Mother Earth is burning. What have we done!
We, as the human race, have an enormous responsibility. We have to take care of Mother Earth. The environment is our habitat. Nature provides us with food, shelter, water, and air, and by using the available resources intelligently, there is enough for everybody.
We also have a responsibility towards future generations. The children of your children and their children.
Our environment is disappearing at an alarming rate
Is our behavior responsible? Do we take care of the environment? Sadly, we do not, and the telltale consequences are becoming more visible every day. Worldwide, anyone can observe where this “taking care” has definitely gone wrong.
The list of our wrongdoings is getting longer every day, and some situations have passed the point of no return. Here are a few examples just to show you how sad and awful it has become.
Human greed is a destructive force which can cause uncounted consequences which affect all the inhabitants of this planet. It has an influence on fauna, flora, and you. Everything is related and creation shows us that all of it is important.
It is imperative to keep a healthy and often beautiful balance in place. When men interfere and upset this balance, we all will suffer eventually.
At the moment there are many raging fires across the globe
The famous Canary islands are on red alert as temperatures of 39C (102F) are expected. These islands are located south/west of Spain and are just off the coast of Afrika.
Each of these islands has a distinct personality, beauty, and unusual nature, and is a big tourist attraction. During wintertime, the temperatures are very mild, which is why wintertime is considered high season for these islands.
Recently a fire broke out in the center of Gran Canaria, which over the past few days, turned out to be a terrible one. It was in the center of the island where the mountainous terrain made it very difficult for the firefighters.
Often the fires were nearly inaccessible. 9000 people had to be evacuated twice from their villages.16 aircraft and 1000 firefighters battled the blaze which ruined 10.000 hectares and also burned part of the precious Tamada Natural Park
More wildfires this summer
An awful fire in Siberia is putting Russia on track for having its worst year on record. The smoke was so immense that part of the country was in a haze. This cloud of smoke arrived at major cities like Novosibirsk, and imagine, it even crossed the Pacific Ocean and arrived in the United States.
Siberia is huge and normally fires rage until nature extinguishes them, with the first rains of October or with the first snowfalls. This time, it was fought but the fire still destroyed 21.000 square miles of forest, an area about the size of Belgium.
Trying to stop this fire was extremely difficult, and even the use of bulldozers to create fire lines was not always effective. The clearing of vegetation like dry moss and anything combustible might slow down the fire, but any wind gust can make a spark fly and the fire continues on the other side of the fire line.
Alaska and its extreme weather condition
When one thinks about Alaska, one does not have a tropical climate in mind. Well, this summer it was different as Alaska suffered extreme weather conditions. The capital, Anchorage, registered their hottest June ever and reached a record-breaking 90F (32C) on July 4th. That is more like Spain but for Alaska very unusual.
There was little rain, so the entire area was a kind of dry, which makes people aware climate change is here. These events are no longer sporadic or once in a while, but we must be prepared for these things to happen much more frequently and soon it will be the norm to look out of the window to see smoke and even flames. I have a friend who lives in Alaska who told me that for weeks on end the air was nearly unbreathable.
Alaska has known many big and devastating fires in the past. The big fire of 2004 which burned 6.5 million acres. This year, 2019, fires have, up till now, “only” consumed 2.5 million acres, but the summer is not over yet and till the rains come there is still a high chance of more wildfires.
This is a disturbing YouTube video. What if we cleared the Amazon? At the rate it is going, soon there will not be much left.
The green lung of our world is on fire
When far-right Jair Bolsonaro was elected president of Brazil in January 2019, there were many people who feared for the worst. It seems he shares a similarity in worldview together with President Trump, giving priority to big companies above the urgent need to protect the environment.
After all, the Amazon is the world’s biggest lung and produces clean air for the world. Clearing trees to convert the land into pasture for the millions of cattle the world still seems to need for food is reducing the Amazon forest at an alarming rate.
Often, the trees are not just cut down but set on fire. This gives the soil a short term nutrient enrichment because of the ash and minerals left on the soil.
For the past few years, Brasil had shown an understanding of this problem and even actively started protecting this precious part of the world. Now, with this newly elected president, all previously achieved goals come to naught.
The president sacked the head of the agency, as there was a fierce disagreement on deforestation data. This is like when Mr. Trump fired the director of the EPA. These 2 men think along the same lines. To hell with the environment, let future generations find another place to live. We need to fill our pockets now.
Amazon is burning with an increase of 84% compared to the same period of the last year 2018. Remember that the Amazon is home to three million plant species and animals of which only a small part has been studied. I must also remind the reader of the fact that there are one million indigenous people living there. Where can they go? The fires are destroying their homes and food sources.
Recently there was a blackout in Sao Paulo. It seems the reason was the smoke of all these Amazon fires, which were 2.700km (1.700 miles) away. Some meteorologists said it was caused by the fires in Paraguay and not in the Amazon region, but the fact remains that smoke can leave a vast city without electricity.
People living in big cities must prepare themselves for the worst. It will only get hotter and dryer. With these men in power, and the trees disappearing, what air will be there to breathe in the future?
This book is a celebration of the trees
Colin Tudge, the author of this book, travels the world to explore the beauty, variety and ingenuity of trees. Why they grow so strong and talk to each other like a genuine family. This is a fascinating and magical book, and you will see trees with fresh eyes.
As an Afterthought
What are we doing to Mother Earth? All these fires cause greenhouse gasses. Greenhouse gasses make the ice melt faster. The water levels will rise worldwide and people will lose the ground under their feet. Plants and animals will die as it destroys their habitat.
Our waters and air will get so polluted that we have to walk with face masks on and filter or distill our water. Many people in China and Japan are already living like this. At the rate we are going, the entire world might soon adopt this “new fashion” of wearing face masks.
I wrote this post in August 2019. Who could have imagined the entire world would wear masks because of COVID-19?
Personally, I would rather see a regeneration of Mother Earth. Having her shine in her total beauty once more. Giving us once again the joy of looking at beautiful nature and breathing pure and health-giving air.
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Source: The news these last weeks
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