By Michael McCarthy, Environment Editor

Tuesday  21 June, 2011

“The world’s oceans are faced with an unprecedented loss of species comparable to the great mass extinctions of prehistory, a major report suggests today. The seas are degenerating far faster than anyone has predicted, the report says, because of the cumulative impact of a number of severe individual stresses, ranging from climate warming and sea-water acidification, to widespread chemical pollution and gross overfishing.” 

I’ve been watching, pondering waiting for inspiration: waiting for something positive to say.  However, I have given up.  I don’t even have anything useful to say let alone do.  Yes, I know, despair is NOT the answer.  But the array of forces steadily wounding Gaia is so well entrenched.  Multinational business control so much.  Where would we start with resisting?  I suppose I need help, retraining.  Maybe I need to be recruited. It seems as a species we have a challenge never before presented to us – the need to cooperate instead of competing.  But we have not learned how to be peaceful.  We still spend billions on weapons, millions on aircraft and automobiles and award our multinational business executives obscene salaries and benefits as an award for desecrating the very ground of our being.  AHH, yes we know where the problem lies, but will we come together, cooperate to resist effectively?  Not so far.

What about you?  How do you cope with the knowledge that day after day the death knell rings louder for the greater part of you, the part from which your life sprang into focus, the part that nourishes, sustains and brings you the joy of just being?