The United Nations
UNEP, the United Nations Environmental Programme, gives an update as of September 1999 on the state of the world's environment.
Referring to the relationship of human actions to the Earth's environment, the United Nations report begins with these words:
"The present course is unsustainable and postponing action is no longer an option"
It is clear just from this report that there is a huge environmental problem looming ahead for the Earth. Go to www.unep.ch/earthw/geo2000.htm for the full report.
The President of the United States
President Clinton has been trying to get the American public to heed the dangers just ahead in our future -- but to little avail. Here are a couple of examples.
In his address to the United Nations Environmental Conference on June 26, 1997, Clinton states:
"The science is clear and compelling: We humans are changing the global climate. Concentrations of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere are at their highest levels in more than 200,000 years and climbing sharply. If the trend does not change, scientists expect the seas to rise two feet or more over the next century. In America, that means 9,000 square miles of Florida, Louisiana and other coastal areas will be flooded; in Asia, 17 percent of Bangladesh, land on which six million people now live, will be lost; island chains such as the Maldives will disappear from the map unless we reverse the predictions. Climate changes will disrupt agriculture, cause severe droughts and floods and the spread of infectious diseases."
You can read the whole speech at http://www.ecomall.com/activism/presun.htm.
President Clinton, in his Earth Day speech on April 15, 2000, in the Sequoia National Forest, stated:
". . .the greatest environmental challenge of the new century [is] climate change and global warming. The 1990s were the hottest decade on record. Scientists say that the temperature rise is at least partly due to human activity, and that if unchecked, climate change will result in more storms and floods, more economic disruptions, more permanent flooding of coastal areas, perhaps the entire flooding of island nations, and more threats to unique habitats such as the one in which we are today."
You can read the whole speech at http://www.pub.whitehouse.gov/urires/12R?urn:pdi://oma.eop.gov.us/2000/4/18/8.text.1
As an example of news that simply gets lost in the mounds of "more important" news, read this article entitled "Greenland's Thinning Ice Signals Global Warming." (http://news.excite.com/news/r/000721/14/science-greenland-ice-dc).
Time's EarthDay Special
On April 22, 2000, Time magazine published a special edition called EarthDay 2000. This issue is perhaps the most comprehensive statement on the environment ever made to the public. And yet when we tried to link with this issue on Time's website, we had some interesting experiences. In a nutshell, that edition of Time magazine seems to have literally disappeared (see Who Doesn't Want Us To Know the Truth?)
Fortunately, we obtained a copy of this magazine before it faded away. We will choose just one of its articles for purposes of this discussion.
The article, written by Eugene Linden, is called "Condition Critical." In it, Linden asks the question, "What will it take for us to get serious about saving our environment?" The article gives an exclusive look at a soon-to-be-published U.N. assessment of Earth's ecosystems, showing that they are "strained to the limit" and giving the Earth a "critical priority."
This U.N. assessment was derived from the launching of the most ambitious study of global ecosystems ever undertaken. "In September," Linden writes, "at a special millennial session of the U.N., four of its agencies and partners -- the World Bank, the U.N. Development Program, the U.N. Environment Program and the World Resources Institute -- will present the first results of this project, a Pilot Analysis of Global Ecosystems. The findings of the $4 million study, called PAGE for short, will be published in the 2000-01 edition of the World Resources Report titled People and Ecosystems: The Fraying Web of Life."
The article continues: "PAGE starkly concludes that our planet's capacity is beginning to diminish, threatening our economic well being and ultimately our survival. It's not possible to go through the report's maps, charts, graphs and case studies without wondering, `How did we let things get to this point?' The joint editorial announcing the findings of PAGE ... confirm their `commitment to making the viability of the world's ecosystems a critical development priority for the 21st century.'"
So How Much Time DO We Have?
The earth's scientists, in their warning, said that the time we have left could be as short as one decade, and that decade is almost at an end. Yet despite the efforts -- in some cases organized and heroic -- of governments and science to reverse the downtrend, it continues. This final quote is from the 1997 Annual Report of the Australian Marine Conservation Society:
"As scientific understanding of the Great Barrier Reef has improved, it has become increasingly clear that the coastal wetlands along the Great Barrier Reef coastline act as filters that extract a very substantial proportion of the pollutants from human activities on the land. Consequently, the loss of those wetlands represents a threat not just to the fish and wildlife that they support, but also to the health of the Great Barrier Reef system. AMCS has had a lot of success in protecting threatened wetlands sites over the years, but chronic incremental loss has continued. [emphasis ours --ed.]
There Are Two Possible Solutions
There are two ways to approach the possible healing of the Earth's environment. One is the left brained, logical, scientific approach. This, of course, is the very way of thinking that got us into this critical problem in the first place. However, we still will not rule out the possibility that science can come up with an answer that could heal the Earth. But if the 1,700 members of the Union of Concerned Scientists are correct, we have very little time to find this magic answer. And while we hope that science -- in essence the world's greatest religion -- will succeed, its priests are themselves extremely doubtful.
So while Ma'at Research intends to build an encyclopedia of possible environmental answers within our database, including scientific and psychotronic approaches, we feel that the greatest hope now lies elsewhere.
The purpose of this article was simply to awaken you to the knowledge that the Earth is dying. We have devoted the remainder of this magazine to the possibility that our Mother Earth can be healed in a way that lie beyond physical action.
If we are right, the ultimate link to nature is not in our brain at all, but deep within the human heart.
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