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DEATH OF THE FORESTS IS DEATH OF THE PLANET AND MANKIND

Updated on April 1, 2012

GREEN: WE IGNORE THIS DEATH AT OUR PERIL!

The warning signs are everywhere

How long will we ignore the warning signs? Every day is precious. There is no more time to lose. It may be too late already. We have wasted decades in self denial. It is time to organise and pressure our leaders and governments to take action. It was the following video that stirred this response to incorporate it into a Hub Page for everyone to share. Everyone should see this video and become uncomfortable watching it.

It is shown on the Al Jazeera English News Channel website. It is an inspirational 47 minute video without dialogue. It shows the slow death of an orangutang caused by the destruction of its habitat. The film maker supplies a moving editorial which is followed by many interesting comments. The causes are manifold. Over Population, Climate Change, Deforestation, Pollution, Greed, Corruption & Capitalism gone wild, Government Grid lock. Everything that we are aware of but choose to ignore.

It is time now to organise ourselves. To give the silent majority a voice, We must be heard. We need to shout loudly. We have already wasted several decades to self denial. Please watch the video before you read anymore. Thanks.

WITNESS - GREEN: DEATH OF THE FORESTS.

What are the causes and their solutions?

This very moving video (47mins) without dialogue - about the death of an orangutang because of the destruction of the forests in Indonesia. It is followed with a very serious and thought provoking article by the film maker. This is followed by some very interesting comments and replies . . . some see it as a problem of overpopulation, which it is, others think it is a greed & capitalism problem, others as a climate change problem. It is all of them and what is the solution? What do you say to these questions?

Will Mankind end up like Green?

Green was found starving with nowhere to go. If we destroy this planet we got no escape, there is nowhere to go.

One of the major causes is the wasteful lifestyle of the developed world. There is not an easy solution. Governments and politicians don't want to tackle it because it will be unpopular and people won't support them. So here is the crux of the matter. These problems require everyone to be behind ithe solutions. The people have to see the sense and the urgency of it . . . at the present rate, the earth will be past recovery by 2040. It is all very depressing, because people are only interested in looking out for themselves in the short term. We have become addicted to wanting more . . . this has to be reversed to needing less. It is not going to be a quick fix. There will be ugly and violent chaos if matters are left as they are. Already we see the millions living in camps in the Horn of Africa suffering from extreme drought. It really is shameful, how the gap is widening between the haves and the have nots. This is happening in every society and every country and will surely get worse. Those of us living in the West, feel we are suffering by having to do some belt tightening, cutting back on our expenses, and learning to make do with less. By comparison, there are many millions having to live on less than one dollar a day . . . While we sit in our arm chairs moaning how tough we have it, writing about these issues on our computers . . . can we really say we are in imminent danger of starving to death? So everything is relative. And here is where the system must be overhauled. Most people see pictures of suffering, calamaties and disasters. Starving little children, people and animals suffering . . . we are touched and often make some sort of a donation. We provide emergency aid to help whenever possible. This is in addition to funds sent by governments as annual aid & development programs.

Yet too often, these funds and aid packages fail to meet the needs of the people for several reasons. More often than not, the leaders and systems of governance are riddle with corruption and secrecy. How often do we see these dictatorships being overthrown and revealing billions of dollars deposited in secret overseas bank accounts. So the solutions to these problems has to be tackled on many different fronts. To ignore them is to continue down the road to certain death & destruction. Sounds dramatic . . . because it is!

Only by putting this situation centre stage can action be formulated, agreed upon and implemented. All the past mistakes and self-denial are coming home to roost. Who can raise public awareness and rouse the people to want to meet this challenge. It is the core issue from which all other problems stem.

It must become our clarion call while we still have time and a slim chance to turn the tide on disaster. It is no longer a question of choices. So many International Summits and World Conferences collapse !under their own weight. Critical decisions are fudged, action is blocked by self-interest groups . . . time passes, the problems grow while the remedies become pointless. except to meet again next year for more talks!

Creature Comforts . . .Maybe the Price is too High?

How will the future generations cope with the ugly and worsening messes we are leaving them? There are no miracles . . . only hard choices about how we continue to exist on this vastly overcrowded planet. The human race is turning into the plague which has the potential to destroy itself. We must wake up to these dangers now. We must organise ourselves to petition our governments and leaders to introduce urgent measures to change themselves. All forms of capitalism must be reviewed and priorities redrawn to scale back on vanity projects and all unnecessary activities.

The only wars that should be funded are the wars against greed and corruption. Spending on weapons of mass destruction must be immediately curtailed. There are enough armaments in existence to keep any country safe. Security means providing all humanity with enough clean air, water, food and shelter. Health care and education are the basic needs for us all. Leaders who want to engage in racial and religious uprisings to amass wealth and power should be immediately deposed and arrested.

It is no good hiding behind the it's not my business attitudes. If your neighbour's house is burning do you ignore it? Do you watch until the fire spreads into your roof?

It is time to organize and apply pressure on governments everywhere. The silent majority must make themselves vocal. We must raise our voices . . . shout out!

WHAT ARE WE DOING TO OURSELVES? GREEN WAS LEFT WITHOUT FOOD AND SHELTER AND DIED. IS OUR FATE GOING TO BE ANY DIFFERENT?

If we continue to plunder the planet we certainly will end up like Green and his family. The wild life, flora and fauna were all on this planet millennia before humankind. Every time we watch a species join the extinct list, we hammer another nail into our own coffins. As the song says: Every time we say goodbye, I die a little . . . “I wonder why a little . . . ‘

Now is the time to wake up to what and why these things are happening. We must become Custodians and not simply addicted Consumers. Stop this crazy behaviour and consider what we need to remain a sustainable species before we too join the extinct list .Creature comforts come at a price. Maybe the price is becoming to high.

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      christollesseb 5 years ago from UK ME ASIA

      Thanks and much appreciated

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      bryanbaldwin 5 years ago from Los Angeles

      Thank you for writing this.

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      Cynthia Sageleaf 5 years ago from Western NC

      It is time for a revolution: a Green Revolution against big oil, big corporations, consumerism, and greed. We ALL have the power to create a harmonious world. We have got to get out of the "I need more" mentality. Eek. You have written a very thought-provoking hub. Thank you.

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      Brett Caulton 5 years ago from Thailand

      Sharing this one, as you make some great points. It is unfortunately the consumerism and big business that is destroying the world. These companies need to be forced to be more responsible, but governments love the taxes and people keep buying! It is looking bleak ... will be quite 'interesting' over the next 50 years

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      Claire 5 years ago

      And thankyou for your inspiring words, I have been thinking of continueing on with that particular theme. You have just helped push me more in that direction.

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      christollesseb 5 years ago from UK ME ASIA

      clairemy,

      It's more than OK. You post the most wonderful Hubs about saving the natural world. It is an honour to be linked to you. Thanks for all that you do. Ciao, Christo.

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      Claire 5 years ago

      Finally catching up with everything, I hope its ok I have +1'd this to my google plus.

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      christollesseb 5 years ago from UK ME ASIA

      Hi thumbi7,

      It is nice to meet and thanks for your comments here. I see you have been a Hubber now for past six months. I will enjoy reading you posts.

      Namaste, Christo.

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      christollesseb 5 years ago from UK ME ASIA

      These are now mainstream concerns. A pity that the majority of people still prefer to focus attention on latest celebrity gossip and fluffy topics. Thanks for being active and aware of these serious environmental issues.

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      JR Krishna 5 years ago from India

      Very interesting hub!

      We experience everyday the increasing heat and other climate changes due to destruction of green.

      But still the importance has not seriously gone into many of us.

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      Claire 5 years ago

      You are right, bees are also vital, and I believe there is great concern over the decline of the Bumblebee as well. They trouble is with bees that people are afraid of getting stung, and The African Honeybee has given all bees a bad press because of its aggressive nature. But we need them all!

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      christollesseb 5 years ago from UK ME ASIA

      clairemy,

      You are correct, every creature fits into the big picture. There was a petition a while ago to save the bees. They are being decimated due to man's aggressive use of pesticides. They pollinate the food we all eat. They are vital to our survival too.

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      christollesseb 5 years ago from UK ME ASIA

      Dear clairemy,

      No matter what is its size, every living organism is part of the bigger whole. Sometime ago a petition was being circulated to save the bees. Their numbers are being decimated for several reasons related to man's aggressive use of pesticide sprays etc., If we damage the bee population we will be in big trouble. They freely pollinate our food supplies worldwide. They are vital to our survival too! All creatures great and small . . .

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      Claire 5 years ago

      But its not just the death of the forests is it.It is everything that these great wooded areas support too. I did a small hub about the declining butterfly. Believe me that is going to devastate the planet too.

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      christollesseb 5 years ago from UK ME ASIA

      Dear Tenkay,

      Thank you for your comments etc., Much appreciated that you will share it with others. It is very serious situation now. I was deeply moved by this beautiful movie, without dialogue it spoke volumes even without words. Poor Little Green left with only memories of his once beautiful home up in the treetops with his family. I hope the message reaches out to a wide audience that we have to change our ways. Become Custodians and not consumers of this Planet's resources. We are in danger of destroying everything and that includes ourselves.

      Thanks again, ciao for now, Christo

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      TENKAY 5 years ago from Philippines

      It is so scary, but true. I might not be around in the next 3 decades, but what will happen to the next generation? In my own little way, I plant trees. I go home to the mountains during vacations and I see to it I plant trees.

      Voted up and useful.

      I will share this site in my redgage.com account.

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      christollesseb 5 years ago from UK ME ASIA

      Hi again clairemy,

      I did indeed read your beautiful hub and the amazing trees displayed there. I had also been told about the Brazilian Rain forests being the lungs of the world. We must protect everything on our precious planet. We have no choice if we want to have a future here.

      Many thanks for stopping by, Ciao, Christo

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      christollesseb 5 years ago from UK ME ASIA

      Dear JKenny,

      It was such a beautiful film, silent yet the message was loud and clear. I wanted to share it here with other Hubbers. It is unpleasant, but we need to take matters seriously if we want a future. Thanks so much for visiting the Hub Page and leaving your vote and comments. Ciao Christo.

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      Claire 5 years ago

      thats what I said in my hub, just a little more gently.

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      James Kenny 5 years ago from Birmingham, England

      Very interesting, and a chilling prophecy from one of our closest relatives of the fate that might befall us. Have you ever heard of the Easter Island civilisation and their story. I think that can serve as an example in miniature of what might happen to us. Voted up and shared.