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A Plea For The Future Of Life


“Rise like Lions after slumber
In unvanquishable number-
Shake your chains to earth like dew
Which in sleep had fallen on you
Ye are many-they are few.”
― Percy Bysshe Shelley

I’ve been away on holidays for the last 10 days, but the Canadian government and its soul mates south of the border have taken no vacation from their environment-bashing, clean-air-and-water-trashing, climate destabilizing agenda while I’ve been gone. Is it enough to make all of us rise up like lions after slumber, to protect a habitable planet for our children?

Here’s how Frances Crowe of Massachusetts responded to this ecological and moral crisis, with courage and outspokenness (from the Brattleforo Reformer):

A 92-year-old woman who was arrested for unlawful trespass at Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant two days after Tropical Storm Irene caused massive damage in Windham County was arraigned in Windham Superior Court Criminal Division on Thursday.

When asked what her plea was to the charge, Frances Crowe, of Northampton, Mass., said “I plead for the future of life and all living things in New England.”

After being asked again by the judge what he plea was, she said “Not guilty.”  Click here to read the full story on the Brattleboro Reformer’s Facebook page.


Frances, thanks for the inspiration, and for standing up for our children and their children!

2 Comments leave one →
  1. 2012/04/20 4:05 am

    Ocean Acidification is now irreversible… at least on timescales of at least… TENS of THOUSANDS of years…

    Even with stabilisation of atmospheric CO2 at 450 ppm, Ocean Acidification will have profound impacts (death and extinction) on many marine systems.

    LARGE and rapid reductions of global CO2 emissions are needed globally by at LEAST 50% by 2050.

    Analysis of past events in Earth’s geologic history suggests that chemical recovery (normal pH for LIFE in the Ocean) will take TENS of THOUSANDS of years – while the recovery of ecosystem function and biological diversity (LIFE AS WE KNOW IT) can take much longer. (MILLIONS OF YEARS)

    ..:: “Every day, 70 MILLION TONS of CO2 are released into Earth’s atmosphere. ( remaining in the atmosphere for thousands of years )

    ..:: “Every day, 20 MILLION TONS of that CO2 are absorbed into the OCEANS, thereby increasing the overall ACIDITY of the OCEANS.

    By 2100, Ocean acidity will increase another 150 to 200 hundred percent.

    This is a dramatic change in the acidity of the oceans. And it has a serious impact on our ocean ecosystems; in particular, it has an impact on any species of calcifying organism that produces a calcium carbonate SHELL.

    ..:: “These are changes that are occurring far too fast for the oceans to correct naturally, said Dr Richard Feely with the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

    ..:: “Fifty-five million years ago when we had an event like this (and that took over 10,000 years to occur), it took the oceans over 125,000 years to recover, just to get the chemistry back to normal,” he told BBC News.

    ..:: “It took two to 10 million years for the organisms to re-evolve, to get back into a normal situation.

    ..:: “So what we do over the next 100 years will have implications for ocean ecosystems from tens of thousands to millions of years. That’s the implication of what we’re doing to the oceans right now.”

    Calling all “Ocean Defenders”, to INFORM the UN-informed “voting” American public of the danger of atmospheric CO2 produced by fossil fuel combustion… leading to global warming and Ocean Acidification… leading to the extinction of the base of the food chain in the Ocean and the loss of oxygen producing phytoplankton that is essential for Life on Earth… the only known planet with Life, as we know it, in the entire universe.

    Keep saying it to everyone… until everyone is saying it to you.

    Until a critical mass of American “voters” can actually understand the OA problem, and stop living in denial, there will be no “political will” to solve the problem… mainly caused by Americans and the US military, ( ) … while believing their “might is right”… and believing in the infallibility of the human ego, while ignoring their own Spiritual appreciation/gratitude for Life itself… in effect, worshiping golden idols over Life.

    While a critical mass of American “voters” stubbornly cling to a blatant denial of the findings of 98% of the top scientists of all time… the problem will not be seen by the “voters”… until it is too late.

    ~ Capt LL

  2. 2012/04/20 7:02 am

    Thanks for the links, and for your passion – we live in critical times where everyone needs to wake up to what humanity is doing, and create a better future for our children and all future generations.

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