The past week has been an emotional one for life lovers everywhere. For me, it started with Taiji and the awful massacre of hundreds of dolphins. Before I go any further, let's talk a little about dolphins and their observed behavior . Cetacean advocacy for 2013
Dolphins typically live in close knit social groups. They have their young, the young nurses for up to a couple years and then they possibly stay with their mothers/elders for up to 8 years. They are smart to the point that they have on occasion helped man (in the wild). They are sentient life forms. They are now being seen as non human persons by more than one country, but that did not stop the awful slaughter of hundreds of dolphins this year at Taiji and other places.
While reading the overwhelming amount of posts online this week, I was struck with heart wrenching thoughts of what it must be like to see your family slaughtered and your children ripped from your side. One of the activists that was there (Satoshi Komiyama) sobbed and wept as he was so heartbroken over the cries of panic and pain coming from the captured pod. (Picture to the right)
The truth is these pods feel exactly what we would feel if we were in the ocean with our family and all of a sudden a bunch of savages decided they were going to net us, separate us, drag some of us on to a beach and cut open our spines and let the rest of us who are captured watch. While our family lay dying on bloody shores, we are held captive and poked and prodded to see if we look as delicious as our brothers, sisters, mothers, fathers, grandmothers & fathers. Imagine being in this type of situation for 4 days without food or comfort, all you hear are the cries and panic of your family being slaughtered. And if you are not killed or taken, you are then forced back out into the ocean without your loving family, forced to leave the dead, dying and captured behind. Completely unacceptable behavior coming from humans you would think, especially considering this is what we call being civilized.
If that was not enough to cause as emotional stir, we are hit with the gruesome pictures coming out of the Faroe Islands. I understand tradition but I don't understand how having your children watch and take part in the violent murdering of sentient beings helps to make them an adult. This type of behavior is NOT civilized, it makes me a little sick to my stomach, and makes me a little ashamed to be part of the same race. How can we call ourselves civilized and do these things to other living things? These are creatures that feel, creatures that respond to the calls of family, creatures that have bonds with their kin. How can these people that take part in these things sleep at night? The following is how you can make a difference from your little spot on the globe:
Sign this one right away!! Need a few more signatures ~ http://www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/724/210/624/
RYOT has great resources ~ http://www.ryot.org/5-ways-take-action-taiji-dolphin-slaughter/546237
Take part/ Take action ~ http://takeaction.takepart.com/actions/cove-help-save-japans-dolphins?cmpid=action-share
Save Japan dolphins ~ http://savejapandolphins.org/take-action/help-spread-the-word
Care 2 petition ~ http://www.thepetitionsite.com/5/stop-dolphin-captivity/
Dolphin project ~ http://dolphinproject.org/take-action/dolphins-in-captivity
Take action ~ http://www.ryot.org/cause/dolphin-project
I welcome comments and more so ones that contain more avenues of action. As we go along on our journey, we must consider those other creatures we share this planet with and remember the golden rule, "Be kind to everything that lives".
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Do you believe so? Do you feel that the water we drink from fresh water aquifers should have a price put on it? Many corporations feel that water should have a price, that water is a human right when referring to the water we need to live, but water to wash your car, water your golf courses and gardens should not be "free reign". Instead they feel a price should be put on water so we can regulate what little fresh water supply we do have.
The fresh water we have is not an infinite supply by any means. Groundwater & aquifers take thousands of years to recharge (replace what has been removed) and with us pumping water out of the ground faster than it can recharge, what do you think will happen? This is not speculation, this is not far fetched, it is a simple math problem. When you subtract a large number from a small number the result is smaller or a negative.
Water will run out, just like oil, fresh water is not something that we can continue to waste, contaminate and or pump out of the ground for profit, it must be held in the highest regard and respect for without it, we cannot live. Think about that for a minute while you sit cozy in your home with fresh water being delivered to your faucets and/or toilets. How much of it do you feel is wasted when we leave a faucet running for 2 minutes or flush our toilets. Considering the supply and demand of fresh water it is not hard to imagine us seeing a time where we don't have it so readily available.
Corporations want to put a price on water so we learn how to live within our water means. Truth is I don't believe for one minute that it is to help the great deal of people living without water on this planet, I think the agenda is to use something that every living creature needs to survive as a chess piece to make money. But I could be looking at it wrong. While watching the CEO of Nestle talk about water and how it should be regulated, I had certain times when I found myself agreeing with what he was saying but my heart was screaming about the point missed. I feel that corporations and the people with all the money have the means to help, but it is not by sucking groundwater out and bottling it, it is more by coming up with a filtering system that can be worldwide, something that takes our bad water and turns it into good water by an easy process. With all the smart people there are in the world, you cannot tell me that someone has not come up with an idea of how to streamline the filtering of our grey water and apply it to everyday living. And getting down to the truth of the matter, people want things fast and now and do not want to wait, instant gratification has become the name of the game, regardless of how many people it will come to harm.
Water is a human right, but that does not mean to the point of running the well dry.
Carl Sagan said, "An organism at war with itself is doomed, we are one planet" .
What does that really mean for us? It means that what is done to one part of a system affects all parts of the system. We are not separated from the world around us, we are in fact part of it in such a way that when comparing our own systems to that of something as vast as our universe, an emerging similarity is so visible it is futile to deny.Earlier human traditions paid homage to this fact. The early cultures respected the fact that our surroundings are directly affected by what we do in them. Take for example an indigenous tribe in the
rain forest. They only hunt for what they need and they always give respect for what they have. By doing this they ensure their survival by not hunting all the game out of their forest by always being appreciative of what they have and by not taking more than they need. Imagine if you will what would happen if every day they hunted for more than one kill and took more life than the forest had time to replenish. How long do you think they would last in a forest that is hunted each day and generations of life striped away at a rate that is greater than the rate of reproduction? If you are seeing things clearly, and seeing how delicate a balance life on this planet hangs on, you would see that they would not last through a couple of seasons. But look if you will at what we have now. We have mass production of food which continues to lead to the destruction of those places that produce life. Forests and oceans are being wiped clean by either hunting,
over fishing, clear cutting and/or pollution. We have tipped the balance of consuming to reproduction in such a way that they have laws about how many months you can hunt/fish etc. We have taken much more than nature can keep up with and we continue to take more and more each day. Eventually, like the indigenous tribe in the rain forest, we will have nothing left to take.
We have lost our respect for this planet and in doing so we have doomed our selves. We are at war, war with ourselves, war with our planet. While life always finds a way, it is not beyond our understanding to clearly see what will happen if we continue on this path. We are nature and "we are one planet", meaning you should treat this planet well because in doing so you are also treating yourself well.
The inspiration for today's writing can be found here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HjrmK8t6VYk
This is the most beautiful thing. Not only does this look good and provide light, warmth and cool, but it take bottles out of the garbage.
I am going to do one of these myself this summer. I am collecting beer bottles from everyone I know. When I get close to construction I will know the amount of bottles I am short and may ask for some help from you fine people, but at the present moment, there is no short of beer loving individuals.
This photo is from Earthship's Blog page, click on the picture to go to there site.
Happy bottle building!