How Dare We?

Just a little moral outrage in reaction to this…

Ocean ‘dead zones’ becoming global problem

WASHINGTON (AP) — Like a chronic disease spreading through the body, “dead zones” with too little oxygen for life are expanding in the world’s oceans.

“We have to realize that hypoxia is not a local problem,” said Robert J. Diaz of the Virginia Institute of Marine Science. “It is a global problem, and it has severe consequences for ecosystems.”

“It’s getting to be a problem of such a magnitude that it is starting to affect the resources that we pull out of the sea to feed ourselves,” he added.

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Pollution-fed algae, which deprive other living marine life of oxygen, are the cause of most of the world’s dead zones. Scientists mainly blame fertilizer and other farm runoff, sewage and fossil-fuel burning.

Really, what right do we have to kill this planet? Where is our deed, where is our permission slip from some patriarchal authoritarian sky god telling us it is ok to trash this planet? And where oh where is our fucking common sense to not keep taking a dump in our fragile blue nest?

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Which,  if I may remind us all,  is the only planet we have?

Egotistical, short sighted, and no better than animals after 40 years now of ecological consciousness, empirical evidence and warnings from scientists all over the globe. We are not just killing ourselves with our stupidity based primitive technology, we are killing species who took billions of years to evolve…or if you are a creationist, species that God put on the earth for a reason. Not to mention killing the planet for the OTHER half, the half of the people on the planet who don’t enjoy the ease of the fruits of technology. Folks who have never even seen a TV let alone the psychologically manipulative crap that oozes out of it….

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…. to sell us shit we don’t need, don’t really want, and has no real purpose other than to gratify some bored mall goers ego and primitive hunter/gatherer/shoppers instincts in the course of eliminating a goodly size chunk of the biosphere.

We don’t own the biosphere. We don’t own the planet. And we have NO god given right to trash it as if was a frat-house on a Saturday night and the maid service was coming to clean up in the morning. Well , there ain’t no maid service…WE rae all we have got and we better damn well get it together while we still have a chance to save ourselves from extinction by stupidity.

Be it from God or the evolutionary process, this planet is a gift, a living breathing gift to the barely developed species called humanity, one of only billions of species on this jewel of an earth, that exist not for us, be ever increasingly despite of us. The Earth does NOT belong to us, we are guest upon her and live only by her suffrage, which from appearances is rapidly running out, due to our arrogance and incompetence and greed.

And what is the excuse for not behaving as if we were an actual intelligent species and halting our destruction instead of fucking increasing it as we still do every day? The cost. THE COST! How much it will cost us to change.

Yeah, right, you idiots…..how much is it going to cost us NOT to change?

What price will YOUR children and grandchildren pay because of your short side inexcusable greed?

Humans suck.

/rant

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    …or die, you insufferable idiots!  

    • Edger on August 18, 2008 at 8:36 pm

    that is a damn juicy looking hamburger up there. Awesome buns.

    If that is what oozes out of TV maybe it helps explain “How Dare We”?

    We’d probably better start killing all the TV’s, I think… and quit dumping plastic in the oceans.

  2. There is the North Pacific Gyre. All manner of trash and waste comes off the continents and ends up in the gyre.

    Trashed

    The ocean in the gyre is a plastic soup…

    There are uninhabited islands that are littered with garbage…

    Our oceans are sick. And when the oceans go so does everything else.

  3. is the culprit, farm runoff is loaded with this element, because fertilizer is loaded with it.

    Farms leach into rivers, which run into other rivers, most of which eventually ends up (in the U.S.) in the Mississippi to cause the enormous  dead zone we call the Gulf of Mexico.

    I live near the Chesapeake – another watershed full of nitrogen, costing local fisheries 80 thousand TONS of food.

    How many people does it take to eat eighty thousand tons of seafood?

    I can only eat a couple of tons myself, in a lifetime, if I eat a pound of seafood a week. (76 years)

    Makes me wonder what the per capita increase in food production is as a result of using all that fertilizer to grow grains and feed livestock?

    Can we get farmers to stop using fertilizer?

    Is there an alternative, or a market for an alternative?

    I sometimes wonder what the world will be like when babies today are my age. Why have we not heeded the advice of Chief Seattle?

    • Robyn on August 18, 2008 at 11:57 pm

    …of our trip, so I’m not there yet.  But I just produced a false-color image of a manatee for your essay. 🙂

  4. Because the dead zone is in our consciousness.

    • on August 19, 2008 at 7:37 am

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