Keeping a Blue Planet Blue
Save our Blue Planet
A Blue Planet
The question of whether Americans should believe in God or not has arisen recently. Is it okay to have In God We Trust on American money if a good portion of Americans don't believe in God or, at any rate, the same God? Personally I believe it is okay but there are those who disagree.
Is it against the American spirit to refuse to have the pledge of allegiance said in schools because it refers to a God? This is a question best answered by Americans.
There appear to be more Atheists in the world today or at least more Atheists willing to speak out. Their main concern being what we are doing to the planet in the name of this religion or that.
Of course you can still be religious and believe in saving our world. You just can't be fanatically religious.
There have been times when it might well have come to pass that our world would become a cinder floating in space.
The Cold War ended, however, without this happening. If the Cold War had religious fanaticism, people willing to kill themselves and their loved ones for a religious conviction, then things might have worked out differently.
Today there are a great many people on the move. are they all true refugees? Many of them fit such a description. The reasons? War springs first to mind. But there is also overpopulation which brings about poverty and then war.
Religious belief seems to fuel overpopulation which brings about religious fanaticism and the kind of wars we have been having of late with the resultant refugees.
For Europe 2015 has been a tough year with refugees and fanatical Muslims causing havoc. 2016 isn't shaping up to be a much better year.
From outer space our planet is like a wonderful jewel with its oceans, seas, lakes and rivers being at the heart of what it is and needs to be in order to sustain life.
Yet one thing should be noted about this wonderful jewel. It is not getting any bigger.
Scientists have yet to find a world similar to our own. Scientists have, however, found possibilities that we don't at present have the ability to explore properly.
We do know, however, that many planets are not capable of sustaining life. It may even have been a fortunate series of accidents in the creation of our solar system that allowed our planet this privilege.
There is a great ball of ice that might support life once our sun is no longer friendly but hostile to our world and it can thus get the heat required to be an aquatic planet. In the meantime we are doing our best to destroy the delicate balance between a living, workable terra firma and simply another rock in space circling a sun.
Planets that can support life appear to be so unique it seems a shame to waste our own especially when we don't have much of a chance of getting to another planet capable of looking after us. Yet this seems to be what we are doing.
It was an astronaut who first called our world a blue planet. There are scientists who most definitely agree. Mars might have once been blue with rather deep and impressive oceans and seas but they are no more.
Nowadays the atmosphere on Mars is poisonous. Was this always the case? Deep ravines are indicators of where there might well have been water on Mars. Perhaps there is still water on Mars deep under the ground. It is a fond hope.
The moon is without atmosphere at all but it is a great place to be if you want to see a world rise before your eyes that, in fact, has it all. Yes, the earth has a breathable atmosphere and water. The deserts may be growing but there life still abounds.
Australia is drying up. It does no good to pretend otherwise. The winters along the coast have been colder and wetter in recent years but there are farming districts that have had very little rain in a very long time. Global warming? Quite possibly. When the rain did come there was flooding and the destruction of crops.
Have there been great droughts and great floods before in human history? An impressive drought hit Australia in the late 1890s going into the early years of the 20th Century but it is nothing compared to what farmers have been through over the last decade.
England has been flooded a number of times in recent years. In early 2014 the flooding came with high destructive winds.
What about other parts of the world? Egypt was once very green.Then the desert grew and only the Nile saved the people and at least some of the land from wind blown oblivion. Today deserts in many parts of the world are growing.
We are destroying the ecosystem of our oceans, seas, lakes and rivers through over fishing. There are fish species facing extinction that were once common.
The Japanese are still harvesting whales despite the fact there is no need to do so anymore and whales are most definitely on the endangered species list. Will they be harvested to extinction? Well there are young Japanese who disagree with this practice. It is hoped that their voices will be heard in time.
The United Nations has known for a while that overpopulation of humans has caused great stress on our world. They have collected the statistics and continue to do so but appear to be powerless to do anything about it. Restless youth are a by-product of lack of space in which to grow.
It was believed back in the 1960s that a nuclear war would wipe out much of the world's population and make much of the world uninhabitable for humans for centuries to come. Our blue planet, after such devastation, would not longer be blue.
Nostradamus a long time ago seems to have predicted something like that happening.
In the USA in the 60's and 70's there were underground comic books pushing the belief that nuclear armament build up by the super powers would eventually lead to nuclear devastation. Berkeley, California was one place where such a belief was strongly held and where some of these comic books came from.
The James Bond movies of the 60's and 70's had the British coming between the Russians and the Americans to prevent a full on war between them erupting. In other words, Bond was the man to find out what was really going on and the British government was the voice of reason.
Of course the Bond movies were fiction as were the novels. Even so the concern was there. The possibility of no more blue planet.
It was with great relief for many people when the nuclear race and also the Cold War came to an end.
Focus on the nuclear arms threat, however, took the edge off of a problem the United Nations had been aware of since the 1950s. The world's human population was on the increase. There were arguments that this was okay for the present because of the deaths caused by the Second World War but the numbers of humans continued to increase.
Soon after the Second World War migration to Australia started up in earnest. The Australian government of the day saw the problem of lots and lots of people from Europe coming into the country and not having gainful employment. The government did something about this.
Government projects such as the Snowy Mountain Scheme of dam building mixed with supplying cheap electricity for future needs helped ease national concerns and tensions.
The migrants could be useful. They could help build up the country.
Australia back then, by world standards, had a small population. For safety's sake the population had to be increased.
Of course this piece of reasoning completely ignored the then recent lesson taught by the USA. You didn't need a big army sponsored by a large population anymore. Two nuclear bombs dropped on Japan was the proof.
Even so, the migrants came and continue to come. Whereas the USA in the late 19th Century and early 20th Century had been the dumping ground for unwanted humanity, Australia became the new dumping ground and continues in this role to this day.
Many a migrant had made good in Australia and no doubt this trend, though no longer helped along by the government, will continue.
Even so, world human population growth has never been properly addressed, religion generally getting in the way. It tends to be side-stepped with the view that countries such as
Australia and New Zealand will continue to take excess humanity despite the fact that space in both locales is finite and not infinite.
Remember that our planet has been seen from outer space and it is in itself finite.
In Australia in recent years farms have given way to the creation of suburbs, reducing where food can be grown. Swamp areas suck as Wolli Creek in Sydney have also been built upon as the scramble for more and more housing for more and more people continues. Thanks to human greed and stupidity, what was once green is green no more.
No doubt Australians back in the 1950s thought that migration to their country would someday stop. It is likely to continue past my lifetime. Many people from many parts of the world now reside permanently in Australia.
Most migrants over the decades have not looked to interfere with the life style of those born in Australia and whose families have been in Australia for generations. They have instead tried, and with some success, to work in with them.
There are, however, religious fanatics that have come to Australia recently that have tried to disrupt normal life here. Their agenda seems to be world domination via population growth.
Are they too stupid to see the harm they are doing to our lovely blue planet? Or perhaps they simply don't care. Religious fanaticism can be a strange and terrible beast.
In 2005 Muslim Youth tried to section off parts of Cronulla south of Sydney for use for Muslims only. They did this through intimidation. Girls as young as eleven were victimized by these Muslim Youth simply for wearing bikinis on an Australian beach in summer. The result? Cronulla exploded.
Those Muslim Youth responsible for the Cronulla riot have yet to pay in any way for their misdeeds.
In 2014 one Muslim madman, let loose on Sydney streets by a court system way too politically correct, committed murder. Was this the fault of other, law abiding Muslims living in Australia at the time? Certainly not. The disturbing thing is that, after he had been known for violence and had been implicated in another murder, he was still free to walk the streets.
In France in early 2015 artists and writers were killed by fanatics with religious beliefs that fly in the face of the French spirit of LIBERTY and freedom of expression. A sign of the times? Perhaps so but not a very pleasant sign for someone who would prefer the pen to the sword. Also this is a way of stopping talk about limiting population growth. Simply kill the messenger.
In France June 2015 more vicious attacks by fanatical Muslims upon the French. November 13th black Friday attack upon Paris.
In 2015 an attempt to section off part of London, England for Muslim use only took place. This was primarily done by Muslims who had been born in the U.K. but had little regard for British customs or laws.
The British media took the whole business to be a big joke but the Muslims who had participated were serious. I have seen the film footage.
Banning women wearing mini-skirts was part of what these Muslims in London were against.
And the mini-skirt was a British idea connected for all time with the Beatles, Twiggy and then the peace movement.
Make love, not war? Forget it! Rather anti-British you say?
How can they be anti-British if born in Britain? As one of the Muslims in the film footage stated: 'Just because you were born in a stable doesn't make you a horse'.
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