8 minute Space Flight ≥ World Population’s Carbon Emissions in a Lifetime  |  Let your Conscience Decide  |  What Can You Imagine?

Let your conscience decide. But before you can make a decision, you need to be informed. After all, this affects you. While we’re busy progressing through (or digressing from) our life’s daily activities and responsibilities, there’s a truth blazing right in front of our eyes. Hint: It’s not a comet

Leonardo DiCaprio Explains Don’t Look Up | Netflix

That’s right, An 8 minute space flight is equivalent to 1 Million people’s carbon emissions in a lifetime.

I participated in a 2 hour informational meeting organized through members of the Boston XR chapter 1/11/22. The Extinction Rebellion talk was about taking hold of your democratic right to have your voice heard. The topic of the meeting, non-violent direct action; pressing the political body and the media to tell the truth to the public. Non-violent direct action has been around for a long time; such as what Mahatma Gandhi, Henry David Thoreau and Rosa Parks did. They too, did not feel that the powers that be, were listening. 

Given that neither US political party nor the corporate media give much attention or time to honest communication about Ecological Breakdown and the Climate Crisis. 

While we’re busy, enmeshed in our own worlds, a lot of information of critical importance that affects all of us, is sort of, glazed over. Several years ago when I lived in Santa Fe, New Mexico, I hitched up to the ski basin and a former climate scientist who worked for the California government gave me a lift. He mentioned that in 1991, he was instructed NOT to release his findings in a report, that incriminated the oil industry clearly as being culpable for our heating planet. I was shocked. This wasn’t something to blame on our then current buffoon in the White House. Instead, it reveals a systemic and systematic non disclosure of information; the government and institutions bowing to the industries that feed them with green, and I’m not talking about marijuana. Oh yeah, even the former Speaker of the House during the Obama administration, the guy with the long unsmiling face, John Boehner, who continually voted against legalizing marijuana, now has invested $$$$ in the industry; which is being groomed into a large-scale corporate controlled industry with strict licensing – cutting out the small growers. Boehner has his talons in this one. “John Boehner Was Once ‘Unalterably Opposed’ To Marijuana. He Now Wants It To Be Legal”

In the meantime, the pharmaceutical industry billionaires, along with the tech ones, have also been willingly not disclosing information, as they looked at their sky rocketing accounting books as a burgeoning mass opioid epidemic was happening. They kept quiet, because they were seeing massive profits. 

This systematic cover-up and looking the other way while one’s bank account fattens, has already been in place.

Noam Chomsky talks of this in his interview with Amy Goodman on Democracy Now regarding the current Anti-Science evangelical movement and Neo-Liberalism in the United States of Amnesia.

I had to look up ‘the scopes trial’. to see what he was referencing. In 1925 in Tennessee, a teacher was tried for having the audacity to teach evolution theory.

He talks of the evangelical, anti-science minions of Trump today who are misguided through a strong media. Chomsky says 

“It is our responsibility to turn the country to sanity.” 

He talks about the trend of Neo Liberalism in the last 40 years and its transfer of wealth from the working and middle class (90%) to the very rich. The religious right is healthy and strong. 

And with his quote in mind, that’s why we can all rebel against extinction, and decide to actually work and act and play together. And say, I wanna hear more? 

What is it that is blazing before our eyes? Well, it was well-covered by the network television stations. I heard the statistic from one of the people in the zoom meeting.

“Jeff Bezos Got as Much Morning Show Coverage in a Day as Climate Change Got All Last Year”

While governments and industries and corporate stories are about pride, conquering, staking one’s territory and profiting from one’s investments.

Our stories are more about surviving, and surfing the net. We might have similar ambitions nestled in quiet achievements and joys about conquering our own fears and losing bad habits. In the meantime, we need to guard from being Zucked by our boy billionaire, who wants to conquer our inner space. Mark would like (with our purchase of his software and hardware) for everyone, to ‘switch’ from life, to a fantasy. From being sensorily in touch with our own bodies, the turning of the planet, the changes of seasons and some semblance of connection to the living systems of our earth and to each other face to face. To instead, buy into Meta. Rather than walking and driving while staring down at our phones, that’s old school. We can instead meet (anyone) and go (anywhere) in Meta, without even having to get dressed or brush our teeth. We can put on any mask or costume we like, to hide behind. A fantasy world that you, yes you, can create. You don’t have to bother to leave your house or couch. Now we’re talking zombi land, for real. We can all say ciao, see ya later, while merging into being mesmerized in our goggles, wired to a virtual universe. 

Why spend time being concerned about nature, if you can ‘be there’. If there are no tigers anymore, who cares? We can visit with them while sitting on the toilet with our googles on and bluetooth.

While the billionaires are shooting off rockets to conquer and profit from space flight – Jeff Bezos, Elon Musk, Richard Branson – they are ignoring a glaring part of the equation. 

One 8 minute rocket launch is equivalent to 1 million peoples carbon output in a lifetime. 

“How the billionaire space race could be one giant leap for pollution” (not for mankind)

“One rocket launch produces up to 300 tons of carbon dioxide into the upper atmosphere where it can remain for years.”

These are educated intelligent guys, uh, chaotic weather systems from global warming? extinction? 

One Space Trip Emits a Lifetime’s Worth of Carbon Footprint ”That’s pretty messed up.”

This statistical analysis of carbon emissions relative to income and wealth levels globally, clearly indicates where accountability lies 2022 World Inequality Report 

“One space flight emits more carbon dioxide than most of the world’s population will create in their entire lifetime.”

Regarding Global Carbon Inequality

Per capita emissions across the world, 2019
Per capita emissions across the world, 2019
Per capita emissions across the world, 2019

I had to look what MENA stood for. Middle East/North African countries consisting of Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates and Yemen.

We are in the midst of an environmental extinction crisis and global heating climate catastrophe whose main driver is fossil fuels and industrialized well, ‘everything’.

Rather than the world’s wealthiest men orchestrating and paying for the seeds for a worldwide participatory tree planting movement, or putting money and incentivizing people to participate in realizing the recently deceased biologist EO Wilson’s Biodiversity foundation and his Half-Earth project, or mobilizing the world’s population to collect plastic and rubber tires and make renewable building materials from them. 

Instead, they perform a virtual drag race (eerily close in time to one another), launching their mechanical penises into the sky, in a salute to endless technical expansion; symbolizing their desire to financially occupy and profit from the skies. Before space junk comes crashing down from failed missions…

Corporate media gave more hours of coverage to the wealthiest men in the world, who rather than saving rainforests, or driving a collective planetary undertaking committed to not building walls and paving every piece of earth, but weaving together habitats and nurturing the earth’s systems: wetlands, forests, rain forests, oceans.

Philip McMaster Sustainaclaus | co-founder World Sustainability Coop

In light of the fact that business enterprises rule and money speaks, XR realize that the only way to pressure change organized from the top down, is to share information and messages to the public and media, to influence those who can coordinate and facilitate major action. 

I can imagine a really delightful more peaceful and beautiful environment, with people interacting and taking the time to build new paradigms in action and interaction, as we physically re-invent life that is not car-driven. I see public parks, gardens, car-free cities, and more care going into education and empowerment. Clean, efficient and pleasant train travel. Bicycle infrastructure everywhere.

What can you imagine?

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People’s Climate March in nYc September 21st 2014 | Flood Wall Street

The People’s Climate March was timed with the United Nation’s Climate Summit 2014 in which dignitaries from around the world and President Obama responded to Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon’s invitation to talk about Global Warming. On the 21st of September, people from all over the world participated in climate marches in their own towns. It was the largest simultaneous Environmental March in history.

Here’s a link to the 352 photographs that I took at the Climate March hitchabout nYc Sept. 21st and Flood Wall Street march the following day, Sept. 22nd 2014

United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change

United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change

Here’s more info about the climate march. And a link to 352 more photos – highlighting and describing the specific messages of the climate marchers and ‘Flood Wall Street’ gatherers the following day.

Leonardo DiCaprio at UN

actor Leonardo DiCaprio shaking hands with the UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-Moon

Leonardo di Caprio adressed the public in this video message, timed with the March and Climate Summit: Stop Pretending Like Facts Don’t Exist.

This shot below was zooming in to capture a drone hovering above the crowd. Small and moving with speed and precision, it was easy to miss. Perhaps it was monitoring for a journalist? Though much legislation will arrive regarding the rights and privacy demands that will ensue with the operation of drones, there are already some quite positive uses. This article about drones by Caitlin Kauffman  “Flying a Fine Line: Drones could be a boon for conservation – but first, they need to overcome their stigma”  in the Sept/Oct Sierra magazine points out. “Despite their reputation, though, small civilian drones like Hugo are making their way into a variety of eco-toolkits. Drone-mounted thermal cameras alert game wardens in Namibia to poachers stalking elephants and rhinos. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration flies tiny drones into the eyes of hurricanes to collect climate data and improve storm warnings, and scientists from southeastern universities equip them with sensors to track spilled oil in the Gulf of Mexico.”

Here’s a link to the 352 photographs that I took at the Climate March hitchabout in nYc Sept. 21st and Flood Wall Street Sept. 22nd 2014

closeup shot of a drone that was executing very quick turns on all axis.

closeup shot of a drone that was executing very quick turns on all axis.

No Wars to Defend Petro Dollar

No Wars to Defend Petro Dollar

There was plenty of media coverage. Huffington Post reports on the numbers around the world that marched, around 600,000 people worldwide.

The World Wildlife fund sent this to my inbox today Oct 7th, regarding the numbers who came out to support the Climate March and the fact that this is only the B E G I N N I N G!

Climate Change Action Now, WWF, World Wildlife Fund

Climate Change Action Now | World Wildlife Fund

Cree prophecy

“Only after the last tree has been cut down. Only after the last river has been poisoned. Only after the last fish has been caught. Only then will you find that money cannot be eaten.”

I march because overpopulation and human habits have wrought havoc on our environment. As this article by Damian Carrington in the Guardian indicates, “Earth has lost half of its wildlife in the past 40 years, says WWF. “The number of wild animals on Earth has halved in the past 40 years, according to a new analysis. Creatures across land, rivers and the seas are being decimated as humans kill them for food in unsustainable numbers, while polluting or destroying their habitats, the research by scientists at WWF and the Zoological Society of London found.”

Regarding the Living Planet Index (LPI), “We have all heard of the FTSE Financial Times (London) Stock Exchange 100 index, but we have missed the ultimate indicator, the falling trend of species and ecosystems in the world,” said Professor Jonathan Baillie, ZSL’s director of conservation. “If we get [our response] right, we will have a safe and sustainable way of life for the future.”

The Living Planet Index (LPI) reflects changes in the health of the planet’s ecosystems by tracking population trends of over 2,500 vertebrate species. Much as a stock market index tracks the value of a set of shares, the LPI calculates the average annual rate of change for species populations from 1970 to 2008, the latest date for which sufficient data are available. I wrote about the Gross Domestic Project (GDP) in a different light in an earlier blog: “GDP Gross Domestic Problem – Why the Measurement of Wealth Depends on a Healthy Environment”. https://digesthis.wordpress.com/2012/04/12/gross_domestic_problem_-why-measurement-of-wealth-depends-on-a-healthy-environment/

My ribbon of hope stated “All of the species | plant | animal | fungal whose habitats are being lost.”

Here’s a link to the 352 photographs that I took at the Climate March hitchabout nYc Sept. 21st and Flood Wall Street march the following day, Sept. 22nd 2014

All of the species | plant | animal | fungal whose habitats are being lost

All of the species | plant | animal | fungal whose habitats are being lost

ribbons of peoples wishes

ribbons of peoples wishes

IMG_0121

Raging Grannies

Raging Grannies

BP $

BP $

March for the Penquins

March for the Penquins

 

facking

if you frack the water, you frack the kids

Let’s not even START to talk about the deleterious effects of the impact of fracking on groundwater. In an article written for the Rolling Stone, “The Big Fracking Bubble: The Scam Behind Aubrey McClendon’s Gas Boom“. Jeff Goodell states that “McClendon dominates America’s supply of natural gas the same way the Tea Party-financing Koch brothers control the nation’s pipelines and refineries.

The Climate March was organized by numerous global environmental organizations, of which these are a few: 350.org, Avaaz, GoFossilFree.org, the Center for Biological Diversity http://www.biologicaldiversity.org, Greenpeace.org and MoveOn.org.

World Wildlife Fund (WWF) was another of the groups demanding collective action; for people to join in the streets of New York city to demand world leaders meeting at the United Nations General Assembly, to turn-talk-into-action. WWF encourage friends and family members to watch this free online film about climate change.

Climate Change Disruption

Climate Change Disruption
the film

Climate. Change. Disruption” is a film by Kelly Nyks and Jared P. Scott. They ask you to be a part of the largest climate march in history.

There was also a lively hiphop crew with a very articulate native american speaker.

music hiphop

music and words about the environment

Hands Up

Here’s feedback from avaaz about the march.

http://peoplesclimate.org/events/

bird kites

the march with bird kites

Man carrying sign ‘Corporations are Killing the Planet, pauses as he gazes at a painted sign on the ground that says ‘Capitalism is Killing the Planet’.

Here’s a link to the 352 photographs that I took at the Climate March hitchabout nYc Sept. 21st and Flood Wall Street march the following day, Sept. 22nd 2014

Corporations are Killing the Planet Capitalism is Killing the Planet

Corporations are Killing the Planet Capitalism is Killing the Planet

the Bronx contingent

the Bronx contingent

native american spirit

native american spirit

Tax Carbon

Tax Carbon team

Tax Carbon

Tax Carbon

http://www.taxcarbon.info

Protect Appalachian Communities

Protect Appalachian Communities

submerged Brooklyn bridge

submerged Brooklyn bridge

Don't Panic Learn to Swim

Don’t Panic Learn to Swim

Reclaim the Future

Reclaim the Future

Tax Wall Street End Climate Change

Tax Wall Street End Climate Change

Financial Advisor, Progressive Asset Management Group

Financial Advisor groups Progressive Asset Management Group

 

I met Eric at the end of the march. He was promoting his Progressive Asset Management Group ‘Divest with Us’

 

 

 

 

 

 

horse-drawn carriage NYC

driver didn’t really have to pay attention, the horse was on ‘automatic pilot’.

the horse was our 'automatic pilot'

the horse was our ‘automatic pilot’

 

 

Later when several of us were trying to get a cab to go out to dinner, we were forced by the numbers of people there, to take a horse drawn carriage instead. The driver was well versed in talking about politics.

 

 

 

 

The march the following day, on Monday the 22nd was from Battery Park to Wall Street. The theme abounded, Flood Wall Street; Stop Capitalism, End the Climate Crisis

Wall Street river

I met a German woman, Godlind, who has lived in the United States for years. She and I chatted in the morning before the Wall Street march got underway.

Climate Action Now

Godlind holding sign Climate Action Now

 

She gave me a copy of her Sierra magazine, saying that at least two articles would be of interest to me. She was absolutely right. Sierra’s motto is Explore, Enjoy and Protect the Planet. The September-October issue of the Sierra Club looks into art as education about the environment, cool green schools and much more.

Imagine, Remembering John Lennon was on one side of this postcard.

Imagine, John Lennon

Imagine Remembering John Lennon

and on the other side were photographs of the simultaneous march globally.

theglobalmovement, The global movement Revolution, Globalization, Evolution

The global movement Revolution | Globalization | Evolution

@theglobalmovement Instagram Revolution | Globalization | Evolution

crimethinc workers collective

Artwork by Nikki McClure Poem by Hank. CrimethInc ex-Worker’s Collective

your life is your life, don’t let it be clubbed into dank submission. be on the watch. there are ways out. there is light somewhere. it may not be much light but it beats the darkness. be on the watch. the gods will offer you chances. know them, take them. you can’t beat death but you can beat death in life, sometimes. and the more often you learn to do it, the more light there will be. your life is your life. know it while you have it. you are marvelous, the gods wait to delight in you.

Another newspaper-sized flyer depicting Capitalism as a Pyramid Scheme was also distributed by CrimetheInc (an anarchist collective composed of many cells acting independently in pursuit of a freer and more joyous world). The resulting inequalities can only be maintained with escalating force.

Capitalism, Pyramid Scheme

Capitalism As a Pyramid Scheme

Global warming and recession are the first warning signs. Let’s join forces to establish another way of life.

After the People’s Climate March, the work begins. BEYOND EXTREME ENERGY – action to retire fossil fuels. A week of action – starting November 1st in Washington D.C.

Polar Bear

CO2 bubble

CO2 bubble

Scott Beiben media ripple
Bull Shit
preditor and prey

Carol Keiter Wall Street

Reclining on Wall Street banner

Naturally one learns a lot when gathering among a bunch of people, now the work begins!

Climate March New York, NY
The following day, 3,000 of the 300,000 who attended the march the previous day, met at Battery Park and walked to Wall Street. links to photos of each day.

Flood Wall Street

flooding wall street

mother earth tears

tears for mother earth and her creatures

 

I really was feeling emotional, as I held someone else’s earth globe, moved by all of the different people involved in expressing this purpose. My plastic dress had “The Great Pacific Garbage Patch” written on it, though it just as well could represent the carbon bubble.

carbon bubble,

Carbon Bubble theory

Cree prophecy

I mentioned the Cree Prophesy in an earlier blog http://carolkeiter.wordpress.com/2013/11/22/the-truth-earthlings-love-letter-to-the-earth-thich-nhat-hanh-kumi-naidoo-greenpeace-saving-the-earth-from-ourselves-only-after-cree-indians/

Naturally, I hitched to the march. hitch sign NYC

nYc hitch sign

nYc hitch sign

hitch sign Canal St. Station

Climate March and NYC hitch sign upon arriving in SoHo at the Canal St. Station

And another sign I made along the way.

En route to NY, I encountered people inside their car, as it was towed after running out of gas.

towed car

towed car

towed car with the passengers inside

towed car with the passengers inside

Arriving in New York city, I met a young man Amir whose Jewish father was born in Iraq, his Jewish mother born in Iran. He was raised by his parents in Israel, and can NOT go to either of his parents’ homelands, because of his Israeli passport. Interestingly tragic. I was getting acquainted with his snake. snake

Here are 352 more labeled photos highlighting the specific individual messages of the climate marchers and Flood Wall Street gatherers the following day.

the Polar Bear canvassing for the Center for Biological Diversity

the Polar Bear canvassing for the Center for Biological Diversity