDLIFE These are ALL artificial creations, serving no ecological benefit whatsoever, only to provide us with food and a habitat for the handful of species that have managed to evolve sufficiently surviving on our waste.
  • THE NOAH’S ARK/ ZOO mentality.  Just because we happen to nurture one or two examples of a species (or have saved the seed) does not mean we understand what it is to be part of a global ecology, nature and nature along decides where/ what/ and how many of something it needs to function, not us.
  • We have to stop taking natural resources that cannot be replaced immediately/ identically.
  • The oceans are the most essential part of life on this planet, as well as the most sensitive.  The process of chelation means that anything it comes into contact with will spread to the whole.  We must cease polluting oceans.  Likewise, aquifers are the lifeblood for trees and other plants with deep root systems.  We therefore must not take any more from them than our bodies need (3 litres a day per person) then return it unpolluted.
  • RELIGIONAll beliefs follow the same nonsense, that the earth was created for their sole use.  This, as even Charles Darwin concludes in ON THE ORIGIN OF SPECIES, is rubbish.  We have simply chosen to forgo a natural way of life for one of acquired habits instead.  Preferring logic of our own invention, to the instinct we were born with.  We need to tune back into the greater whole.
  • There is no such thing as RENEWABLE ENERGY.  All the materials used to create these machines need to come from somewhere, need to be maintained, have a limited lifespan.


to be continued…  

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